Sweet hour of prayer
sweet hour of prayer
That calls me from a world of care
and bids me at my Father's throne
Make all my wants and wishes known
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter's snare
By thy return sweet hour of prayer
I've been playing this song on the piano repeatedly lately and today the organist at church chose to play it during communion. That was neat.
The plans for FPU are well under way. We have 2 couples and 1 single guy for sure. And 2-3 other possible couples. 2 of which are engaged to be married. The class is starting next Sunday night. I can't wait. Woohoo! I'm praying earnestly that God will use this class to truly change its members.
We would also love to lead a class in the fall for our church but in order to truly lead it we must be members of the church. We've been discussing possible membership for almost a year now. (We probably should have discussed it 5 years ago when we starting going there, but oh well.) The trouble has been the fact that to be a member our church stands firm on the fact that you must be baptized by immersion (can't remember if I spelled that right). I was but Dave wasn't. It has been kind of an issue and has been holding us back. I would not become a member without him and he would not be baptized again in a different way in order to become a member. Today after we left church, Dave made the decision that he would rather not hold back from teaching and leading our church family in this financial capacity any longer and he will do what it takes, if that means a second baptism in their way, to become a member of our church family so he can truly serve them. I'm thrilled beyond belief. I am so thankful that we will truly be members of our church now. This is an answer to prayer.
Another thing that helped with our desire to step up, become members and lead in a financial study was the skit our friends did about discipleship and serving today. The guy, Jason, was pretending to be a church member seeking to find a way he could serve without actually doing anything, mayber for an hour or two once a month. Amie was like, "Jason, where did you get the idea that serving God would be easy?" Dave sat there in church and laughed at how dumb that sounded then realized that's all we do. An hour once a month we work in the nursery. He quickly stopped laughing.
Anyways, we truly believe that in a time where so many people are hurting financially because of the increased cost of necessities (gas, food, etc.) and giving is down in every ministry as a result, if people can eliminate some of their consumer and student loan debt they would be free to give more to the Kingdom of God. Whether y'all agree with this, I don't know. But we feel passionate that this is our ministry and we can't wait to help our family of believers.
Sorry if this post is kind of incoherent. Dave's watching Braveheart behind me...It's so loud and violent. Ugh. I can't think too well.
One other thing, we were in the nursery at church today. I effectively calmed down a little girl who was bawling her eyes out cuz her "mamaw" left her. The two other ladies in there who are pro nursery workers didn't even succeed! I was so happy I did it. Such a victory! And Dave was a lot more involved today as Mary did the Mimi lesson. He realized that the kids have been watching him and when he sits there like he's too cool to do the motions and sing the songs, they don't participate either, especially the boys. He realized that he needs to set as good example of a man who will be involved. I'm sooooo proud and in love with this man today.