This morning in our staff worship after reading Psalm 95 we were encouraged to think positively:
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
9 where your fathers tested and tried me,
though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
“They shall never enter my rest.”
Last night we had a whole load of youngsters turn up to our Sunday night youth ministry from the local estate. Initially it felt uncomfortable, they walked into church in the middle of the service, they disrupted our group of young people who were listening to one of our church members share his testimony, they swore and were consistently inappropriate in their behaviour.
And yet, the guy sharing his testimony had a lot in common with them – a background of glue sniffing, addiction to alcohol and drugs, in and out of trouble with the police and more. Out of all the Sunday night’s I’ve had in Tonbridge it was the best night for them to have showed up to in the last two and a bit years. Two of the young lads engaged with Steve and he had the opportunity to share again some of his testimony. They enjoyed hanging out with the leaders and some of the other young people and are talking about popping into our youth cafe tomorrow.
It would be easy to see the disruption they caused but instead WOW what a God opportunity. It’s exciting, let’s praise God for it.