Day 2: We love the church-life!
Day 2 (Thursday 23rd June 2011)
After yesterdayâ€™s UCLA day (University of California Los Angeles), day 2 was a USC day (University of Southern California), another university in LA. We met some of the USC Christians on Campus students who gave us a tour of campus, had lunch nearby, and then went to the science centre and watched the IMAX 3D show about the Hubble Space Telescope. It was fascinating to fly into the midst of the stars and the galaxies, and really gave me an appreciation of the vastness of the universe and the immeasurable dimensions of Christ. Awesome.
Our space education wasnâ€™t over. From there we went to Griffith Park Observatory (from where we saw the Hollywood sign â€“ my first time to see it despite visiting LA on previous occasions!) and went to the Planetarium show. Wow, talk about Truth Questions, the narrator brought up the following questions:
- What is man?
- Why are we here?
- What is the earth for?
- And why does it matter?
What do you think?
Of course, the answers given by the narrator were somewhat limited to the realm of the natural and physical world. An interesting perspective, but the end result was that I was brought back to God and His eternal purpose as the answer to all these questions and as the mystery of the universe.
After all that, a sister we met last summer at the Poland Camp brought R and I to visit the USC sistersâ€™ house, and from there we went to join all the other saints at the brothersâ€™ house for a love feast. Wonderful food, we took our group photo (although were missing two of our group!) and had a very enjoyable singing time with the Christians on Campus students from both USC and UCLA. We even learnt a few extra words (the ones in italics!) to one of the songs:
1. Some, these days, would tell us that our Jesus is not food, (say what?!)
That we only need to know about Him and do good, (I donâ€™t think so!)
But we’re glad to tell you brothers, it’s just not that wayâ€”
Jesus is the bread of life; we eat Him every day.
We love the church life, eating, drinking, breathing Jesus.
We love the church life, taking in God’s Word.
We love to hear those “O Lord, Amen, Hallelujahs!”
We love the church life, feasting with the Lord.
2. When He fills our inward parts, we’re never quite the same,
So much richness we can taste by calling on His name.
“Services” but once a week for us will never do.
Every day we need the fellowship to take us through.
3. If these latter days and situations of the world
Make you feel that round a vicious circle you are swirled,
Then please listen closely to the things we have to say;
It may be that you will find with us a better way.
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blending trip, Christians on Campus, normal church life, singing with grace, visiting, what do you think?