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At Your Service: ‘Coming out of the godless closet’

Parlor

Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St. Meeting: 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Length of meeting: 1 hour, 30 minutes. Length of sermon: none. Scouting through the Gazette’s “Faith & Values” section, trying to decide what church to visit next, I came across a notice for the Billings Association of Humanists’ Socrates Café, apparently a regular discussion group. Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: Surprising simplicity at Harvest Church

Harvest

Harvest Church, 1235 West Wicks Lane
Service: 9 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Length of service: 1 hour, 19 minutes. Length of sermon: 38 minutes

It’s difficult to live in Billings and not know something about Harvest Church. That’s the one that raised a huge church building up near Skyview High, the church with the climbing walls in the lobby. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: After a long break, an intimate encounter

Oasis

Oasis Church, 2102 Old Hardin Road, Lockwood
Service: 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Length of service: 1 hour, 5 minutes. Length of sermon: 33 minutes

I don’t know how people get to church in the summer, or during most of the fall, for that matter. I had not consciously decided to take a summer break, but if you live in Montana you know how painfully short that season is. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: Satisfied with an agreeable disagreement

Victor

Victorious Word Church, 145 Alderson Ave. Service: 10 a.m., Sunday, June 8, 2014
Length of service: 1 hour, 21 minutes. Length of sermon: 36 minutes

It’s a bit awkward when you’re “reviewing” a small church and the minister, recognizing you from your mug in the newspaper, greets you with a hearty welcome. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: No sense gloating over extinct gods

Furst Christian

First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St. Service: 10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 11, 2014
Length of service: 1 hour, 28 minutes. Length of sermon: 27 minutes. Today I witnessed my first formal induction of a new church member. At the conclusion of his sermon, Pastor Bobby Shaw invited anyone who wanted to speak to him or pray with him to come forward. Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: Pleasant surprises at Mormon meeting

LDS

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Meetinghouse, 912 Wicks Lane
Meeting: 9 a.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014
Length of meeting: 1 hour, 12 minutes. Length of testimony: 32 minutes

I entered the Mormons’ meetinghouse with a heavy load of stereotypes and old prejudices on my shoulders. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: Something missing at ‘Gospel Mass’

Gospel

First United Methodist Church, 2100 Fourth Ave. N.
Service: 3 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014
Length of service: 48 minutes. Length of sermon: None

I did something a little out of the ordinary for this church visit. It was my intention from the start to avoid special days like Easter or Christmas, in order to witness “normal” services. That would seem to have ruled out attending and reviewing a special presentation of Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass” at First United Methodist Church. Continue Reading →

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At Your Service: A visit to a humble house of worship

Eagle

Eagle Ministries Inc., 304 S. 32nd St. Service, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Length of service: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Length of sermon: 46 minutes

I decided I needed a change of pace—something other than a Sunday morning and something other than a large West End church. (more…) Continue Reading →

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