This was a very good Sunday once again. There are so many positive things happening and I am praying that this momentum will carry us right through any attempts to slow things down that often come from those who feel their church is changing too quickly. As for yesterday’s musings …
-As soon as the worship service finished a lady walked up to me and said, “I am ready to be saved.” That is the start of a great conversation. In a little while she prayed to receive Christ as her personal savior! Moments like those never get old.
-We had a couple from our church celebrate 50 years of marriage yesterday afternoon. I love those kind of celebrations and the example of commitment and love that it is to our community.
-We had some sound issues again. I am praying that we can get our sound system overhauled before the end of this year.
-We had a tremendous time of prayer around the altar in the middle of our worship service. There seems to be more and more people who are really becoming praying people, instead of just people who sometimes pray. Only good things can result for this move in our congregation.
-There was a very good spirit throughout our time of worship. From the music, to the singing, in prayer, in the giving of tithes and offerings, in the message and the response time.
-Our attendance was down, but was still very good for the July 4th weekend and it was right at our average attendance for last year. Not bad for a holiday weekend.
-I am very excited that we had 37 people who committed to be a part of our discipleship ministry. Some are looking to be discipled and a large number also expressed interest in learning to disciple others. That is very encouraging.
-Yesterday I was reflecting on how good our church lawn and building looked. I am so grateful for the 3 men who care for the lawn, and we have a lot of lawn. They sacrifice a lot of time and they often use their own equipment. I am also thankful for the 20+ people who volunteer to clean our building. They range in age from 5 years old to 75 years old. They do a great job. Thanks to all of those who give in these areas of ministry. You usually toil out of people’s sight. I want you to know that I see you and am so thankful for all you do. Your service makes a big difference in the life our church.
-With each passing week my wife and I feel more and more at home in Canton.
-I am more convinced than ever that God has great plans for our church. I believed this when I arrived a year and a half ago, but I believe it even stronger today.
Here’s hoping you believe that God is up to good things where you are serving.