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Creative Tuesdays – PICNIC

Creative Tuesdays – PICNIC

Watercolour - Janis Cox 2015

Watercolour – Janis Cox 2015

My prompt from Creative Tuesdays this time is “picnic”. We had such a wonderful time at our Sizzlin’ Summer Service 8 in our park in Haliburton on Sunday that I had to paint it. We didn’t actually have a big picnic basket but we did have a small cooler for our two grandchildren. And grandma and grandpa didn’t sit in this position. Grandpa and daddy sat up on the hill in their blue chairs. My daughter and our two little ones sat on a blanket with the snacks. But they did munch their way through the music, the prayers, and the message.

There were over 300 people attending a joint church service put on by our ministerial. Great message about unity and how to be disciples of love to everyone.

The service is always a reminder of what all Christians should be thinking about and acting – unity and love. Read from The Message below:

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Colossians 3:16-17, The Message, my bolding emphasis).

We sang tremendous songs – They know We are Christians by Our Love, The Twenty-Third Psalm, It is Well with My soul, Shine Jesus Shine.

And a wonderful song by Rend Collective:

My Lighthouse

And of course Robin Mark – Fly CCLI Song #6098290:

Fly – new song by Robin Mark

And a new one for us by Graham Kendrick CCLI Song #738261:

Heaven is in My Heart

I hope you enjoy a listen to these wonderful worship songs. I am still singing them from Sunday!! Oh Oh ..Do you like these?


Having a picnic together as we worship the Lord together. (click to tweet)

Don’t forget to drop over to see other artistic versions of the word “picnic”.


Have you Made a Place for God in Your Life?

Elisha Raises the Shunammite's Son

The boy lives.

Sermon by Doug Ross

Our ministerial for Haliburton held its 5th Sizzling Summer Service in the park – but this year we held it inside a church. Yes we had rain. And we were very grateful for the rain. No one complained when we met together – crowded, happy and joyful. Our churches joined together to praise and worship God.

With a wonderful band, our good singing and lots of worshippers we made a “joyful noise onto the Lord”.

Doug Ross from the Gospel Lighthouse gave the sermon. He is a new pastor to Haliburton and started by praising the ministerial for being “of one accord” and acting like the Acts 2 church. He said it was nice to see leaders putting aside “doctrinal statements and being hungry for God!”.

He based his sermon on a story from 2 Kings 4:8-37 – The story of Elisha meeting the Shunammite woman.

This woman was hungry for God. She even built a special room for Elisha so he would always stay with her when he visited the area. Elisha blessed her thoughtfulness with a son. But the son later died. The woman went to Elisha and told him he had to make the trip back to her house to save her son. “You must come with me,” she said. Elisha lay on the boy and he revived.

She had built a “place for God” in her home. Doug challenged us – Do we have a place for God? Do we look after it? Are you able to say: “It is well with my soul”?

As I spoke about in How Else Can Satan Distract Us?, we are an easily distracted people. I challenge you to make sure you make a place for God in your heart; that you look after that spot; care for it; nurture it; – so you can say those words with great meaning  – IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.