By: Nathaniel Hood

Things felt different when I walked in the building that housed the people of New Circle Church. Weeks prior, I had been attending services with a church that valued lights, loud sounds, catchy choruses and the like, and I felt hungry. Upon arrival to the Midway, I started to fill up.

The lyrics of the songs were deep, contemplative, and dense. The people looked me in the eye when they spoke and asked about my story. They were serious and kind. The teaching and liturgy was intentional and grounded. It was as if I was receiving my first steak dinner after years of fried rice.

And what was the difference? I can say whole-heartedly, especially after working as New Circle’s director of Music & Arts for over a year, that the difference is the Scripture, and the difference is Christ. The activities of New Circle Church are checked against the Bible before they are carried out and the impact is evident. Christ works through the hands and feet of New Circle Church and I felt Him from my first Sunday worshipping with the church.

“If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.” – John 15:10