Still electrified from the afternoon Missions Rally, the Alliance family continued the celebration with a vibrant Saturday evening worship service. The room was filled with the presence of God as we entered into a time of praise to Him.
Johnathan Schaeffer, pastor of Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, reminded us that we can rest in God: “We are going to trust Him to do great things!”
The Grace Worship Team invited us into exaltation, shouting “Hosanna” and praising God for setting us free.
Gary Benedict prays for John Stumbo and the Board of Directors
Former C&MA president, Gary Benedict, prayed over John Stumbo and his newly elected Board of Directors, asking for God to continue the work He started. Gary prayed that the Board would live in unity with each other because “where God’s people dwell in unity, He pours out His blessing.”
The parable of the prodigal son was read in English, Spanish, Korean, and American Sign Language, and participants of Take-a-Break, the disability ministry at Grace Church, danced on stage while playing instruments.
After much rejoicing, Ty King led a responsive prayer of thanksgiving, saying, “We will lift up our hands in worship for Your faithful love endures forever!”
Ron and Wanda Walborn led in prayer for the prodigals in our lives, inviting us to “call forth what is not as though it were.” The audience wrote names on cards as the worship team sang “Come Alive.”
Many families wrote the names of loved ones currently not walking with Jesus
Johnathan asked us to pray for the prodigals, as mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters lifted their papers in the air. “God knows where they are, and He sees them,” he said.
A group read a list of who we are in Christ: chosen, forgiven, redeemed, complete.
Johnathan concluded with a benediction: “May you go with great hope, confidence, and faith.”