Our church experimented with a new format for our Fall Revival this year, having it over a weekend. We were concerned about the possibility of rain on Saturday, but it didn't come, so it was a perfect weather day, and it was a great weekend. I've tried to get better at being brief in my blog, so I won't go into details here, but I will share a couple of favorite moments that I was not expecting.
One came on Friday night during our Concert of Prayer for revival. I had several "self-paced" interactive stations focusing on praise, confession, the Lord's Supper and intercession. It moved me to see a line to sign the Praise Book...hard to explain, but seeing people waiting to write simple declarations of their praise for God moved me.
A team of seven great college students from Charleston Southern University joined us Saturday to lead in worship and in ministering to our children. They were talented, flexible, enthusiastic, and they loved the Lord. The same was true of the Free Gift Baptist Church Choir who were joined by their pastor, Rev. Andrew Cooper, who brought the last message of the day.
The other unexpected gift was the sight of prayer groups Saturday afternoon made up of five or six people of different churches, different ages, etc...praying for revival. Have our prayers been answered? Time will tell. All I can say is that God provided several unexpected moments over the past week and weekend that gave me opportunities to rejoice in, confess in, and to grow in. Some felt great, some didn't...but I am thankful that I don't have to figure it all out today (maybe never on this planet). God isn't through me, and I can always experience more of Him and of the life Christ died to give me.
Our youth were in full force Saturday, and we were glad they were!