So we visited churches...many of them. We visited some that were very close to our house and some that were not. We visited churches that were big and some that were small. We visited churches that were affiliated with a denomination and some that were as independent as they come. In our search, we had some pretty humorous experiences (remind me to tell you of the church with the marble communion table with the chiseled inscription "Come Unto Me" and a fence all around it....I swear I'm not making this up!) and some that were just downright discouraging. Some churches we went back to a few times and some we walked out of before the service even ended. Some churches we really liked but weren't close or there were other minor reasons.
But finally, I think we've settled into a church home. Indeed, the characteristics that we searched for and that I listed in the first paragraph really seem to exist in this little church in Brighton Heights. It is called Hosanna, and we are loving it. Hosanna is an expression of praise (and originally meant "Lord, save us") and we feel like it lives into both of those meanings. It is not a perfect church (and if it was, it isn't now 'cause I'm there!!!), but it is the perfect church for us. We walk there holding hands together, get to worship together side by side, and get to walk home hand in hand with a stopover for an awesome Panini at the Brighton Cafe.
Thank you Lord for leading us to the Northside of Pittsburgh. Thank you for a beautiful home of our dreams in a great neighborhood. Thanks for a great ministry opportunity at The Pittsburgh Project. And thank you for our wonderful new church home. May these things continue to come together so that our lives and every aspect of them can be an offering to you!