Today my friend brought me to Euston church, and I’ve been church hopping for 3 weeks now but I think this is it.
And I have so much to say about it, but here’s the last bit of the sermon and the subsequent prayer:
“Love is at the heart of the church.
Why do we do what we do?
Because we love Him!
Why do we study the Bible, long to reach out, all these ‘Christian things’.. we do it because we love Him.
Our motives will always be mixed, because that’s how we are. But let us then pray to love Him more.”
(lady steps up to pray)
“O God, so often we do this out of duty instead of the love with which we first began.
When we don’t love You help us to see You and know You.
And as You grow our love for You, help us to encourage one another.
Help us to serve each other wholeheartedly and to put each other’s interests above our own.
May we have compassion on those we come into contact with, to overcome fear or nerves or apathy to show love.
Forgive us when we put on a show, and renew our love.
We cannot do this on our own. We need your love – help us, we pray.
We thank You for your faithfulness and that You hear our prayers. In your precious Son’s name, Amen.”
and it was so humble and so foundational and earlier in the day i’d heard a sermon that began with “HOW CAN GOD BLESS ME”, but this was in the exact opposite spirit, the same kind of spirit that lay behind Jesus’s words when He said
“the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as an offering for many”
earlier today (and all this week really) i’d prayed Psalms 51:12 – “restore to me the joy of Your salvation“, and as we sang the closing song i went back to how i felt when Jesus had come to me personally 15 months ago.
“my chains fell off, my heart was free
i rose, went forth, and followed Thee”
it has been an interesting weekend. utterly devoid of schoolwork, yes, but also immensely satisfying – i do believe that i’m getting diligent, which to me means that when i’m not doing work, it’s not because i’m slouching about social media sites, but because i’m actually doing stuff and being with people who mean tons to me :–)