Monday, August 15, 2011

Ember Reflections

Last night we held the first ever Ember Church service, and that was the fastest hour and fifteen minutes of my life! God really showed up, spoke to us, and moved our hearts. Bryce, who was running the sound board in the back, said at one point in the service, "Things were just going along normal, then all of a sudden, BAM! The Holy Spirit was just everywhere!"

I was sitting in the front row so I didn't really have a good vantage point on what God was doing in the hearts of those behind me, but from what I've heard, he was powerfully ministering to many folks last night. My facebook feed was blowing up with Ember excitement from a lot of folks who were there, so I know God was doing some cool stuff.

The most powerful moment for me was Breena's video and her song. If you haven't seen the video yet, you can watch it below. After we showed the video, she sang Your Great Name by Natalie Grant. That was the first time she ever sang in front of a group, and to do it after that video...I'm so proud of my wife!

I couldn't even look at her while she was singing because I didn't want her to cry. ...Okay, fine, me. I didn't want to cry, so I didn't look at her. There were several moments during the service where I thought I was going to start with the waterworks, but I somehow managed to keep my composure.

So many people put in such excellent service. We have an amazing team of talented servants who are passionate about Jesus and this church. Someone came up to me after the service and said, "I can't believe this was your first service. It seems like you guys have been doing this for a long time." That's a testament to the hard work and talent of our team if I've ever heard one!

If you want to listen to the sermon, you can find it in the sermon player to the right of this post. It was the first in our series on Jeremiah, and as God assured Jeremiah, he assured us: I am with you. That's what I'm really taking away from last night: God is with us.


5 VOICES said...

Greta Breena video

And congratulations on a live birth and a healthy launch

May the roots if this plant go deep and may the fruit be abundant and sweet

Melody said...

I am so proud of both of you, Andy and Breena, for following God's not always easy path he has laid out for you. I wish you the very best He has to offer your family and Ember Church. Praises always! With love, Aunt Melody

Kelly Heasley said...

It is allowed that my favorite part of the evening was your Lost speech/prayer? ;)

andy said...

If we can't live together...then we're gonna die alone. Amen, Jack. Amen.