There are times that I wish everyone could be there to see something that just a few of us get to see.
So it was a couple of Thursdays ago. Some of you were there - about 40 singers from our South Campus, 3 young men from our North Campus, one teacher and a dozen chaperoning moms were on hand.
What happened? Well, let me try to tell you, but let me warn you in advance - it might be one of those "I guess you had to be there" times.
Seventh and Eighth grade Chaplains from CVCA came to our South Campus to give a wonderful chapel. Ian Yoder, a CHCS graduate, did much of the speaking. Wow, we were sure proud of him! Many of the students on the CVCA ministry team were CHCS graduates as well. In the process we were invited to lead in a chapel for CVCA seventh and eighth graders.
The day arrived - Thursday, March 8th. We loaded our Worship Team on the bus. Now, our Worship Team doesn't consist of two singers, a guitar player, a guy on bass and a drummer. No, we're sportin' a 40 voice choir with Mrs. Martin on the keyboard!
We arrived with about three minutes to spare, our kids mounted the risers in their matching uniforms and God, Himself, moved into the chapel. "Blessed Be The Name" was first, and it was like they'd been doing this all their lives. Then Ethan stepped to the mic and led us in "Open the Eyes of My Heart." God was not only in the chapel, but now He was moving in the hearts of all of us. A standing ovation erupted from the congregation.
Will and Hudson shared about Guatemala, by focusing on God's Word (which, by the way, "will not return void"). Then Sumara and Hailey sang in front of our group the great song, "I Know My Redeemer Lives." Another standing ovation from the congregation.
Eric recited Psalm 15 from memory; and again, I was reminded that God's Word does not return void. The message was simple: "Who Can Hang Out With God?" Eric had already said it, "Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts."
In a chapel that was focused on God's presence and God's Word, we experienced God's presence!
Well, I have continued to get e mails about what a blessing the time there at CVCA was for all who were in attendance. Thanks to all who served in those moments so faithfully, so we could all know God more deeply.
Yep, wish all of you had been there.
Let's thank Him: Dear Heavenly Father, we asked You to help us honor You with our lives and ministry when You gave us opportunity to serve You. Thank You for being so faithful in allowing us to be used by You for Your glory. I pray this in the name and nature of Jesus, Amen.
Proud of you,