This year following two significant studies, that were intended to foster both evangelistic fervor and a sense that the church exist as more than a sanctuary for those who know who Jesus is, we decided to take our show on the road. A evening of caroling in one of our local neighborhoods with the intention of not only spreading some Christmas cheer but also to give invitations to our congregations worship was planned. I have to admit that I was both excited and shocked by this development. The excitement stemmed from the fact that I have been working with our congregation to be more intentional about faith sharing and invitation. I was shocked because I have never been fully confident that I have done a good job at conveying this spiritual discipline nor did I think too many folks were really listening.
Low and behold, like a Christmas miracle the idea was born and the call for singers was put out. Now, only a few days away from our scheduled event, rain is predicted. I assumed that this would be the death of this risky ministry opportunity. It seems that it’s easy to cancel things, especially when they bring us into a risk taking posture. Nevertheless and in spite of my negative expectations a backup plan was birthed. Perhaps inspired by the video below the response was, “We’ll go to the mall.”
Only by the Spirit’s leading can we be so bold. Only a passion for sharing the divine love of God in Christ can lead to radical shifts in our life. We live our lives in a continual season of Advent. Every day is spent waiting on the Lord. It’s moments like this that I become conscious of the fact that Christ is far more present in our lives than we expect and realize. Please pray for our carolers, that they may “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” and witness to the power of Christ in their lives.
*Look for an update on how things go next week*