As part of phase 3 of the Fruitful Congregations journey, Catherine Turcotte led both of our services in a moving time of reflection, repentance, and re-dedication. Using the portion of Revelation 3 written to the church at Laodicea, Turcotte gave us a word picture to help us understand verse 15. Imagine a long table in our Fellowship Hall. At one end are sweating glasses & pitchers of ice cold water to give refreshment. At the other end are carafes of steaming water and cups to offer healing warmth. In the middle are Dixie cups of tepid tap water. Most people would prefer what is offered at the ends of the table rather than the middle. The church of Christ is called to offer refreshment and healing. After Turcotte's message we entered a time of prayer and reflection; we wrote prayers of repentance on special cards and then came forward and placed the cards in glass bowls of water to symbolize the Living Water of Christ. The cards will dissolve over time and the bits of paper pulp will be fashioned into a bowl by Turcotte, and returned to our church to be a representation of Wakarusa UMC being a vessel for the Lord Jesus as He brings revival to this church and the community. Finally, those who chose to do so could offer themselves in service to God and receive anointing with oil.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! Revelation 3:15