LOVE. GROW. SERVE. with Pastor Rachel
Greetings all! WOW. JUST WOW. I have to start off this weeks blog like that. If you were able to be with us at Rock Church Amesbury on Sunday, you may know what I mean. If you weren't able to be with us, let me tell you what I'm talking about. We switched our worship order around a bit this Sunday morning. See the very end of our message had recently been getting cut off for those joining us via livestream, as it automatically switches over to our Plaistow campus at 11:15. So in order to make sure all of our message got to our livestream friends, we decided to move the celebration of communion to immediately after the message rather than before the message as it typically had been. This went off smoothly and then after everyone had come forward to receive Communion, I was worshiping along with our worship team (who sounded AMAZING playing "O Come To The Altar"), when I suddenly realized that the altar rails were completely filled with people deep in prayer. Not only that, but there were others standing behind those at the rails praying because there was no more room. Then I turned back to face the congregation and saw God's people, worshiping in spirit and in truth, hands raised high and hearts poured out before our God. Hallelujah! It was truly one of those holy moments, those few times that we get the opportunity to experience God's kingdom on here on earth and we get to see a very small glimpse of what heaven will look like. I continue to be humbled and amazed at the work that God is doing in our midst. If you were there on Sunday, I hope you took a moment to look around and see the wonder of all He is doing in and through our congregation. If you weren't able to be with us, come in anticipation that the Spirit will move in the same way this week!
Speaking of not being able to be with us, I mentioned our livestream. Although it is always our hope that you are able to come and share time with us in person at one of our services, I do want to lift up the opportunity to join our online congregation when that is not possible. Each of our campuses are livestreamed every Sunday morning, St. Matts at 8:45, Rock Church Amesbury at 10:10 and Rock Church Plaistow at 11:15. Pastor Lee cares for our online campus and is always waiting to interact and pray with livestream participants. So the next time you're down with a cold or the snowy weather keeps you from coming out (sshhhh, we're done with that, right?) you can still stay connected via livestream located at www.rockchurchair.tv or our Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/achurch4all. Alternatively, if you'd like that in-person worship experience, but just can't make it out on a Sunday morning, consider attending one of our evening services. "Rock@6" meets on Sunday evenings at Rock Church Plaistow at (as you may guess) 6pm OR Celebrate Recovery at Rock Church Amesbury includes a full worship service every Tuesday evening at 6:30.
Well, I hope you'll forgive me for cutting this blog a bit short this week, but I've written it on my iPhone across 4 airports, 3 countries and too many time zones for my brain to compute, as Jon and I just landed in the Philippines on our adventure. Tomorrow we'll be visiting our daughter, Lily, who has been out serving full-time in the mission field for the past 6 months. But our visit isn't simply a vacation. While here we will also be on mission as well working with an organization called Wipe Every Tear (www.wipeeverytear.org), which focuses on helping young ladies and men out of human sex trafficking in the Philippines. I am certain we will see and experience things, that thankfully, to us are completely very foreign. But nevertheless, by God's grace may He use us to bring the light of Christ into the darkest places.
I'm sure we will share more on that next week. Until then, please know we'll be praying for all of you and missing our time together and please know how much we appreciate your prayers for our time with Lily, our time in ministry here in the Philippines and our children we've left to take on this mission.
Have a blessed week everyone!