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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ever Over, Into and Under

"Community. A rhythm. A beat. A pulse. A flowing river
connecting you to him and her and them and us to you
and back again flowing ever onward.
Ever forward. Ever over, into and under."
~ Louise Gallagher, Recover Your Joy

Ever Over, Into and Under

"I [pray] ... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one."
~ John 17:20-23 (NKJV)

I'd never been part of a big church. It didn't even occur to me that I'd want to. Two years ago this month, the Lord blessed our family extraordinarily when He brought us to experience small church love in a fairly large church (around 500 people gather on Sunday mornings).

Among dozens of things I love about my church is that Sunday worship feels like a taste of heaven. The semi-circle layout enables us to see one another. Praise and worship are given prominence and excellence from orchestra, choir and praise leaders.

The Lord is exalted.

And if I close my eyes during certain songs, I can imagine I'm in Heaven singing with the hosts of angels. Because this is what Heaven will be like: a river of love flowing through people connected to one another through the blood of Jesus, united to our God, Him in us and us in Him, in glorified bodies, hearts beating together with one pulse in songs of praise, "ever over, into and under."

See you there—whether you're part of those I see today, or those I see on that Day.

Almighty God, Lord of Heaven and Earth, You are high and lifted up above all Your creation. May it be our highest privilege, greatest pleasure, and deepest passion to bring all wisdom and majesty and power and glory unto Your holy name—in this age, and for all eternity. Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord! Come soon!

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  1. Indeed come quickly. Lost a precious friend today.

  2. I wonder what it'll be like when we worship God face to face! I believe no words could ever describe the feeling! Sometimes even on earth, I have speechless feeling in worship, what's more in heaven!

    Tks Anne, for putting up the photo of worship in Malaysia! I love my country and pray the Lord will grant more souls saved!

  3. T. Anne, I'm sorry for your loss. I hope this is a friend I can look forward to one day meeting. I pray that the Lord gives comfort which is greater than your sorrow.

    Bible Love, I don't think I knew that you were from Malaysia. I trust this image blesses you, as it does me to think of worshiping with them and with you in the not-so-distant future.

  4. May everyone, everywhere lift Him up.

  5. Denise, I know of no one who lifts Him up more often on her blogs than you. You bless me ... and Him!


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