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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. What a sweet reminder! Brought back a lot of beautiful childhood memories! Although I understand (and truth be told like) the more casual approach to church attire, I do miss getting dressed up for Sunday services. I feel bad for our children’s generation because they are not being taught that we wear our best on Sunday out of respect. They are missing out on the treasured words of classic hymns. I love the old hymns and have sung them to our children as lullabies.

    • Yes I also miss the hymns of old, such strong doctrine taught…i also sang them to my children as lullabys…and wearing our Sunday best was just the right thing to do out of respect for God…I do miss those days..

  2. So beautiful & lovely Deidra~felt I was right there with you. What a blessing to be part of that experience growing up~making God real for people in a tangible way.

  3. You brought back a flood of memories when you said college years…

    i remember walking to a church with a group of college students, the church was close by and I remember on the way back we’d start singing, and end up on the steps of one of the buildings and just sing our hearts out to the Lord. Contemporary music and praise songs were new on the scene then, I won’t date myself too much, but it was the late 70’s.

    I was just beginning to truly grow as a Christian in my college years, which makes those memories even sweeter.

    • I had some singing friends in high school. We’d hang out on the front porch and harmonize – Motown, gospel, and a few big band tunes. Good times!

  4. Powerful words. And that time became a part of you, a part of your Spirit, your faith. It reached and holds you still, and today it reached out and held us for a brief moment in time.

  5. What a beautiful picture your words painted!! I have always longed to attend a service such as you described. Need to put it on my bucket list! 🙂 I experience similiar feelings of connection and closeness at my church….but we don’t “rock the house”! Thanks for taking me on that walk down your memory lane!
    Blessings~

  6. I LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL POST TODAY. i GO TO A VERY SMALL CHURCH AND WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WORSHIP TIME. WE ARENT AS VOCAL OR OUTRIGHT AS YOU WERE BUT OH I WISH WE WERE. THAT IS SO UPLIFTING TO PRAISE THE LORS WITH JOYFUL NOISE AND A GLAD HEART. tHANK YOU FOR THIS POST aND tHANK YOU JESUS FOR ANOTHER DAY. aNOTHER SUNDAY

  7. SORRY FOR THE SPELLING ERRS I WAS JUST TO EXCITEDS TO TYPE CAREFULLY. I MEANT LORD NOT LORS

  8. What a beautiful image of the bride of Christ. What joy in heaven and across the earth if all believers would worship so, and hear God’s Word taught so, and would be in such a united community. My prayer this Sabbath Day. 🙂

  9. Thank you for this. I’m home from church this morning with two sick little daughters. Watching sermons online and listening to music is nice, but a little lonely. Your post fills my heart with beautiful thoughts of fellowship. Thank you.

  10. This was exactly my experience throughout my entire childhood..I left an impression on my heart and in my spirit…thank you for sharing and congrats to you for having this experience. A fitting tribute to Black History Month too…..this is how we did it and still do it!!!!

  11. Absolutely beautiful. Made me think about my own memories, especially singing “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” That song always makes me feel a sense of peace.

  12. Loved the sentiment that everyone felt “free” to dance, shout & lift up arms. I used to belong to a Methodist church & none of that is done there–very quiet.

    Now I go to a small Christian church with mostly older people. I feel open enough to clap my hands, sing loudly & yes lift my arms hands wide open–telling God to take it all–I can’t but you can!

    A neat dimension that I have added to our worship services, occasionally, is that of sign language to music for our special music time. I pick a song–hymn, contemporary Christian whatever & learn the signs. I stand in front of church next to pulpit & while music is playing do my signs as expressively as I can. This is my way of saying “Thank you Lord for all you’ve given me”!!

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    Loved the sentiment that everyone felt “free” to dance, shout & lift up arms. I used to belong to a Methodist church & none of that is done there–very quiet.

    Now I go to a small Christian church with mostly older people. I feel open enough to clap my hands, sing loudly & yes lift my arms hands wide open–telling God to take it all–I can’t but you can!

    A neat dimension that I have added to our worship services, occasionally, is that of sign language to music for our special music time. I pick a song–hymn, contemporary Christian whatever & learn the signs. I stand in front of church next to pulpit & while music is playing do my signs as expressively as I can. This is my way of saying “Thank you Lord for all you’ve given me”!!

    • Beth-

      I have always loved sign language in worship! Somehow it reminds me that God appreciates our worship – no matter what form it takes. Hymns, gospel, silence, dancing – all of it is beautiful to God. Thank YOU for sharing your gift.

  14. Oh, sweet sister – preach it! Love the sound of this place, love to hear about different rich experiences of worship, love the pictures in my head because of your writing. Here’s a loud AMEN from the corner!

  15. I love the way you paint a such a rich picture of your church with words – so evocative.
    Praise be that there is room for us all in church, and we are all part of one family.
    Amen!

    • Oh yes. There is room at the table for everyone.
      Every voice.
      Every song of praise.
      What a beautiful family He has knit together…

  16. You painted a beautiful word-picture, and I loved reading it. Makes me wish that I had been sitting in the pew next to you.

  17. What a wonderful post!!! I have been thinking about and missing my Grandmother who passed away many years ago. Your post brought back so many wonderful memories of going to church with her always dressed in our Sunday best!!!! I love the hymns of days long past. I know that because of my sweet Grandma I still remember so many of those songs and many times when I hear them today it brings tears to my eyes just remembering her. I can’t wait until the Lord returns to see her again!

  18. You’ve painted a lovely picture of worship, Deidra. Your words transported me to place and time. Love my church but would enjoy more outward expression of joy. Blessings.

  19. Ahhh, Deidra. Your post makes my heart (and eyes) swell. When you talked about lifted hands, it reminds me of my dear husband, who was not yet saved when we were married. He would say to me, “Why are people raising their hands during the service? I don’t understand that!” I did my best to explain it to him. Now, he is a believer, on fire for God, and when I’m singing in the choir, often his hands are the first to raise when we are singing. I thank my God for saving his soul. NOW he understands! He is such a blessing!

  20. Oh, I love this picture of the body of Christ! It reminds me of my childhood church. Whenever a new member joined, we would all hold hands in one great big circle at the end of service (no mean feat in a 300+ member church) and sing “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” a capella. Your story reminds me so much of those days and I love to hear about joyful places of worship like this!