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Stillwaters is the name of my church. It is an on-campus Church in UP Diliman, though it also started in other universities, but not yet thrived. We do not have a "church" or a place to gather per se, but we are a group of Christians made up of students and young professionals. The church basically survives on voluntary students' tithes and the help of our ministry partners (For more info, check this blog). We are currently divided into two housechurches, the Tuesday and Thursday, based on the days we hold our praise and worship services. This is basically made so that a big group may not overwhelm new people, and to keep a personal relationship with each other.
Right now, my housechurch, Thursday, is facing a challenging semester. Our leaders stepped down obediently according to God's prompting, and we, quite honestly I consider "the kids" in terms of age, stepped up. This was very intimidating for us, starting last semester when one of our leaders graduated and we took leadership over the Music team. It was never without the feeling of inadequacy because of the skills we have to develop, but God kept teaching us that He's more concerned with our hearts than with our hands or voices. Now He has given us a greater challenge.
Without a student-preacher, our praise and worship services are put on hold. I believe that this was a heavy blow for us because everyone looks forward to our weekly gathering as a family, and this is when we see how much our church have grown. We revived the fellowships instead, so we can have the opportunity to meet. At first, people probably expected this to make up for the praise and worship services, thus failing to meet our expectations. God also pointed out that the first two fellowships have been too light, in the sense that we are missing the intimacy that we have with Him (fellowships are mostly made up of activities, we called it MaRTY'S standing for "Be Matchless, Be Recognized, Be Transformed, Be Yourself, Be Satisfied". We are covering the gifts of the Holy Spirit). We responded by centering the activities not on bonding, but on reflecting on His peace. On our third fellowship, it was a real blessing to go back to the Real center. I felt like the big circle of friends turned into a big circle of children of God. We celebrated a birthday afterwards! =D
Last Monday, the leaders also had a meeting, redefining and refocusing the objectives and the program flow of the fellowship for the next week. The whole experience was a blessing because instead of being nervous about meeting expectations, we enjoyed ourselves as we gave fresh ideas for our MaRTY'S. Looking forward to the next weeks! The songs are back. =) And one more thing!
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