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I assume that SBC is Southern Baptist Convention? Or is this "Swedish Baptist Church."
No, our Conference Baptist denomination was not associated at all with Southern Baptist Convention . Our governing body was a "conference," while the Southern Baptists are run by a "Convention." They're just words that mean "a group of officials who govern the church."
Yes, our denomination was connected with the Swedish Baptist Churches. The Conference Baptists have a strong Swedish history, and the headquarters is in strongly-Swedish St. Paul, Minnesota. When I was just a tiny child, my church still held services in Swedish. Many of the members spoke Swedish and maintained ties with their Swedish relatives over in Sweden. And of course, I was taught that Swedish is the language that we will all speak in heaven!
This blows me away. At first I think it could get out of hand, in particular if one party isn't ready to forgive, but I'd think the congregation would have sufficient respect to take anything further outside of the service, and it's got to be humbling and powerful to be called on the carpet like that - or call yourself.
It WAS awesome. It's how I grew up. It was a wondrous thing for a child to watch the grownups apologize to each other, embrace each other, and then work together in various church projects. It was how I was taught to deal with conflict--apologize, forgive, and start over being friends.
This is one reason why I was so completely blindsided when our last evangelical church kicked me and my husband out--all my life until then, I was used to being with Christians who loved each other and worked hard to maintain peace and harmony. It was a shock for me to discover how hateful Christians can be, and that some Christians don't believe in reconciliation, or at least, don't believe in working hard to bring about reconciliation. Nowadays, if it's not easy, it's not worth doing.
Keep in mind that the church people in my churches knew that any given Sunday was Communion Sunday. So if they wanted to avoid reconciling with an enemy, they would simply not come to church that day. They knew that as long as they were involved in a conflict, they were "receiving communion unworthily," and if they didn't want to face that and deal with the proddings of the Holy Spirit, they would simply stay home from church. Always remember that there is no obligation for Baptists to go to church or take communion. It's all symbolic.
And even though that sounds terrible, it isn't. If someone isn't ready to be reconciled, forgive, and work towards friendship, it can't be forced. The Holy Spirit works in people to soften their hearts towards their enemies, but often, it does take a long time before a person, or two people, are ready to face each other and say, "I'm sorry." That's OK--that's real life.
This was our first Easter away from our old parish, which was affiliated as a Newman Center but it was a unique and more expansive community with an almost-charismatic style of worship. We didn't speak in tongues but the music was incredible, the homilies dynamic - the pastor got into the worship with a singular enjoyment. When he swung the hyssop, you got drenched. When he baptized (and last year we baptized 11 adults and welcomed another 20 into full communion), he dunked and proclaimed and we sang "Down to the River", clapping and really feeling the Spirit. Everything, from the lighting of the fire to the Exultet to the baptisms and confirmations to the reception afterwards, everything was pure joy. I miss it tremendously
You perceive a greater spiritual Truth that trumps the ecclesiology, that's a real sign of maturity. I'd really like to find a charismatic Mass, and just see what it's like, or at least find a dynamic pastor and a choir who sings with the intent of us following along. Our pastor - while he is an excellent confessor - gave a 20-minute homily the other week on the dangers of internet pornography and all the theology behind it. People left. There are two choirs - one comprised of 8 to 10 year olds, the other of octogenarian women. Both sing a higher register than I can possibly hit. Yes, we're fed, but I wonder how much our children will appreciate the Mass if it seems so out of reach.
This sounds good to me, too. I know that a lot of Catholics are interested in traditional Catholicism with the Latin, chants, and silence. I personally am NOT interested in this--I would more prefer the "charismatic" style of Mass. We have a Life Teen Mass in our parish on Sunday evenings which is more like what you're describing.
Related question - washing of the feet?
Depends on the denomination. We didn't do washing of the feet while I was growing up, but other denominations that I was part of did.
The important thing is that in the evangelical world, symbolism is not that important. What's important is not washing of the feet in a ritual, but going out into the community and the world and literally serving others doing something needed and helpful.