Sunday, April 5, 2009
Prepare The Way
Today was casual day at church. We advertised for everyone to come casual since our service would end in a construction site. Jonah told me more that once that he wasn't supposed to wear blue jeans to church. I have never told him that but I guess he just picked up on the fact that he has never worn them on Sunday morning.
We were ready for church much earlier than normal so we went outside to take some pictures. Jonah obliged me and even smiled for a few. Then, we loaded up and went to the church. Jonah was met at the car by Roy and Art. He noticed quickly they were wearing jeans too.
At a point in the service, Dan explained that we were about to go to the Sanctuary that is still under construction to write scripture and names of lost people on the floors before the carpet/tile/hardwoods are laid. They gave blue sheets with scripture suggestions but also told people to write whatever scripture had special meaning to them. Jonah sat with me as I wrote John 14:1-6.
After Katie wrote her scripture, she wrote the names of her children. It was so special to see parents and grandparents write the names of children they love. In writing those names, we all proclaimed that we want God to do a work in the lives of our children and to draw them to a saving knowledge of Him. There was even a couple who are newly married with no children write "OUR CHILDREN" in hopes of the kids God will bless them with one day. Very powerful.
We wrote Jonah's name once but then as I walked around to take pictures, I discovered several other people had written his name also.
We paused long enough to take a picture with Jonah next to His name. I'm going to print this picture and keep it with my Bible and prayer journal so that I remember how special this day was. Then, on the day that Jonah accepts Christ as His savior, I'll be able to show this picture to him and explain the significance of this day.
I watched Greg as he wrote Baylee's name on the concrete. Baylee is his granddaughter that lives 8 hours away but she is never far from his mind.
Dan wrote scripture in several places but he spent the most time in the area around the pulpit. He wrote three different verses of scripture there regarding what he is called to do. It is so neat to think that when he stands and preaches the word of God that he will be standing on the Word of God.
We even had a marriage proposal in the midst of this special time. She was totally surprised but said yes. It was pretty sweet!!
This was such a special, special day in the life of our church and our family. AND, in other exciting news, Dan announced that we have a Worship Pastor coming in view of a call in two weeks. Steven and Megan Powell are from Florida and we are so excited about what God has in store.