What an incredible night of our 3rd Revival service for the summer. We focused on Psalm 23 and God reviving our hope even when walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
The service was built around that passage and included Stacy Wideman’s story (pictured here with her daughter, Savannah, and son, Stephen). After being born with Down’s Syndrome and a heart defect, Stephen fought gallantly during his time, but eventually, God brought about his healing in heaven and not on earth.
Stacy’s honest testimony was more than powerful. Her desire to let God “heal the wound but leave the scar” was seen in her desire to share God’s faithfulness with others during this difficult time. After her testimony, Stacy led us in singing “It is Well.” I have never been a part of a time when that song was sung more passionately and honestly than it was tonight. The commitment in the room to those words was breathtaking.
In addition to that song, we worshiped to:
- How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin
- How Great Thou Art – North Side Worship version
- It is Well – North Side Worship version
If you haven’t noticed, as of late, I haven’t had links to a bunch of hymns we have been doing, because we have been coming up with original arrangements. More on that later this week. The band has been working harder than ever before really putting these together.
Jeff’s message on Psalm 23 was such a great reminder of God’s faithfulness. Afterwards, our times in groups was great. Then, we got to walk outside to the front steps, baptize 13 people, and then go and have some ice cream with the church family.
It was probably all around one of my favorite days of being a part of this North Side family. I love my church.
Come on, God, tell me we are just getting started.