One of my favourite* verses that depicts Christianity so well is taken from John 1: 14:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (NLT)
The Word became flesh and blood,and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.(The Message)
(*I’m beginning to think I have a lot of favourite verses…)
But don’t you agree and like this John 1:14 message?
So this weekend felt like that.
Starting with Good Friday.
Over the last 96 hours, I have felt and sensed God “stepping down” into our world. Very cool! From church spiritual moments, to seeing Him in the ordinary.
Friday morning, we set up the church with about 9 creative and interactive prayer and worship stations.
The cross placed in the middle. After all, the cross, emptied.. is critical to our faith!
Speaking of. Do you live out a crucified faith or do you live out a resurrected faith?
I really just loved the creativity of that service. (I love working with creatives!) God is most certainly a creative God! He would reach to us in many creative ways! Amen!
Friday night we did a stayawake / sleepover with the young people of our church (No point in calling it sleepover, really… most of us stayed awake the whole night. although, I did fade for an hour or so.)
There was this moment after midnight, where the young people and I were sitting around the cross:
We just sat there in silence. There was something deeper happening in that moment.
And also, earlier in the evening, I challenged them to put their phones aside for an hour and 15 minutes. (For some that just big be a might challenge!)
At that point, by the cross, two hours later, no one had reached for where we had kept the phones. (A cool little victory to share. Detached for the win!)
Sleepy, but alive and well… headed out to my dad for the day.
On the train there, I noticed the smiles and colours of all the people. The sun was out in all it’s glory! And people were digging it! Sporting their brightest clothes, coolest shades, even people were speaking louder and looking up…
Then hanging out with my dad in the countryside, for a pub lunch. Sitting on a bench, soaking in the glorious sun. Then later, having a braai (barbecue) with him. Simple moments can carry such a weight of goodness.
Then comes Sunday! He is risen indeed!!
Absolutely loved how tangible joy was in our 10am service!
(I hoping that anyone with a pulse, felt it too!)
Joy, oh joy! Thank you Jesus for it!
I really do like the team, I work with. We have a lot of fun together. But also serious in seeing God do good things in the here and now in our community and church.
Followed by a Sunday roast lunch with the Brooks and Errington families. What a delight! Community rocks!
Sunday evening comes, still not done… with Easter. Baptism time! 10 people baptised!
(I am usually a joker, like to laugh and make things lighthearted). But I had the privilege of being in the pool with Peter as we baptised him.
There was such a holy weight to that moment. I had not words. I just stood there with him. Sensing and feeling it. God incarnate. God so present. The moment was holy.
Then throughout the baptism service. Hearing the testimonies, the desire for Jesus. Then hearing the scriptures and pictures shared with the baptism candidates… so moving. So inspiring!
And the coolest idea (don’t think I’ve seen that before.) is that there were envelopes for each person who got baptised. The rest of the church could write notes and put them inside for them.
Can just imagine the words of truth, knowledge and encouragement given. Wow!
As they said in Narnia, Aslan is on the move. Amen!
God is on the move.
“For in Him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17: 28