What wonderful services we had yesterday! I hope you all feel as I do that we *must* make sure we are not playing church, but that we *are* the church, ie going out and being Christ to someone. So many need Him.
I was moved by Jo Ann's offertory! Wow, that was like storming Heaven with praise! I think that when you really know what God has done for you, and what a sacrifice Christ is for us, that you cannot keep quiet, or still, or soft. I think that if the rocks have to cry out, because we don't praise Him, it will not be softly.
I was touched by the testimonies of all the children from Broyhill. It's amazing what God can do when His people answer His call. I'm so thankful for Jenny and Rick and all the lives they are changing through Christ. Continue to pray for them and the children...
We had a great rehearsal with praise band! What a group of young people all with gifts they want to bring as an offering. We were amazed! We have three music majors right here in our church offering up their talents, combined with our guitarists and vocalists, who are ready to serve and lead worship. God has given us the resource, now we have to nurture and develop it for His glory.
I have been thinking about the beautiful cathedrals of Europe where the masters of classical music wrote and offered their works to God. So many of them are now only tourist attractions and virtually empty. I wonder why? Is it because they are linked only with a culture that died out? While the music has lasted, as great music does, the worship in that particular style seems to have faded. Maybe it's because culture changes. And with that, worship styles change. Not because God changes, because we all know He does not, but because people change. Their situations change. Their challenges change. Their lifestyles change. Culture around them changes. But their need for God does not change. His ability to meet them does not change. We have to be very careful not to worship culture and tradition, but to worship God and let Him lead us as we try to bring the saving grace of His son to a world which needs Him badly. I think that's what it means to worship Him in truth--not what we want, but what He wants.
Let's challenge ourselves and pray about new ways to not only reach out, but reach in so we can nurture and grow a new generation of people with hearts and PASSION for Christ:-)
Matthew 9: 9-13
9. As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. 11. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" 12. On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Let's go find the sick...