Yesterday was an outstanding day on many levels. It was exciting to see joy on many faces and to see some movement toward real revival. That is what I call an outstanding day. As for my musings …
-Kids singing enthusiastically always make for an uplifting time of worship. Yesterday my 9:00 church had most of the children from our just concluded Vacation Bible School share memory verses and sing in the worship service. The joy on the faces of most of the kids was so encouraging and the smiles on the faces of parents and grandparents was priceless.
-The best part of the morning at my 9:00 church was having a family that lives by the church building in attendance for the very first time. Their child attended each day of VBS and loved every moment of it. We are making progress in connecting to our neighborhood.
-The spirit in my 10:30 church was once again outstanding. God is really speaking and I firmly believe we are seeing the early move of a revival. Oh how I am praying and pleading for revival.
-Attendance was outstanding in my 9:00 church and it was good in my 10:30 church.
-Yesterday was also our city’s annual Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway. Several churches in town purchase backpacks and fill them with school supplies for students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. My two churches participated and filled 40 backpacks. The city pool is rented out and kids and their parents can swim for 2 hours for free. They also receive a hot dog, chips and drink all for free as well. This year each church provided gift cards or gift baskets for teachers. Names of teachers were drawn and they could choose which item they wanted. Several hundred kids are helped through this event. It is done with our local police department who organizes it and takes care of all the registrations and some other giveaways while mixing with the kids and families.
-Our 10:30 church recognized my wife and I’s 41st wedding anniversary. They gave us a card, a gift card and some cash. I am so humbled by their loving and giving spirit and their care for us.
-Many people also responded to a need for a family we have been in contact with outside of our church who needed some significant help with school supplies and clothes for a high school student. I love their generous spirit.
-There were new people in both churches yesterday.
-On Saturday our District of Churches had a TEAM Day. It is a time of training for everyone. The main speaker was outstanding. He shared with great power and practicality about discipleship and the power of prayer. There were workshops for other areas of ministry as well. It was an outstanding day and we had 8 laypeople in attendance.
Here’s hoping that you find time to encourage someone today.