What a difference a week makes. The temperature was 20 degrees cooler yesterday than it was the Sunday before. The good news is that God is not limited by anything and He showed up again this weekend. As for my musings …
-I have to start by talking about the Saturday evening Community Concert of Prayer that we hosted. I am a part of a Pastor’s Prayer Network that meets to pray every other Thursday morning. There were 6 of us, representing 5 churches of different denominations, who have been praying for each other, our churches and revival in our city and county. We decided to have a focused period of prayer among our churches and inviting other churches to join culminating in a large prayer rally with an outside speaker. The first event was Saturday evening. The purpose of the night was to pray. Nothing more, nothing less. There were over 60 in attendance and there were 6 churches represented. The presence of the Lord was powerful. The sight of seeing people all over our sanctuary praying together was powerful. The sound of dozens of people crying out to God for revival was moving. (We have recently added 4 more pastors praying with us!)
-No wonder it was easy to preach yesterday after what took place Saturday evening.
-That being said, I blew it at the end of the sermon. I had a call to action concerning prayer, but I didn’t have people do anything with the call to action. It was just a challenge that I left hanging. Yesterday during lunch I told my wife that I blew it. She didn’t disagree. She thought the sermon was good and was clear, but she also thought I could have had a better conclusion.
-We had some minor technical issues, but that has become the norm. My fear is that it has become so normal that we are losing steam on fixing the problems. I am going to work on that this week.
-We did have a new couple in attendance yesterday. What we didn’t do was get any information from them. I hate when that happens.
-Our greeter issues from the week before were much better yesterday. I love the willing spirit that permeates my congregation.
-Our time of singing was very powerful and moving. I love hearing, and participating with people when they are really worshiping as they sing.
-I was encouraged as I heard some of the people who attended the Community Concert of Prayer telling others what they missed and urging them to participate in the next event.
-Our attendance was actually less than last Sunday which was a holiday weekend. The good news is that we had very good attendance last Sunday.
-We had a good number of children present. It is very encouraging to see the number of children increasing. That will translate into teens very soon.
-I am noticing that as I focus on praying more, and praying more purposely, that I am getting a lot more requests to pray about some really big stuff. The good news is that God is greater than whatever we are facing.
Here’s hoping you have a week of seeing God move in your life and the life of your church.
P.S. – My fantasy football team won. I knew you would be happy for me.