I didn't know what to expect but I really wanted to know so I went. Have you ever had that experience in your life? You were invited to an event, party or gathering and you weren't sure if you'd like it or not. You decided to go and then wow you were glad you went. Uncertainty can either keep you from experiencing something new or it can hook your curiosity.
Well during these uncertain times we all need more experiences of "wow; I'm glad I went!" I know I had that experience yesterday in what I believe is the first ever Drive In Worship at JCPC. At 9:30 a.m. many of you were parked in your cars listening to Heidi play the Prelude to worship. I'll be honest with you. Never before has sitting in a parking lot felt so sacred.
A team of greeters made our striped asphalt appear to be like holy grounds. Certainly good news was going to be shared and it had a little of the feel of a summer camp meeting without the tent. A pulpit had been constructed in a fashion that old John Calvin would have been proud. When Gray climbed up into that outdoor pulpit it all shifted away from not knowing what to expect, uncertainty, to the certainty of Presbyterian worship.
I sure am glad I was there! It's now 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and I'm still excited when I think back on our Drive In Worship. Our Solace gathering time shifted to 11:00 a.m. this morning and we discussed our impressions of the worship. Rich Shuler touched our hearts when he said "I felt like I was back home!"
I know many of you miss that feeling of being back home in Sunday worship. Well I'm here to tell you that there's no time like now to come back home and experience the joy of worship and the uplifting fellowship. I hope to see you this coming Sunday, rain or shine, for Drive In Worship at 9:30 a.m. If you catch me on a good day, who knows, I might even reserve you a prime parking spot!