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Thank you, Marijo
This just in from Marijo. It so blessed my soul, I asked her permission to post this. She graciously said yes. Thank you, Marijo!
SENT TO ME, VIA E-MAIL, FROM MARIJO:
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9:24 PM
Guess what happened in church today? – many were late for worship again and Pastor Teri (Pastor Jim’s wife who leads worship) implored us to get there on time to honor God. She was sweet and encouraging but gave a correcting message – then Pastor Jim didn’t give the message he prepared but went on with what Pastor Teri began and it was so good – the Holy Spirit was leading – various others shared a scripture or testimony or word… It was some of the same things we all talked about on your blog this past week!!!!
Like the Holy spirit was using a pink highlighter and underscoring it all!
Love you Sister!
Wish you had been with us this morning!
Sunday, October 17, 2010 9:49 PM
It was one of those “Holy Spirit” things and so right on about honoring God, truly worshipping and watching God move in a mighty way (we had a powerful time of prayer and healing at the altar too and giving our issues (physical, relational, spiritual) to God for His answer/touch/intervention – And the Holy Spirit simply came and took over the service.
They also spoke about God wanting to do so much more and needing us there whole heartedly and not late or half way there but honoring what and who He is and making Him supreme in our lives and hearts and priorities.
Pastor Teri later told me that it grieves them (the worship team) to see people coming in late, reading their bulletins during worship, and missing out on the Lord’s fullest and best. One worship team gal said she “saw” a river flowing through the sanctuary and some of the congregation were in the river enjoying and worshipping the Lord and others were standing with a little toe in that river and some pulled back like they were afraid of God. She said soon was coming the time when an individual would either be in the river all the way or way outside that river of God’s presence.
We are talking about God, the Creator of the Universe, the master of our hearts – the challenge was to give Him our first and best….
Powerful stuff. No one felt like either pastor was on their case but gently implored and corrected.
(I am an early bird in my make up so am there ahead of time and worship or pray while the worship team is practicing and sit in front so I don’t even see who is late or missing – but you can tell from the parking lot on the way in what is happening.
Today I came in and got situated and had to go to the bathroom and actually got in the sanctuary about 5 after 10 (we are supposed to begin at 10) hardly anyone was there and ready to worship.
They invite people to come in at 8:30 to pray for the service (a few come in early and do that)
I am so spiritual that I come in early to do my weekly grocery shopping at Wal-Mart (oh, man) Maybe I should think about the prayer time first and get groceries AFTER service at Wal-Mart….
Anyhow, post away.
Photo compliments of Marijo
Thank you, Marijo