Sunday, May 10, 2009

A great day!

Today was a great day. We had our first combined service with our "old" congregation from Portland that we have been pastoring since 1997, and our "new" congregation from Vancouver/Camas. Since the beginning of the whole "one church/two locations" idea was brought to us I have had an overwhelming peace that this was from God. Then yesterday, I was hit with panic...a "what in the world do we think we are doing?" feeling, combined with a checklist in my head of everything that needed to happen to make today go smoothly. (My feeling was that of an expectant mom wondering if she was up to the task of being a the same time you know it's too late to back out now! And then there's the list of everything you need to get done before the baby comes...)All day long I prayed, talked and prayed with a couple friends and prayed some more with my husband before bed, (the expectant father in this analogy). This morning I woke up, and the peace was back...and the morning had the hand of God all over it. The service, (which is not my favorite thing to call our worship time together, but for lack of a better word, I'll call it that), went well and fairly smoothly...but that wasn't what made it great. God's Spirit was there, joy and expectancy were there, a sense of destiny and promise and purpose were there...and the wonderful family of God was there, both "old" and "new" to us. With God's grace and our cooperation with Him, great things are in store...I just know it!

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