>Launch Day

Posted: January 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

>We had our first public worship service yesterday, January 17, 2010 at 10.30am in the Mall of the Bluffs. Many people commented that it was a good worship time. We met some new people and were excited that some of the people we met in the mall were there. 57 people were there inside the room with anotherer four outside the door, in the hall looking in. We were really excited that George and Mildred drove all the way up from Arkansas to be with us on launch day.
The band opened us with “Because of your Love.” At the end of the song we said hi and noted that this was the first public service, then we had the entire group get in clumps and say hi and state how much ice cream they ate prior to today. We then sang “Your Grace is Enough” and “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.” we broke up in groups again and shared prayer concerns and prayed for one another. Then we sang “Our Great Savior.” I told the story of the woman caught in adultery from three viewpoints; that of the woman, of the religious leader, and of Jesus. We gave everyone a rock and we used it as an illustration throughout the message. The main point was that Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. We finished the message with a few worship stations to help seal the points. Then we all sang “From the Inside Out” and prayed together to close the worship gathering.
Everything worked well. Linda and Jacquie set up a great snack table, all the core group was very friendly; saying hi and shaking hands with everyone. The band had a technical glitch before the worship gathering but were able to get it fixed in time. The room looked and smelled great and everyone was in a great mood.
Overall, I was nervous about everything so even though I really enjoyed the worship time, I was too stressed to be totally engaged throughout. Everyone said I preached well.
I at lunch then hung out at Ice Cream and Answers the rest of the day.

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