My visit to Muldoon’s Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene on October 23 started off slow. The welcome and greeting was weak, but the beautiful musical service took hold, leading us into a worshipful state. Then, “bam!”, a noisy ‘meet n’ greet’ totally broke that spell, taking us off in another direction. The new member induction ceremony was nice to witness.
More music led us back again to worship. Pastor Brian Parker gave an excellent Bible-based sermon on The Prodigal Son, followed by a final musical selection and it was over. Although no one spoke to me as I left, I had an instinctive feeling I could comfortably venture another visit to this contemporary church on the hill in Muldoon.[img_assist|nid=158567|title=Hillcrest Musicians Making Beautiful Music|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=182]
Not Big on Greetings But Great Music
As I entered Click here to view this wonderful video. He spoke for about 45 minutes making this an hour-and-a-half service overall. If this sermon is ever made available it will be here. (Hillcrest’s web site is sadly out of date with the August 28, 2011 sermon as the latest posted, and mid-September announcements still on their home page.)* As the musical group was coming forward, the pastor invited people to come forward to pray in designated areas, while the group ended the service with a beautiful musical selection.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed my visit at Hillcrest Nazarene church. Their service could have been more effective with better service flow. The meet n’ greet was disconcerting after such a worshipful mood was established by the musicians. Their welcome and hospitality could stand more sincere attention, but overall, they did what a good church should do. Regardless of any flaws here, I would venture a repeat visit to this church.
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