“What’s different about worship?” someone asked me yesterday, “the energy is WAY higher!”
I just smiled and said – “we’re all on the Unbinding team!”
What can I say? I write these words with profound joy. We are doing it! After 12 months of preparation and prayer, we are in the midst of our congregation-wide study of Martha Grace Reese’s evangelism handbook Unbinding Your Heart.
Thousands of churches all across the country have used this book – but we are already distinguishing ourselves by our outstanding level of participation. My goal was to enroll 80% of our worship attendance in small groups and as of the first week we have met this goal! We have over 200 people of all ages studying and praying together. That’s TWENTY-THREE groups meeting on four days a week, including pre-school, kids, middle school, high school, college, young adult, middle age and senior adults! It is heartwarming for me to walk the halls and to pop into classrooms seeing toddlers and 80-year-olds and everyone in-between all pulling together in the same direction. Keep up the outstanding work!
It’s never too late to join a group, so please consider joining a group while there is still time left in this exciting 40-day season. If there is not a group that fits with your schedule please contact me and I will do my best to organize a group to fit your schedule. We have books in the office available for purchase at $10 – so come by and pick one up to join in the excitement! Every person who joins us in these 40 days will add energy and strength to our team!
I hope you use this 40 days in a way that restores your soul so that your cup overflows. You have my full permission during this time to skip something so that you have time to focus on your daily prayers. Skip a committee meeting. Skip laundry! Let something go during this brief season to make room in your life for prayer. If you want me to sign a permission slip to skip something – just come by office! Anything to keep your prayers coming…. Don’t forget to send an email to Alice.Searcy@covhsv.org if you would like to receive daily videos from me to give you special hints and encouragement about your daily prayers. Or just check out our youtube channel. Go to youtube.com and type in “CovenantHuntsville.”
If you’d like to share one of my Unbinding Your Heart Sermons, I am recording these and placing them on our youtube channel as well. Why not send one to a friend so they can get a taste of what it would be like to visit with us on Sunday?
To close, I’d like to thank everyone who has made this 40-day adventure possible. It’s like running a summer camp right here in our church! To everyone who has prayed, planned, organized, led, taught, decorated, built stuff, sung, and participated – THANK YOU! I will take a note from page 122 of your Unbinding Books and quote First Thessalonians 1:2-3.
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”