Posts Tagged ‘normal church life’

Day 7: Reigning over the rain

July 18th, 2011 Categories: blending... 2 comments

Day 7 (Tuesday 28th June 2011)
We started Day 7 by again gathering for breakfast at the Fresno meeting hall, and then it was time to move on out. Our next destination was: Berkeley! The sky got greyer and greyer as we travelled north, till eventually it was pouring down with rain when we arrived at the Berkeley meeting hall. But despite the rain I was so glad to visit, especially as this was one of the places I hadn’t been to before, and because I knew a few sisters from the area who had travelled through Europe in the past few years. I guess you could say the rain made us feel quite at home… just like today! (Torrential downpours in July? What is wrong with the world?) Anyway, if you are from the US, visiting Berkeley is a small preparation for visiting Europe… it even looks a little similar, reminded me of some of the cities up north like Manchester, Liverpool, etc.

Day 4: Adventures in the sand

July 4th, 2011 Categories: blending... Be the first to comment

Here is a quick post before the training starts!

Day 4 (Saturday 25th June 2011)
Day 4 was all about sand! And unlike Day 3’s stars post, I am talking about physical sand here. We started off with a good breakfast with the lovely E family, and then all met up at the G’s for some enjoyment and prayer before heading out for the day’s activities. First on the list… quad-biking on sand dunes near Palm Springs! Now get this – almost all the sisters were up for it, whereas most of the brothers preferred to go straight to the outlet mall! Cue amused roll of the eyes ;)

We had a good time on the quad-bikes, although it did get rather hot out there in the desert! And I’m such a wuss when it comes to driving, so imagine roaming around on uneven sandy surfaces at (for me) high speed! Overall I ‘drove’ safely, made it up to the middle sand dunes, and was considerably stuck only once. It was an experience, anyway!

We joined everyone else at the outlet mall after that, for a short but productive shop around. And then it was onward to Huntington Beach for a BBQ on the beach! We were supposed to have a bonfire, but the saints were unable to find an open bonfire pit. We played baseball/softball/rounders (take your pick as to what it actually was) on the sand, with everyone being happy with a draw as the end result :) That’s the church-life! We had a lot of fun, and I feel like it was the most I have ever exerted myself in a physical sport. But I ached for a day or so afterwards!

Day 3: Shining Stars

July 4th, 2011 Categories: blending..., singing... 4 comments

Day 3 (Friday 24th June 2011)
With our whole group present and correct (the final five had arrived the evening before), we started our day with some singing and enjoyment. This one was a new song for me, and one we enjoyed very much:

Christ is our light, our food, our air;
He’s everything we’ll ever need.
Christ is our drink, our life, our way,
If in our being, He’d be freed.

1. Sisters: You say He’s mighty God.
Brothers: I say He’s man.
Sisters: Son, Spirit, Father all,
All: He’s rich, O so rich, when we call.

2. Brothers: He’s Son of righteousness,
Sisters: Hope, peace, and faith,
Brothers: The Lamb of God is He,
All: So call on Him now, don’t you wait.

3. Sisters: You say He’s Son of God,
Brothers: And Son of Man,
Sisters: Firstborn among the dead,
All: Firstborn of creation, AMEN!

4. Brothers: Our Lord’s the great I AM,
Sisters: The start, the end.
Brothers: Alpha, Omega,
All: Lord Jesus, come quickly, AMEN!

Day 2: We love the church-life!

July 4th, 2011 Categories: blending..., singing... Be the first to comment

Day 2 (Thursday 23rd June 2011)
After yesterday’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 wasn’t over. From there we went to Griffith Park Observatory (from where we saw the Hollywood sign – 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?

Day 0: The Blending Trip Begins!

June 29th, 2011 Categories: blending... Be the first to comment

We are now more than half way through our blending trip, and although I knew I wouldn’t have much time to write while at each destination, I was hoping that I could write en route to each place. However, due to enjoying, fellowshipping, praying, and reading in the vans, coupled with netbook battery limitations, I’ve not been able get much done so far. Needless to say, we are having a great time!

You may be wondering, what is a “blending trip”? Well the Greek word for blending also means adjusted, harmonised, tempered, mingled, and implies the losing of distinctions. The picture we can see described in the Bible is that of many grains of wheat being blended into one loaf, each grain losing its distinctiveness for the producing of the loaf. Similarly, for the building up of the Body of Christ, for the corporate expression of Christ, there is the need of such blending, tempering, and harmonising (1 Corinthians 12:24). Maybe one brother or sister is very fast, and another is very slow. One may be British, and another may be American. But in the Body of Christ, there must be just Christ – Christ is all and in all! (Colossians 3:11)

So, we are on a road trip through California that is more than just a road trip! It is even more than just a church-visitation trip! Yes, we are having a great time, visiting different cities, seeing different sites, and participating in many different activities, but the real purpose of our trip is spiritual in nature. It is for the “blending”! May the Lord blend us more and more with one another and with all the dear saints we are visiting, for the building up of the Body of Christ!

And now… to Day 0 of the blending trip..! Pictures will follow in the next few posts :)