Almost 300 of us gathered yesterday.
A day of heading towards the conclusion of our time of transition here and the coming of a new pastor to Canyon Road.
Lots of busyness in the air.
As we worshipped we began to encounter The Presence of God.
A genuineness came upon us...and began to be energized.
We were beginning to worship from deep within.....and then a word came, spoken clearly into a microphone: God is marked with this description "steadfast love" over and over in scripture. He has that love for you...no matter your ups and downs...He remains steadfast in His love for you.
And we worshipped.
As we did, someone came forward to the pastors, with a bible open to Isaiah 43 - and a passage about God bringing children back that have strayed from Him. And someone confirmed that as a word they too had....and shared it with the church.
I then clarified what I sensed was happening and invited people to stand if this word was speaking strongly to them.
Many did.....and we prayed. We had suddenly become "a house of prayer."
With enlivened faith and expectant hearts we prayed.
And we worshipped further.
Afterwards, to make sure that everyone could track with us clearly, I asked people to indicate if they felt they had especially been touched by God in what had happened. I urged them not to respond unless it was truly something special.
Around 20% of those present raised their hands to indicate that it had been indeed very special for them.
The offering was still received. The word was taught....and we filled the corridors and auditorium with fellowship....at the usual time of departure.
The Presence....not confusing, not sensational, not manipulated, not disruptive.
The Presence...life-giving, faith-stirring, ministry-releasing, love-enhancing.
Oh, and "in Your presence, there is fulness of joy."
Happy today too.