1000+ Balloons – It Was Awesome!

Today was such a great celebration at Grace Fellowship.  As we walked into the atrium, there were over 1000 helium balloons – red and yellow, black and white, and brown.  They represented the people who have made a commitment to Jesus Christ at GFC in the past 5 years,  including those who were being baptized today.  It was awesome!

We had two packed out services and baptized 32 people.  It was awesome!  (I say that a lot – but the truth is: “It was awesome!”)  We had a great day of worship, and I thought again of how the angels in heaven celebrate when one person repents and trusts Christ.  I haven’t seen the Welcome Slips yet, so I don’t know who or how many people trusted Christ in our services today, but I do know another child prayed to receive Christ in the Power Zone!  Pastor Jeremy told me about this after the 11:00 am service.  By the way:  It was awesome!

I hope today was awesome for you too!  You and I are called to make disciples (followers of Christ) individually and cooperately as a church.  I want to remind you that if you serve in any capacity at GFC, you had a part in the salvation of those who have trusted Christ and those who were baptized today.  Whether you park cars, change diapers, lead or host a small group, work with children in Small World or Power Zone, strive to impact students in our student ministry, stuff programs, help with our bi-lingual service, greet, sing, play an instrument, help usher people or with special events, run lights or sound, help with props or videos, pray, give faithfully, invite, etc etc —- you had a part in helping these people come to faith in Christ.  If you serve, you ought to be able to say with me:  “It was awesome!”

And some additional icing on the cake for me and Janet was getting to see some longtime friends from San Angelo who surprised us by attending the 9:30 service.  Bob and Rachel Beaver are two devoted followers of Christ who have been our friends for over 32 years.  It was great to see them; they loved worshipping with us today.   It was awesome!

What a celebration – the 1000+ balloons were such a cool visual – the worship was great – the baptisms were fantastic – and seeing old friends was icing on the cake!  All-in-all —— It Was Awesome!

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to 1000+ Balloons – It Was Awesome!

  1. Paige Nelms says:

    I love that the baptismal is right outside the three year olds window. They all watched and were excited and wanted to know what it was all about and we told them one day they would have Jesus in their heart and get to do that and we all clapped as we watched during the second service. It was awesome!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s