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Rome Baptist Church--Skeel

Few experiences remind me of the common bond that unites all Christians as vividly as attending a worship service in a different city or country when I’m traveling. When I’m in Rome—as I am for the next two and a half weeks—this usually means worshipping at Rome Baptist Church.

 It was a joy to make my way back yesterday morning to the church—which is tucked away in a lovely alcove off Via del Corso in the heart of tourist Rome—and to see the small sanctuary packed to overflowing. The congregation looks like a United Nations meeting. The church has many Filipinos, as does Rome generally. (Apparently Rome has been an attractive destination for Filipino emigrants in the past several decades because many Filipinos are Catholic and because the immigration standards have not been quite as strict, at least until recently, as in many countries.) One also hears African inflected English in the pews. And on any given week, there is also a large block of America college students, who are in Rome for a semester abroad or on a short term mission trip.
Something about the mixture of worshippers from many different countries always reminds me of Revelation 7, where John says that he “looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne … and crying out ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Rome isn’t always heavenly, but it seems in these moments of worship to briefly take the shape of heaven.


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I agree, there's nothing quite like worshiping with folks from many different countries. For that brief time, the curtain is pulled back and we truly get to experience what the Church trimphant is like. I'm also reminded of Isaiah 2, one of my very favorite passages in Scripture:
"The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2(A) It shall come to pass in the latter days
that(B) the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and(C) all the nations shall flow to it,
3and(D) many peoples shall come, and say:
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."

Thanks for the reminder of the great God that we serve, the One who graciously calls His people from among ALL the nations.

Tokyo Baptist Church has a similar African flavor. We went there while in Tokyo one summer and found it very good.

I recently blogged on visiting churches, recommending ones in Cambridge, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Chicago, New Haven, New York, Washington. I'd be interested in hearing comments here or at my blog. Where are good churches to attend in Los Angeles, San Diego, Paris, Dallas, San Francisco?