Another hard charging weekend...
Gen had an instore concert lined up for Salem Storehouse on Saturday. She and Amy D., headed over there in the morning, Dan helped them set up some sound equipment and they did 5 sets of music from 10am - 3pm. The store was busy, some of our friends stopped by to say hi, she signed lots of CD's and got to meet some new fans. Salem has both of her CD's on sale this month for $12.99, and we are very happy with how her music has been received across Ottawa.
Saturday night was another packed house. The Gilmans led worship, Dad, son and brother. Alan shared his heart around the song 'Cry Out to Jesus' and then played it for us. I think the Lord spoke to me and gave me an idea for Orleans through it. I'll share more if that comes to fruition.
Family time can't get any better than when someone shares how they gave their life to Christ in the preceeding weeks. These are very exciting days.
We were in 1 Peter 3:8 through the end of the chapter, and we were talking about doing good. I had an illustration planned about a guy in our church that had been jumped and injured by another guy that has been in our church. I had permission from the guy that was injured to share the story of forgiveness and blessing and doing good, but then the other guy came to church too! It's still a fresh story, one that's obviously still in process, and it wasn't appropriate to give the illustration. I'm sharing it here hoping that you will pray for both of these guys, and pray for us as we are seeking to minister to folks in these kinds of situations.
After the service, I had to run an errand down to Ottawa South and one of the guys jumped in with me. We had a great conversation about how to be in a dating relationship as a Christian. We have so many single adults on Saturday night, I think I'm going to be having more of those talks with people. I was all fired up after that, I love challenging young guys to purity, holiness and being a man.
Sunday morning was a first on many levels. I should have taken a picture somewhere in there. Calvary Orleans and Bon Berger had a joint service. Gen led worship in both languages, and Pasteur Georges (that's how they spell it in French) and I took turns speaking a message on "Unity of the Spirit." We all shared in communion together and then went downstairs for a glorious potluck. I didn't get to talk with all the Calvary people, but I think we all enjoyed ourselves and expressed an interest in doing it again.
Gen and I recognized one of the ladies from Bon Berger that has a little boy in Luc's class at school. It was cool to make another connection in the neighborhood. I love hearing and seeing how the Holy Spirit is at work all around us revealing Jesus and relationship with God to people.
I have a big announcement to share. There's one more detail to be squared away, but I'm hoping to be able to share it with you this week.