“My dad is a great man of God serving in a small town. Small towns deserve great churches.”
These words were spoken to me by a young man I met after an intimate night of worship at a coffee house in Danbury, CT. He grew up in rural Canada writing songs for his dad’s little church and now he was on one of the worship teams of Hillsong in New York City.
God is worshipped and served by passionate followers in all types of churches and as an itinerant evangelist I have been blessed this summer to witness this first hand as I’ve traveled through the Anglican Diocese in New England teaching, preaching and encouraging the saints.
On one of these Sundays I was with the Church of the Resurrection on Cape Cod in Brewster. After the service I was able to spend time with those leading the mission and outreach to offer encouragement, suggestions and prayer.
There is growing excitement in the parish as they gear up for an outdoor concert of “Sacred Music” on the town green. They were allowed to hold the event on town space but were asked not to actively evangelize by either preaching or distributing literature. Thankfully God is great at getting around red tape! We spoke about the need of prayer and fasting before the event, of the power in the act of worshipping God trough music, and strategically placing people throughout the event to pray and bless, smiling and greeting and welcoming the community. They had arraigned local Brass Gospel band was going to kick off the night with a flash mob playing “when the Saints go Marching in”. I can imagine folks spontaneously singing and clapping, can’t you? Jesus said that if you try to stop his praise the rocks will sing and even New Englanders will join in the chorus.
Pray for these saints in this little hamlet who are doing their best to share the message of God’s love. Pray they continue to listen to their town and hear where God is moving. Pray that they may be encouraged as they serve. Pray God would send more people of peace to help them move about freely. Pray for those who might oppose their work that the scales would fall and they would see Jesus. Bless these saints and their faithfulness!
Rev. Bryan Bywater
Church Army USA, Evangelist