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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Sunday Mornings

Someday I'd love to put into writing all of the strange and fascinating experiences, worries and anxieties - and also the tremendous blessing that Sunday mornings are to this preacher. For now, I'll just share a glimpse into my heart this morning.

Studies have shown that real values change rarely if ever comes as a result of our hearing a message. On the surface, that's pretty discouraging news to folks who do what I do for a living. But the rest of the studies say that values change happens in inter-personal relationship. What this tells me is that Sunday morning is not about my words, my message or my illustrations. It is about the presence of God in our midst, His words, His message and His illuminations. So this morning I pray, as I do each week, for His presence to be unavoidable in this place, that people would enjoy a meaningful time of connection with Him - and that the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts will be pleasing to Him.

As I type this Jesse and the worship band are preparing. I can hear the music throughout the building. What a blessing it is to have these talented folks usher us into the Lord's presence each week at Christ's Church.

Confessions of a preacher... I am nervous. But, He's good. See you in an hour.

7 Comments:

  • God's Majesty

    I logged in tonight to relay what the message and what the truth poured out this morning did in my heart... Diann, you hit the nail on the head in yesterday's post.

    A pastor friend once shared an amazing truth with me. He knew what his theme was when he stepped into the pulpit. At the door on the way out the people shared with him a bundle of DIFFERENT messages they had received.

    Each one would doubtless have been convinced that the message they heard was what that pastor INTENDED. But it wasn't. It was what GOD intended.

    God did that to me today. I WILL remember that God is eternal, relational and loving.

    But most of all, I will remember the majesty and the might of God.

    As each hymn unwound, as each song unfolded I couldn't help it, I began to cry... No, what I did was weep (I'm still a little uneasy relaying that so openly).

    I don't like to break down quite so candidly... But God's might just layed over me like a heavy fabric of glory.

    I've never been in a tougher, more important, more torturous time in my life than right now... and I've had more than a few tough times. I've been nearly doubled over with the physical effect of the stress. I don't want to sound over-dramatic, but I want to make it clear what God did.

    The might and power of our awesome God poured out over me in grace today. In that strange ministry of corporate worship, the might of His presence opened in my heart like a bright heat and light. The despair was driven out. The cold fear was blased into solid pillars of faith, hope and trust.

    God WILL prevail! His love IS everlasting. His mercy DOES endure forever.

    Surely He is doing a good work. Surely His plans are for good and not for evil.

    SURELY HE IS A GOOD AND GREAT AND WONDROUS GOD.

    Our God IS an awesome God...

    By Higher Up, Further In, at 9/05/2005 1:26 AM  

  • daven, thank you so much for sharing your heart on how God is working in your life. I love how He reaches us when we least expect it...

    May He continue to fill you with His wisdom, power and love...

    By germaine, at 9/05/2005 10:46 AM  

  • Daven,
    amazing what can happen on a sunday morning in church when you least expect it, Today is Monday and I keep thinking about the service yesterday morning.

    How awesome was it that Vicki Kardos offered to take our daughter Taylor into the day care so jessica and I could sit in peace and listen to the great words that came from Darin. Darin, what an awesome description of your Dad and how you resemble his heart and strong Character. Darin the strenth you have not only to share the words and works of Jesus, but to speak of your father without breaking down is powerful. Even if you did break down and I know you have in the past, that is just as awesome.

    I have to tell you I did not want the music to end as the service wrapped up. Sometimes after hearing a powerful service and the message Richard shared, well quite frankly one song to close is not enough. I was so moved by the music that I went and grabbed Taylor from the Hall and brought her back in. Very cool to watch an 18mnth old clap and worship as she did.

    Great message, Great music, Great fellowship, ....Thanks Vicki, We appreciate it......

    By Brian Smith, at 9/05/2005 8:31 PM  

  • I was also drawn to just sit and listen to the closing song! I really enjoy those extra few minutes.

    Darin....the "Passions" CD is great! Steph copied one for me already. It's been played many times in the last couple of days. Track 4 takes me back to how powerful that song was sung at the service last week! Thank You!

    By Jackie, at 9/06/2005 12:14 AM  

  • Thank you all for your comments on the service Sunday. I'll be sure that Richard and Jesse hear of these postings to they too can be encouraged.

    Do you know what I think of when I read of your experiences during the worship service? God has once again (as He so marvelously and mysteriously does each Sunday morning) answered prayers - that His presence would be unavoidable as we gather to worship. Thank you Lord!

    By Darin, at 9/06/2005 8:56 AM  

  • The "unavoidable presence of God"...

    WOW! I love that. I'm stealing it :). Just wanted you to know!

    D

    By Higher Up, Further In, at 9/06/2005 9:03 AM  

  • Brian, thanks for your encouraging words.

    FWIW, I think part of the foolishness of preaching is the low chance of values/behavior change. I suspect that's one reason God chose told us to preach - so that if anyone does change, we'll know it's entirely due to His working...

    By RichardG, at 9/06/2005 9:34 AM  

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