In the midst of all of the loud music, bright lights, and excitement of yesterday’s worship service and evening concert with The City Harmonic, one testimony brought the entire day’s activities into perspective.
A young man caught me after the concert and said, “Pastor Eric, this was a breakthrough day for me.” He then went on to describe the freedom he experienced to lift his hands and celebrate as a worshipper.
“This was a breakthrough day for me.” Amen. Amen. Amen!
Those are the words a minister lives to hear. All of the planning, all of the prayer, all of the work is focused toward this one beautiful goal — spiritual breakthrough and growth in the lives of the ones we love.
I believe this young man’s personal observations were an accurate assessment of what we experienced as a church body yesterday. It was a day of breakthrough as we were stretched in many areas. From attendance, to sound quality, to lighting effects (I didn’t know our lights could do the things they did!), to the teamwork it took to make it all come together, we were stretched to reach out to new levels of breakthrough.
As pastor of Emmanuel Fellowship Church, I am blessed and overjoyed by where God has brought us as a congregation, and days like yesterday invite me to dream of where God is taking us as we continue to follow Him in this grand adventure.
As I laid my happy/sleepy head down on my pillow last night, I found myself in agreement with the words of my friend, “This was a breakthrough day for me.”
I pray it was for you as well.
“Jesus is Better” part two of the Amazing Love sermon series is now available online.
City Harmonic fans, Peter Lopez is giving away 3 autographed CDs of the EP “Introducing” by The City Harmonic. Head over to Beauty of the Bible for details.
On the Radar
Supernatural Evangelism class resumes Sunday, April 17, at 6 pm, with a Treasure Hunt. Yes, you’ll be asked to get out of your comfort zone, but YES, it will be worth it!
Spiritual Freedom Retreat coming April 15-16. If you have registered to attend, please be at the church Friday evening at 6 pm.
Emmanuel Fellowship is now in TWO SERVICES. Our Sunday morning worship times are 9:00 and 11:00. A pre-school nursery only is available during the 9:00 service, and full children’s ministry is offered in the 11:00 service.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
- Worldchangers – Discussion starters from Sunday’s Kids’ Church lesson.
- The Salvage Yard – Youth Ministry Website
Yesterday’s worship service, courtesy of The City Harmonic was a beautiful time of celebration. Follow the link to keep up with the message, ministry, and music of The City Harmonic.
Next Sunday, April 17, is Palm Sunday. Our children will make a special presentation in the 11:00 am service and we will continue our new sermon series leading up to Easter entitled “Amazing Love.” Keep reading in the book of Hebrews to prepare your heart for worship each week.