So twice a year our church does something wonderful- we (Memorial Church of Christ) pair up with Fifth Ward Church of Christ for a time of fellowship and worship.
If you don't know much about the Houston area, then this won't mean much to you until I explain. Memorial is the Highland Park of Houston. Well-to-do people, big, beautiful homes... you get my drift... If you know anything about "wards" in cities, then you know Fifth Ward would be quite the opposite of Memorial.
Last night, it was Fifth Ward's turn to come to Memorial. They came in hundreds and filled our auditorium. They were decked out in their Sunday best- gorgeous hats, beautiful dresses and suits... And the congregation from Fifth Ward mixed right in with the Memorial Congregation.
Looking from the pulpit, I bet it was quite a sight! Every color skin you could imagine mingled together- all there for one purpose- to give glory to God. If you know Churches of Christ, you know we don't use instruments when we worship- we just sing. I can assure you that God was smiling down last night with a HUGE smile. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard- voices of every type singing praises to Him. It was the loudest it's ever been in that auditorium. I paused while we sang Hallelujah Praise Jehovah, and just listened- it was truly amazing.
The message was wonderful and there was a sweet young boy from Fifth Ward who professed his faith in front of the HUGE congregation and was baptized. It really was just incredible.
After the service we all went to the Family Life Center for dinner together. Once again, we didn't even blink about sitting with our "usual" friends that we see every week. We sat with our new friends and exchanged life stories and just listened to each other.
I wanted to post this so that I could be reminded that there is hope in this crazy world! When two completely different congregations can get together and glorify God, how can you not believe in hope? We came together as two sets of completely different people for one purpose. There is one thing that binds us together as brothers and sisters and that is Jesus Christ. I left the service last night with such a renewed sense of peace. God is so good and He showed us that last night.