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March 6, 2011

Separation of Church and a Clever Post Name

Filed under: Chicago, Jesus — sashyjane @ 10:30 pm

I awoke this morning with plans to attend Ethos Presbyterian Church. Just a short train ride and walk away… or so I thought. I couldn’t find it (turns out it’s in a theater that I walked by 2 or 3 times) so instead, I wandered around the neighborhood, bought a packet of almonds and a cup of coffee and stumbled upon St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.


Inside St. Paul's

I’ve never been to a United Church of Christ. I mistakenly thought it was the Church of Christ that Annie belongs to. I thought to myself, “Annie’s solid, it’ll be nice to try something new. It’ll be kind of fun to praise the Lord in a different denomination.” Turns out that United Church of Christ and Church of Christ are about as different as PCUSA and PCA, Democrats and Republicans, ACORN and the Tea Party. You get the picture. While the theology and teaching were not my cup of communion wine, the music and the church itself were absolutely beautiful!

Exterior of The Moody Church

This evening, I attended a contemporary service (praise band, they read the scripture from an iPhone) at The Moody Church near my house. The teaching was good and solid but I prefer a more traditional style of worship. The keyboardist was pretty cute. He had sort of a Mr. Rogers appeal and strawberry blond hair. I’d just about finished planning our future together when I noticed he wore a thumb ring. Too bad, we could’ve been so happy together.

If I could blend the music and building from this morning with the teaching from tonight, I’d have my ideal church. The search continues!

Still on my list to try:

  1. Ethos (now that I know where it is!)
  2. Park Community Church
  3. Lincoln Square Presbyterian
  4. CityView Presbyterian
  5. Covenant Presbyterian


  1. oh, i was just dying at this post… right when i read the words “united church of christ,” i thought, hmmm… i wonder if she thinks that’s where i go… :) you know what, though< maybe you stumbled right into obama's church, because i hear he went to a united church of christ while he was in chicago…

    Comment by Annie — March 7, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

  2. Let me know how you like number 2 and 4. Glad you are enjoying Chicago

    Comment by Amanda — March 7, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

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