I did not set my alarm on this holiday Monday, then I took my wife out for breakfast, then we went to a local park that has a few lakes. We sat by a lake and fished and read. The fishing was not so good, the reading was relaxing and the company was outstanding. As a result of the activities of the morning my musings are coming out a little later today. These are some great musings …
-Our time of worship yesterday was outstanding! It was one of the best days of worship we have enjoyed in our 16 months here at this church.
-The spirit in the service was tremendous. You could sense that God was moving even before the service began.
-There was great energy in the whole building and people seemed to arrive with great expectations. Your expectations as you arrive to worship will greatly determine your experience in worship.
-People were very engaged in worship and really sang out during the music portion. The time of greeting one another was great. I loved observing that people were sincerely embracing and fellowshipping with each other.
-A new family that attended last Sunday for the first came back and brought someone else with them. We had another new family in attendance.
-We had a moving time of paying tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country so that we could gather and worship freely.
-Our time of prayer was moving.
-During one of the songs a couple of people came to the altar, then another one came, and then a couple more people came and then we had another time of spontaneous prayer.
-I had struggled all week in preparation for the sermon for Sunday. I knew a couple of weeks ago the direction for the message but I just felt blocked every time I attempted to put it together. As a result I did not feel confident heading in to my time of preaching. Emotionally I felt overwhelmed all week and even as our worship service was about to begin. As the service kept going and the Spirit was moving I began to feel a release from the overwhelming feeling I had struggled with all week. Then when the people spontaneously came forward during a song to pray I sensed God whispering to me “Dennis, just relax. This isn’t all on you, I am working, see what is happening.” God is so good.
-People did seem engaged during the sermon and some conversations following the service confirmed that people were listening and that good things are happening.
-Our attendance was outstanding, and that was on a holiday weekend.
-A fun thing during the sermon was a story I shared about an event in my life back in high school. No surprise that the story involved basketball. As I shared the story and came to the point of conclusion I just left it hanging and went on to the next point. After the service I had people come straight at me and ask “So what happened next in your story?” There were a few who asked and I even got a text during lunch asking what happened. I told them all that I would finish the story next Sunday.
-Our small group did not meet last evening but one of our groups that is doing a study on prayer met at the church and walked around the church and some of the property praying. No wonder good things are happening in our church.
Here’s hoping that you have something you are looking forward to this week. Here’s hoping that see God working in your life this week.