So, today is Mother’s Day and Pentecost Day. We started the day by celebrating my wife – actually, we started celebrating yesterday, but Jeremy and Miranda gave her some gifts and cards this morning.
Then, we met with the church. Today, we were not able to meet in our normal location. We usually meet together in a rented reception room, but there was another event scheduled there today. So, a family offered to let us meet in their home. Actually, the plan was to meet in their backyard under the huge trees there. But, God had other plans – it rained.
So, we went to their house around 9:30 this morning and helped them set up chairs around their house – mainly in the living room and kitchen which are open to each other. We also through some pillows on the floor for the children to use.
Once everything was set up, and while we were waiting for other to arrive, we sang songs that the children chose. As others arrived, they suggested other songs, and we had a great group sing for several minutes.
When most people had arrived, I read Psalm 16 (we’re reading through Book 1 of the Psalms to start our Sunday morning meetings). One of our brothers led us in singing several songs – even one that he wrote. We also read Acts 1:1-11 and all of Acts 2 to remind us of the Day of Pentecost. I taught from Matthew 6:19-24, focusing on three questions: 1) What do you treasure? 2) What controls your perception of the things around you? 3) What is your master?
When I finished teaching, several brothers and sisters shared what God has been doing in their lives lately. It was encouraging to hear how God was teaching people to trust him in truth, not just in theory. I ended our teaching time by reading from 1 Corinthians 10:14-33. This passage was a great way to prepare for the Lord’s Supper, reminding us that we were planning to eat from the Lord’s Table, not from our table or the hosts’ table.
Next, we planned to baptize four people outside. But, since there was a chance of thunderstorms, we decided to baptize in our hosts’ garden tube. The families and a few others would join those being baptized in the bathroom, since everyone wouldn’t fit.
We ended our meeting with the Lord’s Supper. But, don’t think of this as a short ending. We broke a loaf of bread and shared it between us as we remembered the broken body of our Lord. Next, we poured from a common cup and remembered the blood of our Lord which brought us into the New Covenant. Finally, we shared a meal together, sharing the fellowship that we have through the Spirit.
After eating, we talked for a while. One couple asked us to pray for the wife and their newborn son, because they had both been sick. I talked to a few people about what God has been doing in their lives. A couple of people asked if they could talk to me further in the next few weeks. After talking and helping our hosts clean up, we left around 3:30. So, if someone were to ask me, “How long does your ‘church service’ last?” I would have to answer, “Somewhere between 2 and 6 hours…”
What a blast we had “coming together” with the church today!