DAY 01: RECAP
As we awoke yesterday to the cool Erie air, we had an eager anticipation for the day ahead. Around 8:30 members of the church here began arriving making preparations for the morning service. Coffee pots began percolating, the worship team began practicing, our “worship dancers” reviewed their performance. As more individuals began arriving old friends met again renewing the fellowship that can only be enjoyed by those who know Christ as Lord.
On the side wall of the worship center a wall of water bottles rose from floor towards the ceiling and more bottles came in with the members of the church. These water bottles will be a part of the largest outreach event of Lake Pointe’s year. The Cherry Festival which begins this week, culminating in a parade on Saturday at which LPCC Outreach team members will hand out over 10,000 bottles of water. A part of our mission team’s work involves labeling these bottles.
As the morning pressed onward the worship center filled and worship music filled the space. We joined the singing and praising of our great God, the girls from our Creative Crusaders praised God with their talents, and I delivered a message from Colossians 4:2-6. After the service we renewed our fellowship with our Lake Pointe friends during a potluck meal.
Unfortunately, the spirit of joy and optimism was interrupted as Roslyn fell cutting a gash above her eyebrow. From this point the weariness from a day of travel and an early morning frayed nerves reminding us that even on mission we need to depend upon the Spirit of God to keep our attitudes and actions centered on glorifying Jesus Christ.
On the whole yesterday opened our eyes again to the joy of being on mission. Flexibility, dependence on the Spirit’s power, and devotion to the Lord Jesus should mark all that we say and do. These lessons never tire, needing to be shared and applied as often as possible.