Yesterday was one of those days where I am not sure exactly what happened. That is not unprecedented. I have experienced many Sundays that left me wondering what really happened. That is not always a bad thing, but it is frustrating at the time. I can recite the facts of the day, and my musings will have some of that in it, but I am still wrestling with what some of it means going forward.
-We had a great number of children attending yesterday. We had them come in for the music part of our worship. That added a lot of energy, and a little chaos, but it was great to have them in with us. It also gave our adults who do not have children, or grandchildren, attending a chance to see how much our children’s ministry is growing. It was a great time to remind them to pray for the kids and those serving in that ministry and to put a plea out for more people to help in this ministry.
-Since the kids were in with us we had great engagement during the singing. There was even clapping!
-Our 2 new families from last week were back and we had another new couple in attendance. Our people seem to be taking seriously the encouragement to witness and invite.
-I continued my series on relationships but I changed up the action steps part of the message. While praying and walking around the sanctuary early Sunday morning I got a very clear sense from God that I needed to challenge the congregation on confessing. This is not a new thing for us, but it was not how I had planned to conclude the message and this was very specific in the type of challenge. As people began to fill the sanctuary I began to question what I sensed from God and was considering that maybe this wasn’t the day for that particular challenge. The good news is that I listened to the continuing prompting of the Lord and presented the challenge. It was a difficult time for me because there was no visible indication anyone was responding to the challenge. That is where my trusting that I was obedient came into play. I never like seeing no response, but I was led to present the challenge and I did. Now I keep praying that the Holy Spirit will keep speaking throughout the week.
-Our temperature was unseasonably cool for the last Sunday of May. I loved it, but I appeared to be in the minority opinion.
-Our attendance was outstanding. In fact the whole month of May was very good. It is great to see our people inviting and witnessing throughout the week and to see them excited with the growth of the church.
-My prayer list keeps growing and has often seemed overwhelming to me, but God is working and I sense that there is a growing group of people who are joining me in extra times of prayer.
-With the momentum we have experienced this spring I am excited, and curious, to see what takes place this summer.
-The past couple of Sundays we have had some people visit from out of town who used to attend here and it has been fun to see their excitement in the growth and changes in our church.
Here’s hoping you have a week filled with God moments where you realized He is with you and guiding you. Make sure you are looking for them and share them with someone who needs to be encouraged.