Some highlights from a very solemn, wonderful service at LifePointe.
I’m more impressed with our worship and worship team as every new service happens. Good stuff.
My message was centered around communion, coming out of 1 Corinthians 11. I had planned on it being a short message so that there would be more time at the end for communion. Shortening messages is not my strong suit and I’m never happy when I’m done. I think the message got across but I just wasn’t happy with it. It just didn’t turn out the way I wanted. But God was glorified and Jesus was lifted up. That’s an end result I’m always shooting for.
For the first time, LifePointe observed the Lord’s Supper. The observation was very different from anything I’ve ever done but I feel it was much more meaningful. Everyone who participated came forward, broke off a piece from a round loaf of bread, dipped it in a huge chalice, and ate. Very moving.
At the end of the service, I was surprised by the church with a very generous gift for Pastor Appreciation Day. They didn’t see it but I cried afterward. Just thinking about where we were a year ago and where God has brought us now, it’s just overwhelming. A year ago we had maybe 15-20 show up on Wednesday nights. Now we’re searching for empty chairs to put people. Of course, I didn’t do it alone. There’s such a fine group of people who ARE LifePointe, who heard God’s call to get in with this crazy, unorganized, big dreaming, fast talking guy on a brand spanking new church. And to believe they followed through. Wow, guys, look around. God’s just getting started with you.
Sunday night we held our monthly KidzClubb and this one was a good one. We’ve got some VERY talented people in our church and they really shine in KidzClubb. If you missed it, shame on you! This ministry to a very important segment of our church, our children, is so good. Look for the next one in December and make plans to be there. You will have fun and you might even show emotions of joy and elation. Yeah, I know, but you might.
Now, this week will be terribly busy. I’ve got to get all the loose ends tied up early because I’m out of here Thursday. Still got a shot to get. And I haven’t even started thinking about the supplies I’ll need to take with me. I’ll be on African soil, barring any problems, next Friday night. Our itinerary shows 50 minutes between flights in Amsterdam and I don’t know if that’s realistic. We’ll see. Nevertheless, please pray for our African team. We really want to see God do crazy, tremendous things while we’re there.
As I’ve written earlier, I’ll try to keep the blog updated while in Africa. The internet was spotty over there my last trip in 2005. It may be better now, we’ll see. I’m hoping my Blackberry has an African setting somewhere.