Sabbatical 2017

Sabbatical 2017
Mill stream in Quimperle, France

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Blessings!

The services over the last two weeks have just bowled me over! The worship, prayer and all the elements that make up our Sunday service have been a great blessing. Please! I'm not trying to brag on myself here. But I do want to take a few moments to recognize everyone who contributes to our services on Sunday morning. In particular, I would like to mention the Worship/Sound/AV team. All these folks work hard and it shows up in the way we come together for each service. It seems to me that the Holy Spirit is truly knitting us together ...."...until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ." Eph 4:13. I think this sense of unity shows up in our corporate worship. It has been sweet and intimate and everything, I think, God intends it to be. I'm sure it is not yet perfected among us but I am also sure that the Spirit is moving.
One of the evidences of His presence is the rising up of the individual giftings He has blessed folks with. We're seeing more and more people step forward and offer their contribution to the body of Christ. It's encouraging to watch people, like Matt Reavis and Drew Hoke, rise up and provide whatever their talent or gifting is to serve in His name. There are a lot more. Have you noticed our young folks learning the AV system th last few weeks? And the number of folks who stepped forward to work the sound system?

Another of these blessings comes from none other than our Worship Director, Ron Scruggs. He would never tell you himself but he has written some of the songs we have been singing. When we sang "I Want to Walk In Your Will" this morning, that was one of the songs Ron penned. God is growing Ron right before our eyes! And it's not only Ron who is being touched. The entire worship team has ministered mightily! Even more so than what we have come to expect as the usual. Their singing and playing has led us into a deeper and sweeter time of worship together. I know the hearts of these folks (one of them, quite well) and I am sure that God is blessing their efforts because they each have a burning desire to see God honored and His people lifted up in Spirit-filled, Christ-centered worship.


I believe this is affirmation, from God, that we are doing what we have been called to do. I don't see this as an endorsement that we are right and everyone else is wrong; that would be foolish and naive of us to believe. I think that all of the God-fearing churches in the area have a part to play in God's plan for Warrenton and when they are working in unity, we're going to see some great stuff! WBF has a part to play as well. It's just like the image of the body of Christ, when all the parts are functioning as they should and working together, then the body is healthy and can grow properly. No single part is more or less important than the other. The body cannot function properly if any of the parts aren't functioning properly. This applies to the body within WBF and to the entire church community in our area.
So, I believe God is blessing us as an encouragement to stay the course. To keep our focus. To fit into His grand scheme of things right where He wants us. Our new motto is "A Place to Connect, A Place to Grow" and our plans for the fall will offer both opportunities. We'll have the details soon.

One thing we can tell you right now is that we will have a special guest on Oct 7. We will be working with Community Christian Fellowship (Dick Wright's church), and possibly others to bring Al Menconi to town. He has a fascinating ministry that reaches out to parents and their kids in an exciting way to educate and inform all of them as to the pitfalls and dangers of all the technology we are surrounded with. If you have the time, click on the link for Al and take a look at what he does.

There's a lot more coming our way. God is moving! To Him be all the honor and power and glory!

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