We're grateful for Celeste Jenkins sharing her story with us. Celeste is one of three generations of the Jenkins family at Sanctuary -- what a gift!
It has been an interesting year for me as I’ve tried to adjust to moving to Columbus and find a new church home.
I started visiting Sanctuary with my son and his family. A multiethnic church was new to me as I’ve always attended churches with predominantly Black populations. The Methodist church I attended when I was growing up had only one white member and he was the church organist. The Baptist church I attended when I moved to Cincinnati had one white couple. Still, a multiethnic church appealed to me because of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said about Sunday being the most segregated day of the week, with races worshipping separately.
I thought if we’re all going to be in heaven together, then why can’t we worship and serve God together here on earth?
I thought it was worth a try.
Everyone was welcoming and nice at Sanctuary and the sermons were good and biblical, but it was hard for me to get used to the music. I would tell the Lord as I was coming to church, “Lord, I like the people I’m meeting. I like the preached Word, but I’m not crazy about the music! Can I stay at a church where I don’t like the music?”
All I could do was say, “Yes, Lord,” and ask for forgiveness.
The Lord had to remind me I had lost my focus, I had forgotten my reason for belonging to ANY body of believers! I got a new appreciation for that song that says, “I’m sorry, Lord, for the things I’ve made it (worship), It’s all about you… it’s all about you, Jesus.” I sing robustly, now, focusing on worship.
Since then, the Lord has led me to work with RCK for a while, become an usher, join the Wednesday Bible Study, and take part in an Emotionally Healthy Spirituality group; all of which are showing me the value of and appreciation for different perspectives and ways of doing things.