The following section was from 2014 (a Face Book status). Still timely for me. Churches are still into Live Big, Love Long, You’re Blessed, Friendship Avenue, Unity Forever, We’re the Loudest. And especially “You gotta love yourself first!”
Oh, dear, tomorrow is the second Sunday of January and nobody has asked my advice for a 2014 theme for their church. I so much wanted to be consulted! I was all ready to say – let’s blaze new trails and go to something like “repent and be baptized” or “trust and obey” or “stand up and walk straight” or “confess your sins and make restoration.”
Well, there’s always next year. But if any of you know a church that has leanin’s toward the above suggestions, please let me know. There are probably lots of sinners who would love a place like that. Brings me to another suggestion, “come in and be made clean.” (Maybe I should hold this until after my birthday – they say eighty year olds can get by with anything!) Happy 2014 to all!
Now it’s 2020 and I’m 12 days from eighty-six. I still have longings – longings to know a church where one can go and not have to compete with the clock. One where there is singing, praying, testimonies, specials songs, preaching, altar calls, sitting in the presence of Jesus with his power washing over your soul. The tears begin and someone might even jump with an enthusiastic shout of joy. Or someone begins a song: Sweep over my soul, sweep over my soul, Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul. My joy is complete, while I sit at your feet, Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul.
Yesterday right here in this chair where I’m sitting now, That Holy Spirit fell upon me. The peace and joy were overwhelming. It was so wonderful. But I so wanted to share that moment with someone else.
This morning I read several scriptures in the Psalms (somewhere about chapters 25-30) where David talks about praising God in the tabernacle. I have such a longing to praise Him with others who are willing to sit in silence past 12:00 Sunday morning. Or even on Sunday nights, even past eight o’clock….
Not many remember what worship was Pre-TV – Pre-Sunday Night Football – Pre-Sunday Night Movie – back when churches had Sunday Night Church.