Today was a good day, all the way around.
Attendance was 505 (I think).
The music was electric. I’m especially enjoying the two new numbers we are doing. The singers and musicians nailed it.
The worship was intensely ‘God focused.’
I enjoyed the kids (from Vacation Bible School) coming into the adult service and performing. They were exceptional.
There was so much energy in the house today. It was insane.
Gene T. did a good job preaching today. A good message, good content, well delivered, and solid. “Overhauling Your Priorities” from the book of Haggai. It was good for our church family to hear from someone else.
Aside from doing a good job, it gave me a much needed break. Having just completed a fourteen-week message series, I am depleted. Not everyone understands this, but preaching week after week (especially to the same people) is very taxing. It doesn’t take long to come to the end of my resources – both creatively and physically. So I need time off to recover my physical strength and to catch up on reading. In fact, I am ready for an extended vacation….
After the second service today we had a special prayer service for the sick. It started in response to Jeff F. “calling the elders of the church” to pray for him. As word got out it began to blossom as others wanted to be involved. After we dismissed the second service there were about 100 people who stayed. We called everyone to the front. Then we prayed for Jeff F., Sandy H., and Michele H. A great many people asked for anointing oil so they could touch the sick and pray for them. There was ‘laying on of hands.’ I felt faith in the room. I witnessed it among God’s people. I also witnessed true love being shown and expressed to one another. There was genuine compassion. I was deeply moved. Pace Community Church is really an amazing church…. because it is made up of some of the most compassionate people I have ever seen in my life.
Several people, with tears in their eyes, got me off to the side and told me how much their church family means to them.
There’s nothing predictable about PCC. You never know what God is going to do next.
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