There was something unquantifiable about meeting in the new place. I noticed it as I heard 100 plus voices around me singing and filling the air with praise. Our gathering felt somehow more intimate, and I joined the chorus with a sense of deep partnership with the people around me.
As I looked around the room, we were the perfect mix of the people of San Cristobal. We were mothers, fathers, children, neighbors, and friends. Differences in language, race, and culture disappeared as the worship of our Father united us as one.
Journey volunteers were in place, prepared, and in action. Pastor of Next Steps, Otto Lopez provided simultaneous translation from behind the scenes as ten new Spanish speaking families listened to the Journey Essentials: Invest & Invite, Get Connected, Feed Yourself, Give Generously, and Serve Big.
New t-shirts shouted our motto, "Live Big," because we are called to live expansive, abundant lives, in pursuit of God. First time guests were given one to take home and wear as they spread the news of Journey.
Intersections, our children's environment expanded into two groups, introducing "Kidmo," a learning experience for elementary aged children using music, videos, and an interactive curriculum.
The "littles" also learned with music and activities, while also giving mom and dad a break in the auditorium. Each week includes a lesson, and something small to take home so that the lesson will be remembered.
The staff of Catalyst Resources International teamed up with Journey to co-sponsor grilled cheeseburgers for everyone, complete with cold Coca-Cola!
At the end of the day, we feel exceedingly grateful. The day exceeded my every expectation: volunteers, first time guests, our core group showing up strong, powerful worship, and a feeling of togetherness that united us all beyond our differences... the Holy Spirit.
We gathered together, and true to His promises, He showed up Big. The generosity of God's people was on display from the school that has opened its doors to our unique congregation, to Journey peeps that offered to pay for additional fans to cool the hot summer air.
I give thanks to God for this sweet affirmation and reminder... that when we step out obediently in faith, He is waiting to meet us and to lead us beyond.
"Inspiring others to live big, connecting people to Christ and the Church."
Full video of today's gathering:
Series: If... Then
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