My church is not a building
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I went to my first church service since Last Mondays F1 tornado hit my church 11 miles away from my house in Muscatine Iowa. No one can enter the church because its walls are not on its foundation. The walls are unstable because of this. We had a service outside in a huge tent the church rented until we can get back in a building. The sign outside was our church is not a building. The sermon was on psalm 46. The pastor joked at the beginning of the service that he hoped we appreciated the new air conditioning system which was a cool breeze blowing through the tent. We sang a older hymn A mighty fortress is our God along with the newer ones we usually sing. The pastor said our church is alive and healthy even though our building is not safe and needs a years worth of work. It was true. The service was beautiful and moving. I cried and felt blessed to be there. We had low census at the hospital so I got today off. I went to church without knowing how bad the damage to the church was. 4 people were in the church when the tornado struck last Monday. No one was hurt. A nearby car dealership wasn't as fortunate a 65 year old man just months away from retirement died. We prayed for his widow. I felt Gods presence at church stronger then I ever have! Praise the Lord in all circumstances.