Marcus is at the School of Worship at Bethel Church, Redding CA. Here’s his first update.
Travelling from Harborne, Birmingham to Redding, California took a lot longer than I had expected! I guess I should have thought it through a little more thoroughly.
On the away here, my heart was aching as I recalled saying goodbye to my family for 2 weeks. I was reminded of my journey to Birmingham from Jersey, as Nic and I attempted to discern- where is God leading us next, what is he doing? It’s always a journey with God.
On the way here, my recurring song was ‘Lord you have my heart, and I will search for yours.’ and the further I travelled, the further I felt I was reaching out to him. I found him immediately as the conference started in worship. I love singing, but found myself unable to make a sound for about 1hr due to the overwhelming sense of the lord in the room, the touch of his holy spirit upon me.
This place is truly remarkable. The sun shines all the time, the heat is high, but most importantly, God is doing a wonderful refreshing, releasing and reviving work with his people.
Why did I have to come all this way to meet him like this? I don’t know, but I’m glad I did and plan to come back with my family at some point to be further refreshed in him.
I’m 4 days into a 2 week conference, but already I can’t wait to come home and see God revealing his glory in new measure at St John’s.
One of the things that has struck me about this place, is that they really do expect intimacy with God when they gather together to seek him- worship is no longer a one way conversation. And, for me, intimacy with Jesus is the starting point and the end goal. Without the close connection with Him, everything else is meaningless, shallow religion.
So, watch out St John’s. Intimacy with the Lord is on the way, to depths and lengths of which we have never known before.
’til the next time….