Strings of incandescent light bulbs hanging overhead, tables full of food, and an outdoor living room stage all set the scene for Friday’s House Party and concert at a house in downtown Moscow, Idaho. 150 people greeted old friends and made new ones as Kyle Worsham and Michael Thomas serenaded the crowd. They played a blend of original pieces and covers, from “Call me Maybe” to “My Girl.”

Kyle, the worship leader at Resonate’s Moscow site, connected with the audience beyond his music by sharing personal anecdotes as his local community listened intently.

The crowd eagerly applauded when Michael - new to Resonate this year - took the stage. In August, he packed up his entire life and drove from Florida to the Palouse, heeding God’s call to serve as a worship leader at our WSU site.

But beyond the twinkle light ambiance and party atmosphere is the heartbeat of Resonate Church.

We believe that experiencing God is better in community; in fact, we believe we were created to live that way. We know that following Christ is both challenging and worthwhile, and we need friends who care about us, know us in an authentic and transparent way, and will fight for our ultimate good.

On top of that, in the midst of bringing new friends into this kind of community, we have a strong hope that they will see the love of Christ within our relationships. Our prayer is that newcomers would feel welcome and at home, that they would experience a generous, caring, accepting, and self-sacrificing family, regardless of what they believe about Jesus. But in the end we hope they meet Jesus.

This sense of intimate yet inclusive community was apparent on Friday, as fans and friends relaxed on blankets and lawn chairs in an evening of good food, quality time with, and great music. God has greatly blessed us with such a sweet community that turns friends into family. Don’t miss our next House Party!