Monday, March 14, 2016

Unity with Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Posted by: Stephanie Casting and Brianna Gregoire
"There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
Ephesians 4:4-5

To begin the day, a large group of students woke up early to see the sunrise, but sadly were met with a cloudy, gloomy day. The sun wasn't as glorious as it was yesterday, but the sophomores were still in high spirits in anticipation of going to worship with Pastor Tootie and his congregation at Disciple's Point Church, here in Greenville, Tennessee. After getting past the gloom of the cloudy morning rain, we enjoyed a great breakfast, and had a time of meaningful devotions. This morning's devotion was found in Ephesians 4, where there's an emphasis on unity within the body of Christ. Fortunately for us, we experienced true unity with other believers. At Disciple's Point, we were welcomed with open arms, and great Southern hospitality. After a great welcome into their quaint church, we began a great time of intimate worship, lead by the church's usual worship leaders, Angie and Cassie, and our own worship leaders, Amanda, Anastasia, and Daniel. These dedicated leaders made the sacrifice to leave early to be able to rehearse their line-up in order to lead worship. During the service, the worship was intimate and clearly filled with the Spirit.

 The service continued with a great illustration from Pastor Tootie with Angie, Andrew, and Brian to show that without the Word, our communication is awful. Pastor Tootie continued the trend of our trip, preaching on how we need to be open to the God speaking to us. Once he finished up his sermon, we went into a time of communion, where we surrendered to the Lord. 

After a great worship service, we enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked meal with the congregation at Disciple's Point. We had some crispy fried-chicken, tender barbecue pulled-pork, buttery rolls, fluffy mashed potatoes, and so much more. The food was great! After the delicious meal, we had a quick shopping run to Walmart. Once we got back to Long View, we all had some free time, where some of the sophomores went to rest, others went on some light walks, played some board games, or went on strenuous 6 mile hike with Mr. White as their leader. When the group got to the top they could see for 60 miles! Overall, we had a great afternoon.