My husband, Ryan, and I are new to Open Door, so we decided the best way to really figure this place out was to immerse ourselves. We did this by joining four of the five Fall Circles. We liked that each Circle had a beginning and an end date, and we were very intrigued by all of the topics. So we ditched our normal precedent of keeping our schedule as open as possible and signed up, starting with a four-week Circle called Tune led by Dave and Krissy Kludt.
In the weeks since the Circle concluded, Ryan and I have continued to process, discuss, and practicewhat we learned. We have started to incorporate rest, lament, celebration, and reconciliation into our daily lives based on what we explored with this group. I loved that we took all the discussion and learning from Tuesday nights and were encouraged to immediately start working that out in how we actually live. I was particularly excited for the Tune Circle, because it was all about worship. Singing worship music in church on Sundays is one of my favorite parts of my whole week, and I was looking forward to learning ways to expand my worship experience. Dave and Krissy opened their home every Tuesday night for four weeks, and we gathered on their patio to explore worship in various forms. Right away it was a transformative experience. The Kludts led us in different practices of worship using reading, meditation, writing, discussion, art, food, and—my favorite—a dance party. The group was full of amazing, authentic people and through their willingness to risk and experiment, my faith and understanding of worship deepened.
One of the biggest changes we have made is to pursue rest in the form of taking a Sabbath. We are still working out how this will look, and some of our Sabbaths have been more successful than others, but it has been rewarding to see this practice as a way to worship Jesus. I will treasure the people I spent those four Tuesday nights with, and I will continue to see worship as the way I respond every day to Jesus and what he has done for me. I am thrilled to be on this Circle journey with Open Door.