We have been privileged to be part of this inner city church for the past 7 1/2 years. It has a pretty deeply committed core and we have our ups and downs. But lately, we have been blown by a wind. I come home from church feeling as though I have been swung through the air in delight. I lay quietly this afternoon thinking about it and the only way I can describe it is like this. It is like singing with 10-12 other women in the Paramount Theater (Cedar Rapids) boiler room in 6 to 8 parts and feeling the sound bounce off the concrete and pipes and come swirling around our bodies. You can’t conjure this. It is not a spell but it is an intangible reality. We have hit a couple of really big bumps this past year and in the end, they have served to make our fellowship sweeter and friendships more endearing.
So here is what this morning looked like. I am confidant and hopeful you see familiar sights.
Then we went to church. We sang and then…
We sang a hymn of the parents’ request…
(might have to check FB for that one)
And then inducted new members
About this point , one of our visitors stood up and said how glad she was to have been with us today and she was sorry she missed the sermon. Our pastor graciously informed her that she had not missed the sermon and we all chimed, “We haven’t had it yet!”
Our dear friedn and co-pastor, Stan Morton (not pictured) preached and we ended sharing the Lord’s Supper and singing. We go down the center aisle to receive the bread and the wine and a 20 something friend asked if I would like to hold her hand as we went down. I did not hesitate. I felt like Mrs. Belz. 🙂
I wish I could add a video of the singing but I wasn’t in a position to get one. But we have found the missing piece to the puzzle that makes up a music team. We have had significant parts fall into place but the last one arrived about 6 weeks ago in the form of a college student and to see the congregational response has blown us away….with the wind!
Happy Resurrection Day!