Our God showed us that he is the Father of the weak, the Defender of the helpless, in providing 607 jars of peanut butter for our Snack Pak program for Bivins Elementary School. We saw his glory reflected in the faces of our own young children as they scurried about the packed worship center, collecting the jars, passing the jars, chasing and dropping the jars, which will be used to feed at-risk students and kids living in poverty in our city.
Our God showed us that he is the Savior of the World in showering Great Cities Missions with more than $75,000 for the training and sending of missionaries and planting of churches in Latin America. We saw his glory reflected in the grinning faces of the GCM board members and Central missions committee members scattered all over our worship center.
Our God showed us that he is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe in supplying through his faithful servants here $55,000 to begin the new permanent Alara school building in Kenya. Our God calls things that are not as though they are. He is faithful to finish what he starts. And we saw his glory reflected yesterday in the great generosity of Jack and Barbara Vincent.
Our God also showed us that he is a patient God, gracious and compassionate, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. When Kimberly Vasquez was baptized into Christ yesterday, we saw his eternal glory reflected in her face. And we all joined the angels in heaven rejoicing.
Our God is not an audience when his people gather to worship him. He is active, very active, in ministering to us, comforting us, encouraging us, inspiring us. He is present in every song, he is there in every prayer, he eats and drinks with us at his table, and he is working in every handshake and hug. Our God is revealing himself to us, he is transforming us more into the image of his Son, and he is giving us little glimpses of his Kingdom come in all of its fullness and glory.
Thank you for bringing the peanut butter. Thank you for clapping for Jack and Barbara. Thank you for cheering so wildly for Kimberly. And thank you for coming to our worship assemblies every Sunday morning expecting our God to do something big. Again.