Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote about how it was SONday. Also, I wrote about how I love to worship Him, in song.
Being still able to drive, I decided to worship with a church group I know well. Not everyone there knows me well. Nor, do I know all of them. But, I know the church, well.
Years ago, there was a different pastor. At that time, he and some of the few (there weren't many) congregation members wanted some input. They wanted my opinion about what they should do.
Should they sell the current building and either move or rebuild, elsewhere? Or, should they stay and figure out how to increase attendance at this location with a parking area for about a handful of cars.
Parking was one problem. But, exposure was another.
After discussing all options, they decided it was financially best to remain at the current location.
However, there was some work to be done. And, they had me do it.
I approached the owner of three (3) of the four (4) properties that abutted their land.
The pastor at that time, already knew the owner of the fourth (4th) property. And, since that owner was willing to deal privately to sell the church group their property, there was no need for me to approach that person.
Meeting with church members who handled the finances, we worked together. Eventually, the church group became owner of all the properties they had decided to purchase.
For a while, the buildings remained and were rented out. Then, after their finances allowed, all buildings were torn down.
This gave a little bit more exposure to their church building, since the street that was made visible was a rather heavy traffic one-way street. Eventually, either the group will rebuild, making sure to create a parking lot large enough to satisfy a full sanctuary, or keep the current building in place and turn the now vacant land into a parking lot.
And, of course, this meant they could now have more visibility by erecting a sign on their land (with the City of Windsor's permission, of course), promoting a place of worship, to all who drive along that busy one-way street, if they desired.
Over the years, things changed. So, did the congregation somewhat. It seemed more people were worshipping today, even though it is summer and some people are away on vacation time.
Including their new pastor. I had hoped to renew acquaintance with him, and his wife. You see, a number of years ago he worshipped where I did; and we attended Bible study, together.
Now, after all this time, he finished Bible college and is the pastor. Congratulations!
When I worshipped there yesterday, some people remembered me. Some did not know who I am. This was okay with me. I joined them not for recognition, but to worship our Lord.
And, we did. We worshipped in spirit and in truth.
Both music and sermon were wonderful. I enjoyed my time there, honouring and giving glory to God.
One thing I appreciated, was that during their service, they asked if anyone had a prayer request.
After all others had spoken up, I asked for prayer. Not just for healing, but also that God would provide the surgeon I require, for the surgery I need.
The person in charge of prayer made sure to pray for and with me and the others, in addition to the other prayer requests.
How grateful I was that I had decided to worship, with this group of brothers and sisters in the Lord!
Of course, because the worship was wonderful. I was also thankful for the prayer that happened and the prayer that many said they would continue to do for me. But, grateful that I had not decided to just stay home, since I had been feeling rather tired.
While at home, thinking about not leaving my apartment, a Bible verse had come to mind. Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
I knew and was reminded that we must not forsake gathering with our brethren. With our brothers and sisters in the Lord. It's important to gather together in prayer and worship.
I was grateful the Holy Spirit had led me by using that verse, to encourage me to go worship. Even in my tired state.
Afterwards, several of us conversed for a while. And, I thanked everyone for prayer. I felt blessed!
Once again, I thank You, Lord.
Thank You, for allowing the Holy Spirit to place it on my heart that even though I was feeling worn out, I needed and desired to go worship You.
Thank You, for leading me to this place of worship. And, for renewing acquaintance with those who I had previously known.
Thank You, for lifting me up and encouraging me, even though the purpose of me worshipping there, was to lift you up, honour and glorify you, in prayer, spirit and truth.
All I can say is that I felt blessed! And, still do.
Until next time...
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