“Inspiring” would be the first word I’d use to describe last Sunday. It was definitely memorable for me as it was my first Sunday at Cool Spring. For those of you that don’t know, we had a little storm roll through the area Saturday night; Irene was her name. While it could have been much worse, she did a fair amount of damage and created moderate inconveniences such as the loss of electricity. By sunrise Sunday the storm cleared. When I arrived at church, the sun was shining and a cool gentle breeze was blowing. The absence of electricity was the immediate. The decision was made to go from three to two services and move everything into the Sanctuary. Doors were propped and windows opened while that gentle cool breeze blew through the building. Lots of people arrived early to help – a sweet picture of a church in action.
Of all the observations to make about Sunday, one thing is for sure. Though we were absent of electricity, we were not absent of power. Enthusiasm, excitement, and energy were all present. But most important – His presence was obvious. God is moving at Cool Spring! I have to comment about another observation at the 10:00 a.m. service that will forever stick in my mind. We sang a song in that service which comes with a special memory for me. I well remember singing this song during a packed prayer meeting at the Brooklyn Tabernacle with a people unhindered in worship and a full altar – a rich and powerful moment in my life. Last Sunday, we sang, “How Great is Our God” without electrical amplification, no screens, and with minimal instrumentation. People sang with a passion from words not written on a screen but written upon their hearts about the greatness of God – powerful. The energy and truth of the moment was inspiring. We’d been through the storm and knew His greatness all the more. That moment is now etched upon my heart as the most memorable rendition moment of “How Great is Our God.”
If you don’t know the song, I’ve included Chris Tomlin’s version.