By Sudy Fisher, Memphis
On this particular Sunday (the first one in October) God had many blessings waiting for me. First, it was a beautiful fall day with the kind of weather that makes one feel so alive. Next, the men and women from the Eighth Street Mission for Jesus Christ in West Memphis (one of our outreach ministries) were there to worship with us. It is always a joy to have them.
The children are in the service at the beginning, but before the readings, they happily walk, skip, jump, or dance down the aisle carrying a cross and go to children’s church. They put smiles on all our faces.
The most meaningful blessing of the day came as our new Minister to Youth and Families, Cameron Scalera, preached a sermon about handing down the faith to our children and grandchildren. The blessing came toward the end of his sermon as he addressed those of us who have adult children who have turned away from their faith. He encouraged us to let go of guilt and to recognize that even though their faith began with us, it does not end with us. We are to trust Jesus, not give up, and pray ceaselessly. God knew that was what I needed to hear, and I suspect that there are others in our congregation who needed that same message.
The first Sunday of the month is testimony time. Hearing what God is doing in the lives of others encourages and blesses us all.
The liturgy and Eucharist are always meaningful. It is not only a beautiful reminder of our Savior’s sacrifice for us, but it is also a time of confession and renewal.
And, if all of that wasn’t enough, the worship team sang one of my favorite songs, “Days of Elijah.” Truly, there is no god like Jehovah!
Worship at Faith Anglican Church is always joyful, always drawing me closer to Christ. Sometimes it is convicting, calling me to repentance and change. Other times it brings peace, healing, and affirmation. Either way, I leave with renewed hope and trust in our Lord.
The music is such an integral part of our service. It is a wonderful combination of hymns and praise songs that draw our hearts and minds into worship. I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as we sing and lift our hands to the Lord.
The fellowship at Faith is warm and welcoming. No one can come to this church without seeing the love that we have for Christ, for each other, and for our visitors.
We come to church bringing praise and worship for our Lord, and leave with renewed strength to serve Him and with gratitude for our church, our priests, our leadership, and our congregation.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25