Wednesday: Today I’m flying to Chicago, to minister in the midweek service of Salem Baptist Church (sbcoc.org). Today they are starting a 4-week Wednesday series on worship, and they’ve asked me to be part of this series. This will be my first time with them. I saw in their online banner that they put the title “Exploring Worship” on my session. I saw somewhere the claim that they are the largest African American congregation in Illinois. Already I can tell I’m going to have a marvelous time tonight!
Thursday morning: Greetings from the 25th floor of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. I have a stunning view of the downtown area from my window. The tops of the buildings are hidden this morning in the clouds, it’s raining.
Last night’s meeting at Salem Baptist was special for me. It was my first to meet Walter Owens in person, the worship director at this amazing church. For their Wednesday worship series, Walter decided to invite me to come for the first in the series. I spent all day Tuesday in preparation, and just wrestled all day to find clarity. I went into the pulpit feeling like I never did find full clarity, so I was leaning hard on the Lord. The Lord seemed to step in and help me during the time of delivery. In the end, there was much appreciation expressed for the message on the cross and the blood of Jesus. After the closing I did a book signing, and a lot of folks lined up for that. I would guess they had 450-500 people, which is a pretty strong attendance these days for a Wednesday midweek service. The Lord has led them to construct a massive facility in one of Chicago’s most needy areas. May the Lord enable them with wisdom and strategies to glean the harvest in Chicago.