The weather was beautiful, and Tidal Impact got off to a great start! Our team, combined between all three churches, served at Journey Church on Sunday morning. Journey Church has two campuses, about 10 minutes apart in Moncton. So, like NMBC does in during the school year, there were two services. Our team served in the nursery, children's ministry, and in the service. I preached at both locations on Jesus' parable, the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.
While preaching I quoted from Generous Justice, a book by Tim Keller. He wrote: “Jesus taught that a lack of concern for the poor is not a minor lapse, but reveals that something is seriously wrong with one’s spiritual compass, the heart.”
After church and lunch we spent several hours in smaller groups preparing for the week of ministry ahead. Some from our team are helping to lead a VBS at another church about 30 minutes away from Journey. Others are leading Bible study at Harvest House [which is similar to Open Arms in a lot of ways]. Some were preparing crafts for a day at senior's home later in the week and one of our students is sharing his faith story at a senior's home. Those are just a few of the things we're up to this week in Moncton! The preparations are exciting because they point to the busy week of ministry ahead.
In the evening, after a wonderful turkey dinner, we traveled to Moncton Wesleyan Church for the first of the evening worship services that are a part of #ti2015 Worship is led this week by a band from Newfoundland called the Informants, and our speaker is Ben Woodman from BC who is one of the two teachers on the Alpha Youth Film Series [which we're launching for the second time this fall at Solid Rock Youth]. It was a fantastic night!