I nearly called this post giving testimonies, that is the language of my youth where we were encouraged to tell of things that God had done. For many years in our previous church August bank holiday was testimony sunday where the sermon slot was given over to the congregation to share what God was doing in their lives, in the community, in the world.
This Sunday I have asked some people to speak out of our wonderful Sharing Aloud meeting the other week. I was so encouraged and blessed and learnt more about some of the people there in one night than in the previous four years of being at Hodge Hill Church.
One of the things I like about hearing stories is that they are often a little bit different each time as new insights or thoughts come into our minds as we speak.
I am looking forward to Sunday morning as I get to hear again the passion and the joy that was shared in a small group and hope the wider congregation will be inspired to come along to share aloud too.