Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Junior Conquests!!

Posted by: Meg

Sunday Morning Church!! Church on the Street shared quite a church service with us yesterday morning. We arrived a little late for the adult Sunday school service at Church on the Street and were amazed with how they just immediately stopped the service to welcome us, give up their seats for us to sit, and asked if we could lead them in some praise and worship. They were so kind to us and really excited that we were there to have church with them.
In unity we worshiped God whole heartedly. It’s kind of funny because despite the fact that our service wasn’t always singing in perfect harmony, all together we still continued to praise God. It was an Amazing experience! The Lord’s presence was evident. After, we joined many of the disciples (people in the recovery program) of Church on the Street in the main service for lots of music, some dramas, and a great message by Pastor Walt. Meanwhile other Juniors helped out in children’s church with the younger kids making salvation bracelets and read bible stories together. It was quite a big morning for all of us. After eating some lunch we attended a street outreach where we had the opportunity to serve many homeless people food that were incredibly thankful for. We learned of many of their life experiences and were able to share our testimonies and even had a prayer of salvation with many of them. We as Juniors had a great time talking with these people who were in desperate need of our affection. Finally what we all had especially been looking forward to a hike at Papago Park one last time! We embarked upon a new mountain and worked together to overcome our fears of climbing. WOW!! HOW BEAUTIFUL! We have once again been able to see and really take some time to appreciate God's magnificent creation. I know for me as I stood at the very top of that mountain I was just completly overwhlemed with looking out over all and seeing the amazing detail and beauty of what none other but our God could have created. Praise God!!

As the sun set around us we gathered at the bottom of the mountain where Erik and Mrs. Stapleton led in devotions. Mrs. Stapleton challenged us to ask forgiveness for the conflicts that we have had in our lives. We wrote down the names of people that we needed to forgive and symbolically burned note cards in the fire. It was a wonderful ending to our night…and we were soon off to bed!