Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m going to post this early, just in case these words reach anyone who has yet to make up their mind about going to church today. Speaking from my heart, I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather be. Fact is, whatever else is pressing, or looks important, or is occupying your attention – nothing comes close to the sense of connection, the “rightness,” the soul-satisfying completeness of spending that short hour in worship.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that quality of life Jesus offers – “Real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10, The Message), “the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:19) – is essentially dependent on being fully engaged in a vibrant faith community.
I believe (especially in a sparkling, passionate, all-about-Jesus church like ours) that the sense of “electricity,” the “buzz” you feel coming into the sanctuary, is only possible in the context of the community of faith. Here at WFPC there is always a palpable sense of anticipation, first in the CLC at 9:00, and then in the sanctuary at 11:15. It’s not an expectation of entertainment, but a sure knowledge that the reality of God’s presence is not only “in this place” but resident in the hearts of the people too.
Energy like that feeds me; it nourishes me, it strengthens me, and it equips me for the Monday-Saturday to come.
God’s spirit is welcomed, active, and up to something extremely special at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. If you haven’t experienced something like that before, or in a long time, then come join us today! If you live somewhere else, then I recommend that you show up at your local faith community expecting to meet God, to be encouraged, and to be blessed.
There is nothing more wonderful on a Sunday morning that to gather with God’s good people, and to devote an hour to renewal and worship. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are in your faith journey; God will meet you this morning, if only you open your heart.
I’ll see you in church!
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.