Wow. That is the only word that I know to describe today. Today was a wonderful day of worship at Apex Baptist Church. My favorite memories include:
The excitement was thru the roof!!! There was an overwhelming buzz all around the church today. It was thrilling to see so many new friends and reconnect with many of the Pastor Search Team members. The enthusiasm in the room was contagious. I got to visit with each Sr Adult Life Group and was blessed by their encouragement, excitement and support. The children who came up before and after each service to say hello were a lot of fun. They were giddy to meet their new pastor and it was an honor to meet them and encourage them in their walk with Christ.
The Guest Reception was a huge hit. I got to meet many families who worshiped at Apex Baptist for the first time today. My wife, Brigitte, and I were able to meet them and encourage them to get connected into a lifegroup. I hope many of our guests will join us at the Discover Apex class this Wednesday. I am very thankful for the volunteers who jumped in to help us show the love of Christ to our guests in the Guest Reception.
The Response Time was remarkable. It was amazing to see so many people respond to step out and be used of God. In the second service, singing “Mighty to Save” after our prayer time was a memory I will carry with me for a long time. It was strong! It was believable! It was full of passion and energy. I had a front row seat to watch the congregation worship. It was very cool.
Finally, Brigitte and I spent a couple hours tonight reading cards from over 100 church members. Each family had taken time to share a little bit about their family, give up a picture, and offer suggestions for everything from places to eat to good family doctors. One 11 year old girl even told me she wanted to marry Justin Bieber. The cards are going to be posted in our home office so that we can pray over each family in the days to come.
It was a great first Sunday at Apex Baptist!
It is a privilege to be your Pastor!