This past Sunday, we had our Second Annual “Labor for the Son” Day. The idea behind this day is to truly “be” the church. The word “church” never really meant a place to go until the German word “kirche” was used to define the church. All of a sudden, the mindset changed from “being the church” to “going to church.” We may go to church once or twice (or more) times per week, but we should “be” the church everyday. This past Sunday was (and is) a reminder to us of that fact and an opportunity for us to let our light shine before men.
Rick Sons led us in a devotional and a time of prayer before we were mobilized to go out into our community. He challenged us to drive around and see what the needs of our town are. He also challenged each of one of us to walk around each of our own streets and pray intentionally for our neighbors.
There were projects accomplished and prayer walks accomplished. Only God and those who were served know who specifically was a light in their world that day. Let us pray that we will remember to “be” the church everyday and to do so with a humble, servant heart.
A couple of weeks ago I had an idea that we (the church) practiced yesterday. Because of the weather, 2019 has made for a rough start regarding the ability for many (most) to be a part of Sunday School and/or worship. So, rather than have our normal time of worship, I called an audible and we had a time of singing (with requests), a devotion about the Body of Christ (Rom 12 and Eph 4) and a couple of opportunities for individual and corporate prayer.
A part of the time of prayer was related to specific request mentioned (as we usually do), but a second time of prayer followed to pray for those who were not present for whatever reason – whether they have been most weeks or whether the weather or some other issue has prevented them from coming so far in 2019. We mentioned each name/family and asked that a call be made to say we have not forgotten about them because, after all, they are a part of this local body of Christ known as Fairfax Baptist Church. Those who offered to call certain individuals then prayed for that person and we concluded that time with a corporate prayer and finally a couple of songs relating God’s authority and majesty.
It was a different day, but a very good day.
So, the normal post will return next week. In the meantime, if you have been able to be in consistent fellowship with your local church (whatever/wherever that church may be), thank God for that opportunity. If you haven’t, please know that someone in your church is missing you even if you think otherwise. And, whatever the weather situation where you live, or whatever other challenges you may be facing in life, remember, our joy comes from knowing Jesus has already done and our hope is firm because of God’s promises. So, remain steadfast because God is (still) in control.