Sunday, church was perfect in its own way… but by no means am I implying we did everything right. We still showed up a few minutes late. As always my son refused to sit still. He talked a lot and goofed off during the service. Our 7-year-old Assistant Pastor forgot her Bible. We took an intermission to clean up grape juice that was spilled. We didn’t know all the words to the songs. But by God’s grace, it was perfect. We built a stage. We made bulletins. We sang the words we knew. We took Communion. We read God’s word. We were everything a church is supposed to be. As a father, I truly cannot put into words the joy it brought me to see my daughter lead our family and church Sunday, and to hear my son recite his “Tiny Bear” Bible verses from memory for our congregation. Times may be uncertain right now, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that I personally cannot wait for church next Sunday and to see what the Lord has in store for us. I’m looking forward to praising God in a way that I never have before. I’m looking forward to spilling more juice, messing up the words along the way and having intermission if we need to. In no way am I thankful for the circumstances all of us are facing, but I am so thankful that I have a God who can and will use these circumstances to show me a time of peace, love, and joy I would have never otherwise experienced. That is who our God is and that is what He has promised His followers. Maybe you aren’t in the same season of life as our church is, but I know that our God is willing and able to show up no matter where you are or what the circumstances are.
- Wade Collinson
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” This passage was our family’s focus this past Sunday. With church being closed, my husband Wade decided he was going to create our own “home church,” which included chairs, a stage…and even a microphone (the kid’s karaoke machine finally came in handy)! There was so much excitement over this idea that our daughter Lilly spent an hour creating six bulletins to pass out to attendees! As I watched my family gear up for home church I saw God at work. Wade opened his Bible and began preparing a sermon. Lilly picked out her favorite four songs from Vacation Bible School to perform, and Connor anxiously awaited communion so he could have all the grape juice. It was wonderful. What could have been a morning or stress or boredom was transformed into a beautiful memory, and more importantly, a new tradition. This “at home” church service gave us a chance to pray together on an intimate level, celebrate, laugh, learn and remember who is in control. Though we weren’t with our extended church community, it was a perfect service that I will always hold close to my heart. Our worship of God doesn’t have to be confined or conformed. During this time of uncertainty, I encourage you to embrace the time with your family and see how God can work in your hearts and minds. You just might end up growing in ways you never thought possible. God bless you all!
- Lauren Collinson