Sunday, February 27, 2011
When we entered the house and gathered in the living room (and the dining room) I looked around and saw a lot of new faces. Families that were not there the last few times we were and it was good to meet them. We sang a few songs together (one brother plays the guitar very well) mingled with prayers and scripture readings. As our singing ended and all was quiet for a brief moment, a woman burst forth in beautiful praise to our Lord. Then the Spirit moved in such a way to bring to mind a scripture or a teaching from many members of the body, each passage or word building on the rest. It was richly edifying. Multiple members at work building up the rest of the body. There was no schedule of speakers, no list of scriptures yet there was perfect order and someone was clearly in control and guiding the participation. The themes of Christ as our high priest, the preciousness and necessity of his blood, the weight of our sin and unworthiness, and his example becoming our call to serve were some themes that were expounded. All this before we entered into the next passage of scripture that had been predetermined.
It was marvelous to see Christ at work building his Church. It was glorious to see Christ manifested through the working of his many members under his headship. Not tossed to and fro by different doctrines but gathered together with one theme and one song: Praise be to the lamb that was slain and to the victory that is ours because of his love.
How was your Sunday morning gathering?