August 2017

Little Things from Lisa

“I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.”

This hymn started off as a poem published in November of 1866 by Arabella Katherine Hankey. She was 30 years old when she wrote it and recovering from a long illness.  Hankey is passionate about this story and how it has changed her life.  The poem was later read at a national YMCA convention where its journey to being set to music began.  Today, it is a beloved hymn that expresses the love of sharing the gospel.  And while many of us are familiar with this hymn, even able to sing it by memory, not nearly as many feel moved to actually tell their story.

We’ve spent many weeks on the topic of doubt.  And I believe the feedback I’ve received confirms a great deal more of belief.  As a fellowship, I want to encourage one another with our stories of faith.  How has God impacted your life?  What does being a Christian mean to you?  Why does this church matter in your life?  We need to hear these stories from each other to remind us again of Jesus and his love.

Start thinking about these questions and jot down some thoughts.  You can write out what you’d like to share, or tell it aloud in church, or even be videotaped if you like.  Just don’t keep them to yourself!!  Let this be a time for telling our stories together and affirming our fellowship as believers.  Don’t be shy!

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