This morning began by attending both church services (9:30 and 11:30) at church with team Woodlands sharing two songs during services- one French song (Dieu, Ma Prioritè) as well as How Great is Our God. We finished that song with the chorus in French and it as a delight to have the church join us in singing. What a joy and glimpse of heaven to worship at a church with 29 nations represented! It was also pretty sweet to recognize some songs melodies but sung in French.
second service was so full that about a dozen people did not have seats and stood at the back. Our team living out of "4th place" gladly left their seats so others could sit. Way to go team!!
After another wonderful French lunch, Pastor Manu spoke to us about the history of the Church in France as well as the history of the church we are serving.
As he spoke, two things stood out to me (Doug) - in churches we must remember
1: that small churches are not necessarily more mature, nor are bigger churches spiritually shallow.
2. Churches need to invest in the youth of their churches not just in teaching, but involving them in ministry. They are not simply the church of tomorrow, but they are the church of today; uniquely positioned to share. their faith with their peers and minister to the church Body today.
Afterward went spent our sabbath day visiting the Parc Floral de Paris and the Chateaux Vicennes.
We opted to eat dinner at a local cafe and some were brave enough to try escargot thanks to an order by Jason.
With full stomachs and fuller hearts we look forward to diving into construction tomorrow
Grace and peace to you all...