(Sunday Scrapbook is your chance to sound off about your worship experience this week at church. True theology is always concerned with the worship of the church, so we want to hear how you were impacted by the word, the music, the sacraments or the fellowship at your church this week. For this weekly post, we ask that you keep all your comments constructive and positive.)
My experience this week:
Our pastor gave a message titled "The Joy of Easter." It was centered around the two disciples who encountered the igcognito Christ on the road to Emmaus after the resurrection, the resurrection they didn't yet know about. The message was tailored to those who haven't been in church lately and it bid them to be experience the joy that the risen Christ offers us. I hope and pray that some of those in church this week (we, like many churches I'm sure, had a huge turnout) will experience the wooing of God's Spirit and will become followers of Jesus.
I loved the warmth and love that was expressed today; three families from the church, knowing that I'm all alone this weekend, invited me over for Easter supper. I took up one family on the offer and enjoyed a slab of HoneyBaked Ham and the best homemade creamed corn I've ever had. I'm so thankful for the deepening relationships that the Lord has given me at our church.
I'm also so thankful for the students that the Lord has let me be "youth pastor" to; I am wholly unworthy. My prayer for them this Easter: that we would not simply think of Jesus as a great example, a great idea, or a distant God, but that we would experience the presence of the risen Christ on a daily basis....I missed my students this week and can't wait to see them this Tuesday.
All in all, I had a great day at church. I was reminded of the joy that Easter should bring, and conversely reminded at how swept away I become with earthly pursuits and worldly perspectives when Christ offers us so much more: peace with God.
So, how was your Sunday?