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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Authentic

Our church is starting a new ministry. The town I live in is home to a university and therefore we are blessed with many college age kids. We have some people in our church who were feeling called to do something to minister to these kids. After much prayer and planning, it was decided to start a Saturday evening worship service. We had a few trial runs last spring to determine what the kids were looking for and to see what interest there was for this. We were astounded! Our first session drew 30 kids. The next one had 60. I was amazed (and thrilled)to see that many kids coming voluntarily to church, on a Saturday night to worship. What did they want from us? They want the real deal. They want to hear the truth, not just "God loves you". They want to worship with praise music and hymns. They want to pray with and for each other. They don't want to "do church". They want to be the church. Because of this, the ministry is named "Authentic". The new school year is starting in a few weeks and the college kids are moving back in. Our first meeting is next week. Tonight we had a live recording of our Praise Team singing many different songs that will be put on a CD and given to kids at the college. It was a great night of worship, with people of all ages attending. One of the songs we sang tonight is the Chris Tomlin song - How great is our God. These lyrics really speak to me of the scope of the greatness of God!
Age to age he stands, and time is in his hands, beginning and the end, The God head three in one, Father, Spirit, Son, Lion and the Lamb,...Name above all names, you are worthy of all praise, my heart will sing, how great is our God!"
We have already seen God working as we have prepared for this. It will be interesting to see what happens next!
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4 comments:

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I wanted to be there so badly- I'm glad it went well though!

I hope they make a cd of it- it would get lots of playtime at my house.

Nancy said...

That is so cool that so many kids are interested & on a sat. nite too, You just know it is a God thing & young people are looking for something more to life then what the world has to offer...

Terri said...

Glad it went well. What a great outreach for college kids.

Renee said...

What a praise, when you think of all the things college kids could be out doing on a Saturday night, to give collegians an option like this is WONDERFUL!!!!
Keep us posted on how it all goes!