The group returned home safely this afternoon after a visit to the Shedd Aquarium this morning. We had an amazing time serving God in Rodgers Park and experiencing many new and exciting things. I want to wrap things up with one final post that shows you the work we completed on Monday along with some pics from Tuesday morning at the Shedd.
"Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38-39
This morning we worshipped at Many People's Church which had quite a different feel than Ridgewood to say the least. 22 people--14 from Ridgewood--gathered in a small room on the second floor of a building a block away from Anthony's Garden. The service began with a congregational prayer where people could share what was on their hearts and prepare for worship. We sat not in pews but in a circle of chairs so that everyone was facing each other. Rev John Hoekwater led us through the morning's sermon text which was Acts 5:17-41. Everyone was invited to share their thoughts about the passage and could answer questions throughout.
"Let us not become weary in doing good..." Galatians 6:9
It is easy to get weary when it is 95 degrees outside and you are working in the sun. We knew that it would be a scorcher today, so we decided to get an early start working in the garden and afterwards we planned to go to the Shedd Aquarium to escape the heat. That was the plan anyways, because as we pulled up to the Shedd, the parking lot attendent told us that it was closing three hours early for a private event. It turns out that you can pay $25,000 to have the whole aquarium to yourself for a few hours. Who knew?
Not everything went as expected today, but that was okay, because God provided us with some new opportunities that were incredibly formative.