Monday, September 20, 2010

worship :: defined

After experiencing a month and a half of transitions, I am proud to announce that I am back in the swing of things! I actually feel like a new person.

Here is what has been going on with me since August 4th. I went to Thailand for three weeks, came back and moved out of my house 3 days later, then into my new apartment 2 weeks after that (I was kinda homeless for a couple of weeks), all the while planning for the first week of our Fall season of Kids Club which all went down last week.


Did I mention that I don’t really love transitions?

But I survived. And now I’m in a great new apartment with 2 really sweet roommates, and we’re right by the Chatahoochie River. It is such a gift from the Lord to be able to come home from a busy day into a peaceful environment. Thank You, Lord!

So now that I can breathe again, I’m taking some time to reflect on the victories that I’ve experienced in ministry over the past few days.

The first week of Kids Club was a blast! There were about 80 kids total, several of which were new to us.

The whole theme of the week was “On Earth as it is in Heaven.” We shared with the kids about the way Jesus taught His disciples to pray.

But we didn’t just teach the kids to pray a nice little prayer. We taught them that Jesus’ life on earth was a beautiful picture of Heaven on Earth, and so we can expect Heaven to invade Earth because we are also God’s children living here on Earth.

The kids made crowns to represent how they are God’s royal family here on Earth, and that they are a part of the Kingdom of Heaven here.

They absolutely loved decorating their crowns! I’ve never seen so much glitter glue globbed on such a small space. I found glitter glue and sequins in my car, on my bed, on my clothes, and in my hair after Kids Club was long over. Talk about taking your work home with you!

It’s almost like the kids stay with me even when I’m away from them. I really love that.

One of the coolest things that happened at Kids Club last week was when I was trying to get the kids excited about worship before our worship leaders came out. It went something like this:

Me: “Are y’all ready to worship?!?”
Most kids: “YEAH!!!”
One of the New Kids: “What’s worship?”
Me: “Great question! What is worship, guys?”
One of the Teen Guys: “LOVE!”
Me: “Yeah! And who do we love when we worship?”
Another Child: “GOD!”

Did you notice how the kids defined worship?


That definition came from a bunch of street kids. And that definition was followed by such a pure and passionate time of worship with the kids.

They are responding to the Lord’s love for them with love for Him.

“We love because He first loved us.” - 1 John 4:19

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