We have finished going through Philipians and we are going through some parables. MJ is wanting to practice narrative style preaching, something he feels he needs to grow in, and though he wants to do Romans, God said parables!! And that makes a lot of sense for that style of teaching…
Last week we did the story from Luke 16: 1-13… with two main points… being wise with our resources for the future, and integrity. It was a good time of worship. We did a rather corny thing at the end, that made a point, silly as it was. At the beginning we gave out little cups with 10 skittles each in them. The instructions were to keep most of them but it would be ok to eat a few, because MJ wanted them back at the end. And if you had 8 left at the end of the service, he gave you a whole bag… delayed gratification! 🙂 Its fun to experiment… in this case, it was good to have a little sugar, but other than that, it probably didn't REALLY have some lasting impact!
Following is our order of service
Church Prayer /
- Holy (Jason Morant – new to us – AWESOME song of heaven!!)
9:22 – 26
Reading: Have Mercy on Us.
- I Surrender All (yes, the hymn – we do those too! )
- Take My Life (the not hymn one)
- We Will Dance another awesome FAVORITE song of heaven… us the bride, meeting the Groom!!! We will dance on the streets that are golden, the glorious bride and the great Son of Man!!
Two weeks ago was the parable where the widow kept bugging the judge over and over and over, and didn't leave him alone, and he finally gave her what she wanted… For our experiential time we got the kids to ask all the prep team, and worship team and anyone else who was there for the worship gathering forthem to read a book, or play a game or whatever… to keep asking every few minutes until they got what they were asking for… It was kind of fun to look back at the reactions at the other end of the service!! Please note, we are all like family… they weren't asking visitors or anything like that!!
One of the neat things about that week, was that it followed our prayer on the mountain, and we had another time of intense prayer for our city, and for our church, and for His Kingdom… good stuff!!
I am excited about next week… we have a neat “flow” to the service, and I think it will be very… good… God is good, right? so good isn't a mild word!!