Incredible day of being the church. Loved meeting so many new guests today – can’t wait to see all that God is up to!
Today we focused on 1 Thess. 2:13-20:
13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while—in person, not in spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18 For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
Here’s how it all came together (with notes in the parentheses to show you why we put these elements in):
- Scholarship Presentation
- Sing to the King (coming to reign, returning, Satan defeated)
- Thy Word (v.13)
- Your Word (v. 13)
- Prayer Over VBS (word went out)
- VBS Recap Video
- Your Glory is Forever (VBS kids helped lead this song – they were absolutely wonderful – they are our glory and joy – v. 20).
- Faithful and True (v.19, the Lord is going to return)
It was so great to have such a big team of worship leaders from VBS this week. The kids did a great job leading in worship! I loved having such a stronger connection with them from this time last week!