Nothing that seemed earth-shattering happened in 2015, but it was a year of God teaching and honoring faithfulness in each moment. Just one year before we had gathered for the first Declare event, and had felt God prompt us to continue this event into a growing movement of God's people worshiping Him. We saw this desire become reality in 2015, returning back to the levee in Troy and also holding a night of worship in Vandalia. May we never despise small beginnings! The lessons and humility God taught us during this season were absolutely crucial to prepare us for what He is doing now!
Declare Troy 5.17.15
We returned to the levee for our first repeat event! It was encouraging to be able to see all that God had taught us in just twelve months. The year before we had to stumble through how to do different things--getting power, providing lyrics, etc. This year, we were able to take the things that we had already learned and jump in much more quickly and with far fewer distractions, enabling us to focus that much more on the glory of God and leading others to know and experience Him!
The weather was showing chances of rain in the afternoon, so we were waiting to make the call by 1pm about whether to set up outside or indoors. After praying and checking the weather, we moved forward setting up on the levee. God provided beautiful weather the entire time, and we heard later that it had actually rained in communities just a few miles away from us! God continues to make a way for His people to lift high His praise!
Photo Credit: Emilie Tapscott, Brittany Jackson and Dawn Miller
Declare Vandalia 1.23.15
First Baptist Church
What a powerful night of worship at First Baptist Church in Vandalia! It was exciting to see God begin to grow this movement of bringing God's people from various churches together to declare His glory in another community! We had many who had worshiped with us in Troy come, as well as many others joining in for the first time.
Throughout the evening we highlighted portions from the book of Ephesians, worshiping through song and also being anchored by the Truth of the Word of God. One particularly powerful portion of this evening was singing "In Christ Alone" after reading Eph 2:1-10. "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ..." (Eph 2:4-5a). Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, we find forgiveness from sin and victory over the grave! We prayed that God would use us in the years ahead to bring this message of eternal life to many others, and we praise God that He has been faithful to do just this!