On Sunday, August 30, WUMC hosted a “Bless Our Schools” event at Memorial Park. Over 100 people came as our church held a prayer walk, worship service, and a picnic meal for the purpose of blessing and supporting our local schools. By every account it was a success. As I reflect on the event I see many reasons why it came together so well.
1) It was surrounded by prayer. We had a prayer walk that Sunday morning, but the event and schools were surrounded in prayer much longer! Prayer was a key part of the planning meeting. The park itself was “prayer circled.” And when it was raining on Saturday and the weather was iffy on Sunday, prayers were being lifted up! We definitely wanted and needed God to be there and He was.
2) People generously gave of their time, food, materials, and selves. Too many people gave too many things to mention them all, so I’ll focus on what I think was key. Many people gave in the area they are gifted by God. People shared their gifts in areas of hospitality, speaking, and singing and playing music. People with connections to schools were willing to share invitations. The food shared, including the sandwiches and desserts, were amazing!
I think we often overlook the gift of our presence. One person told me afterward she wasn’t going to come, but was glad she changed her mind. I was so glad she came! Corporate events, including worship, celebrations, and blessings are better when people come!!! Each person worshiping, celebrating and blessing makes a difference. It would not have been the success it was if people had stayed home.
3) The purpose was outwardly focused. While we need to take care of each other in the church, the mission of the church is outwardly focused. As is usually the case, when we look to bless others, God blesses us. I felt blessed and proud to be a part of our church. And the biggest reason is because of the efforts of our church to share God’s blessings and love with our community.
If you want to share a thought or highlight a favorite part of the Bless Our Schools event, feel free to share a comment.
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” Oswald Chambers