Monday night’s event, with a group called IMPACT that meets in Southampton weekly for training and worship, was in Central Hall. It was a culmination of weekend of growing into an incredible community in the south of England: Monday’s event saw friends we had seen through the entire weekend in places like Lee, Portsmouth, Gosport, as well at Southampton. More than just another event, the Monday night sealed a time growing together with a group of people who are passionate about seeking the Lord in and out of season.
The way the Monday night event came about was in itself a bit of providence: it came up as a possibility in a conversation on Friday, but as a small one, as it is not something that would typically be an event for outside groups: IMPACT represents over 15 area churches coming together, and their worship team is amazing. To be asked to come in itself was a huge honor, and for us to actually be invited to lead there on Monday was a testament to the work God was doing in us and in the community around Southampton. Central Hall is the largest Christian gathering center in the region, and its history is one of revival and awakening: started by two evangelists earlier in this century, it was the place where Delirious was born in the early 90s; the song “What a Friend I’ve Found” was actually written right behind this stage moments before it was led for the first time. Tonight, Phil Wickham and Rend Collective will be playing there. Somewhere in the middle, we stand, leading people in worship of a wonderful and gracious God.
In so many ways, I’m blown away by God’s compassion and grace in this season of life: often, I think God saves us from ourselves, from our own misplaced dreams and desires, making something new and good in the midst of our own futile attempts at saving the world… I think all that God desires from us is to know Him, to see Him face to face, and simply do exactly what He tells us to as He takes care of the rest. To simply adore, to simply love, and to simply obey are the elements of a life immersed in Christ.
Jesus, Friend forever
So honored, so humbled, and so thankful for the time here in southern England. As this final week of the #oneworthitall Europe tour 2014 begins today in Bristol, I’m grateful for all I’ve learned here.