So I didn't intend to type out the whole weekends worth of sermons (see last post), though I feel like I easily could. It will suffice to say we had a marvelously blessed time. Saturday morning we heard another pretty awesome sermon on John 6 and what it means in verse 53 to eat and drink of the flesh of Jesus. To try to be very short he explained that this doesn't refer to literally or to communion, but that we are like a baby in the mother's womb. That child is passive in that it can't care for itself, but that it draws nurishment from it's mother, it is eatting and drinking from it's mother. Likewise we are to be in Christ and he in us. He is the Bread of Life and for us to continue daily, and get our daily grace we need to make it. It was one good sermon.
Then all Saturday afternoon after lunch, me and Gary, Sara and Rachel, and Justin all hung out at Jim and Kelly's house. We sung songs, we talked and generally had a great time. Saturday night we ate at church again, then we had communion. It was very special. I got to wash Mom's feet for the first time (Gary's mother). Everyone was expressing the encouragement and help they get from one another. It was especially touching to watch Abby (who is seven) going around to wash everyone's feet she could. She asked her mother if it was ok to wash more than one person's feet because there were lots of people she wanted to serve, and Sis. Kerry told her that she didn't think that we ever got too clean to not need our feet washing so that would be ok. I counted five different people who's feet she went around washing.
Then Sunday morning Bro. J.C. stayed and preached another sermon about what it meant to become the Sons of God. Several years ago, Bro. Randy preached on that topic for two months straight. But as always, I heard somethings in a new way that make things even more clear to me.
Then after lunch on Sunday something very special happened. Alot of Sunday afternoons, some of us older kids (mostly the teenagers plus me and Gary) go back into the Church and sing songs, or work on hymns and stuff. Well, as I was carrying my lunch out to the car, what did I see but the little ones mimiacing us. There were seven of them in there together, taking turns leading. Katie Sue (4) started singing "All hail the power of Jesus name" where she didn't know the lyrics she sung la la la to the tune. Then Abbey picked out a song, and she and a couple of the older ones who can actually read, would sing the verses and they would all sing the chorus together. We were all shocked and kept watching them from the lobby, because we didn't want them to stop. We didn't realize that anyone had even noticed us let alone wanted to copy us. Before long, Katie Sue walked to the back, and opened the door, and said you can come in and listen. So we did. Then they took turns calling us up to the front to sing with them, then we all sung together a couple of songs. I wish I had gotten a picture, though Bro. Jim I believe got a few. Maybe Sis. Kelly will post some (hint, hint).
It was truely a blessed weekend.