Our church assembly (I don't so much like the words 'meeting' or 'service') today was wonderful. Here's why:
We prayed for a mission family. We often do this, but today was different.
First a sketch of their work and circumstances, then we were all invited in a 1 minute period of silence to each pray silently for them. The president then did a summary open prayer.
That was good.
The sermon was given by one of our 'at home right now' other missionaries.
She spoke to the temptation passage in Luke's gospel. During this she referred to the OT passages that Yeshua recited to rebut Satan.
She had us all read them together, out loud. The participation was really nice.
For the first time in a long time the assembly felt good, I felt part of a body of the faithful.