They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46 – 47)
Around 80 people from as far away as Rowville and Eltham (and Port Macquarie) gathered in the beautiful Mallanbool Park last night to worship Jesus.
People brought food to share, while others just brought their own. We had a time of worship – no microphones and amplifiers, just a couple of guitars and our voices. There was an opportunity to share communion together and people were invited to come forward for prayer. And we shared a message from the Word of God to bring hope and to remind us of our calling in these last days.
So many of these people had never met one another before. They heard about the gathering and came to be together. Many are people who have felt isolated, misunderstood, left behind and shut out by their community, and most sadly, their churches.
One ‘passer-by’ heard the singing, came to see what was happening, and joined in. Later she said that she hadn’t had communion in a long time. Another man listened from way off, and didn’t have the courage to join, however as one of our number went to the toilets, they struck up a conversation together and an opportunity to love and commit to pray was shared.
So I am putting forward this challenge:
Let’s take the Good News into the park! There is certainly a need in our community, there are people looking for hope and a place to belong. Let’s take ‘church’ to them.
- We need to surround this in prayer
- We need a team to drive this
- We need a commitment form those who believe God is leading us in this way.
I invite you to pray with me as we seek His will for us in this.