I needed a day to reflect on this past Sunday. It was a special day. A very special day. Holy Wow!
If you are new to the blog let me catch you up to speed. My church was given a free church building. Fully furnished. We took 5 weeks to paint, tear down walls, and make it our own. We decided to have our first services in that building on Easter Sunday.
Now before it get to all of the good stuff you should know it was not a perfect day. We had a Gremlin in our projector that caused a line to move up and down our screen. Nobody officially said it was a Gremlin, but me. Nobody could figure out what was wrong so based off of the documentary Gremlins I’m pretty sure there was one in our projector.
We also had a HUGE problem with our confident screen cutting out in the middle of songs. This wasn’t a hug deal for our worship pastor because he memorizes song lyrics like a boss. It was a lot bigger deal for our worship choir.
But none of that stuff mattered. It didn’t matter because it was a holy wow type of day.
It was special to see all of our volunteers jump into action. No one knew what to expect. We went from one Sunday night service to hosting two on Sunday morning. What happened blew everyone’s expectations away.
Our final count for the day was 501 people. We had 174 the week before. Holy Wow!
I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks to see who sticks, who we can invest in, and who will make us their church and invest in us. My mind is still recovering from being blown by that number.
My favorite thing about the day was not the number. That was cool, but what was even more holy wow was the stories. I heard lots of stories of people who hadn’t been in church in years coming on Sunday. I heard lots of stories of people who had been invited for a long time but finally, for whatever reason, came on Sunday.
God is really good. But I want to make sure that everyone knows that God is really good even when we don’t have explosive attendance at our churches. God is good when we continued to lose people because we were a Sunday night only church. God was good when we lost our entire college group to another church because we were a Sunday night church. God was good when we started with 50 people and didn’t know if anyone else would join us. And God will be good next week no matter what the number is.
God is good. He is doing something at our church right now. It’s the answer to years of prayers. One of my favorite things in life is to serve God. We don’t have to, we get to. I’m really honored to serve God as a pastor. I was really honored by all our first time guests that came. I am really honored by our volunteers that gave up seats because we ran out. I am really honored by everyone who prayed! I am really honored by our people committing to start a church that literally had nothing to offer but Jesus.
Yesterday was a very surreal experience. I can’t wait to do it again this Sunday.
What was your favorite part about Easter Sunday?