When I heard we were going to St. Philip for our weekly chapel, I got really excited. I had wanted to return to St. Philip for a long time, and never made it a priority. But this day we were headed there to worship and encourage the leaders of this ever transitional community. I wondered if I would feel something special when I returned. I wondered if I would remember the building…the place my parents brought me as a newborn and partnered with the community upon my baptism nearly 50 years ago. I was not disappointed.
The church looks pretty much the same, and upon entering the Sanctuary, the stained glass window draws you in, just like it did many years ago. I bounced with excitement, knowing that the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow still shines, and still calls us to come and enter His presence.
Corey Shores, Worship Leader/Student Pastor, and the worship team of St. Philip welcomed the Mt. Bethel staff, and led us in an invitation to worship God and lay down our burdens. Letting down my wall of worry and responsibility is a well known block for me that tries to keep me from encountering God. It is a wall that I have allowed, and I still struggle at times to open up my soul. But just like that stained glass window that shines the light of day and the light of Christ, God can use even me to shine His light. This message was made clear to me again when Pastor Steve Brumbeloe reminded us of the faithful woman who just wanted to touch the garment of Jesus….He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
What amazing freedom, if only we will let our wall down and allow God to shine through us. I immediately felt called to pray for all people in the St. Philip community who have their walls up. I pray that they have the courage to come encounter the one Light that shines through Corey and the worship team at St. Philip. I pray that walls come down and the grace of our Savior will shine upon them.