In the morning services yesterday, it was good to jump back into our study of Matthew's Gospel. Matthew 17:1-13, where we see the transfiguration of Jesus, is such a rich passage. There just wasn't enough time to say what I would have liked to have said. All our Growth Groups will have a great chance to dig in and check out some of the many related passages, like 2 Peter 1:16-18 and 2 Corinthians 4. (Are you in a Growth Group yet? I'm hearing some great things about the start of our Winter Quarter!)
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3rd service was the fullest I've seen. It's about time to open that 4th section.
I was encouraged to see so many hands raise in response to the question, "Who parked in the parking structure?" One couple approached me after 1st hour and confessed, "We drove up and I said, 'Early bird gets the worm.'" At least they were honest! They also left after the first hour.
The best part of the whole day was gathering again for our Evening Baptism Service. We dunked ten folks, a great mix of young people and adults. So encouraging to hear how God has been at work in such different ways in such different people. So neat to see folks going for it and obeying the Lord's command to identify with Him and proclaim their faith.
The attendance was good, but not great. I was a little disappointed about that, only because its such a precious time. The place should have been packed! So where were you?
With three services, it would be really hard to pull this off in the morning. Also, it was nice to relax a little in the evening, take our time and not be so focussed on managing the clock. We'll talk about it as staff, but I think we'll stick with the evening time slot for now.
Were you there? What did you think? Your feedback is always welcome.
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