The minister said that 17% of the people go to church in Lakeside. Isn’t that scary? Everyone must be at games, dance recitals, sleeping in, or somewhere else finding the Field of Dreams. To draw people into the church doors it has to be more exciting and changes need to be made. The real elders are often at home and the youngings are off doing something else.
I remember when Vineyard was in our neighborhood. They sure drew the young people into that church. Anchor Church is now in that building, and they are drawing more people in than ever. They are parking further up the street. I like their young minister. He speaks the language that young people understand. I went there once.
I can remember struggling with our kids about going to church. Yes, it was like pulling teeth without anesthesia.
The message of yesterdays service was: Those who refuse to move with Jesus or God are left behind. We can’t be with Jesus or God if we don’t go with him. We need to move with him.
I was thinking about the songs sung in church today. I loved, “How Great Thou Art,” ”Allelu,” ”Precious Lord Take My Hand,” and “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir.” I had never heard the later before. I think I have to send the words to “PreciousLord Take My Hand” to my uncle who is very elderly, afraid to die, and is not doing well. You have to have “Faith.” It is what substains us in the most difficult and troubled times in our lives.
“Precious Lord Take My Hand”
“Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, and I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light. Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.
When my way grows dreary, Precious Lord, linger near; when my life is almost gone. Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand, least I fall. Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.
When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide myhand, hold my hand. Take my hand Precious Lord, lead me home.”
I was thinking about someone who has been renting my aunt and uncle’s house. The parent drove over her child in a large oversized truck backing out. What a painful thought to live with. That brings my mine to the verse, “How Great Thou Art”
Verse 2: “And when I think that God His Son not sparing, sent Him to die I scare can take it in. That on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.” (All verses are great in How Great Thou Art).
We have an amazing singing group at our church called, “Faith’s Journey,” and they performed today. They go out to the nursing homes to sing as well.