There is nothing quite like the way that our campus comes to life with the opening of schools and the gearing up for fall worship services. It is always fun to be part of a ministry that is filled with young people, both Academy and College, who can become influencers for Christ.
In addition, the new Connection Plaza opened to the community this week and the response has been awesome. Many parents from our surrounding neighborhoods have found out about the indoor playground, and are thrilled to have a safe, fun and cool place to bring their kids to play. Another draw is the coffee shop; it is the best place to get coffee on the Westside! Many people already have shown up to grab a cup of coffee and let us know that they would be regulars! It excites me to think about all the people we will be able to connect with through the use of this building.
Our back-to-school teaching series, Finding Happiness, launched this week. This practical study through the teaching of Jesus, from the Sermon on the Mount,will help us to discover the kind of life where we are flourishing inwardly and outwardly. Join with me to invite those you meet to experience what God is doing on one of our campuses or in one of our services.
What God is doing is the result of what you have done in praying and giving to make ministry possible. I believe that we are making a difference in our community and that we are the key to helping people find and follow Jesus.
You never know what is going to happen when you go to church. This past Sunday, as I left the house, I knew that the weather was going to be a challenge for both campuses as it was raining all over the city. When I arrived on campus here at Hammond, I learned that lightning struck the auditorium, knocking out the power to the air conditioning and to the transformer that controls our media (audio and video). By church time, we only had lights and minor sound system equipment working. These were not ideal conditions for church and certainly made us get creative in pulling it off, but as we finished the morning of worship, I was reminded that things don’t have to go perfectly in order to experience the movement of the Spirit.
This season in our church is an important one and we are marking that by a special prayer emphasis. We are gathering on Hammond this Friday and Saturday for 24 hours of prayer. There are so many areas, I believe, where we need God to do a great work, and we have the opportunity to come together in unity as a church and seek God’s face. If Sunday was any indication, as I watched so many people come forward to write down their prayer requests and leave them at the altar, I can sense an eagerness for God to work. Join us this week as we pray for these prayer requests, and we pray for a movement of God in our church. During each hour there will be a pastor and other group leaders present to help facilitate a powerful prayer experience. You can click HERE to sign up for a time slot.
The following Sunday our Oakleaf campus will concentrate their prayer time on specifically praying for the schools in the area where we are connected. The church should be an agent of change in the community, where we are known for pouring ourselves out for the needs in the community. Let’s support this great initiative and ask for a special moving of the Holy Spirit.
We want to be more effective as a church going forward and we cannot do that without a fresh moving of the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that God does his greatest work when people pray!
We are gearing up for a back-to-school series that starts on August 20. We are going to study through Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes and what it means to flourish while living in a fallen world. Be thinking about those who you can invest in and invite to experience what God is doing here at Trinity.