Our First "Come As You Are" Service!

posted Feb 21, 2011, 11:33 AM by Google Sites   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 11:43 AM ]
We had such a wonderful first "Come As You Are" service last evening!  It was so relaxed with the lights turned down and candles lit.  The candles were even scented so we had a nice aroma to accompany it. 

Pastor Bob was our speaker for the first service.  To add to the relaxed atmosphere, he sat in a chair comfortably in the front of the church instead of at the pulpit.   He had a wonderful message about friends!  He used an object lesson called, "I wish I was a friend like that" which included a three strand rope.  He gave a piece of rope to all who attended.  The rope symbolized Ecclesiastes 4:12, "And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."  What a powerful message!

He also referenced the scripture Luke 10:30-37

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

   36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

   Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Pastor Bob told this story that he heard about...

A friend of mine named Paul received a new car from his brother as a pre-Christmas present. On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.

"Is this your car, mister?" he asked.

Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas."

The boy looked astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you, and it didn't cost you anything? Gosh, I wish...."

He hesitated, and Paul knew what he was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

"I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."

Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively added, "Would you like a ride in my new car?"
"Oh, yes, I'd love that!"

After a short ride the urchin turned, and with his eyes aglow said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?"

Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.

"Will you stop right where those steps are?" the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while, Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little polio-crippled brother. He sat down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up right against him and pointed to the car.

"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him to for Christmas, and it didn't cost him a cent, and someday I'm gonna give you one just like it; then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."

Paul got out and lifted the little lad into the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, "It is more blessed to give...."

Pastor Bob talked about how Jesus is our friend.  He wants to give all that seek Him, the desires of their hearts.  We can always count on Him.  We have a wonderful friend in God!

For this service we sing from dvd's played on a large television.  The dvd's includes the song, graphics, and the lyrics.  We sang three terrific songs! 

"Come As You Are" from Pocket Full of Rocks (Our theme song that will be played every Saturday night service)

I Am A Friend Of God from the iWorship DVD
There Is None Like You from iWorship DVD

It was a fabulous service!  I hope you will all join us for next weeks service!