The first was last Friday when I was invited to be a part of the "teacher commissioning service" for Evan's school. I was very humbled to even be a part of such a thing. The real highlight was when an area pastor friend of mine led a communion service for all present. It was hugely touching to be a part of something involving so many people who have heard and answered God's call to equip and inspire the new generation of Christ-centered leaders. We ended in a couple of praise songs (both of which I unfortunately struggled with the words on ... I think I have written before that I am horrible at remembering lyrics) and it was really hard for all of us, I think, to leave that moment afterward.
The next incredible experience was this morning at our church's annual "Big House" celebration. This is the Sunday where we spill out onto the street for fun, food, and fellowship. The high point for me, though, was when we had a praise and worship service in the sanctuary. The band was really rocking and they counted that we had 597 people in our sanctuary -- a huge standing room only crowd. How awesome it would be if all of those people are back next week ... and the next ... and the next ... and the next.
Lisa, Evan and I went up to the balcony for the service ... I have sometimes wondered about the structural integrity of our old church's balcony but this morning proved that it can handle a full and rocking house. (Just don't look too closely at the big cracks in the wall as you come downstairs.)
In any event, what a wonderful couple of experiences to bask in as we start the new week!