"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1
Today, we suspended our business for a time while we met with the diaconal summit and listened to a presentation on mercy ministry by Philip Ryken. While interesting, my heart was better warmed by the singing of the men. Church singing by men often becomes pro forma. It doesn't seem masculine to sing. We have wandered far from our ancestors who would encourage themselves in battle with their loud war songs. How wonderful it was to hear our voices combined in a Christian war song, "Lead on O King Eternal!" "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Against God's army, singing their war song, following in the van of the King, none shall withstand the advance of the Lord of hosts.
Reconvening, we took up the first lengthy debate of the assembly in the form of three complaints taken as a whole. While the process of appeal threatens to turn acrimonious, the collegiality and brotherhood between the members was a joy to see. The debate reflected the diverse opinions and concerns of the delegates, at times passionate. However, the evident cooperation, even between the opposing parties led to a helpful and fruitful discussion and conclusion. While many found their position denied by the majority, the decision did not hamper our friendship or fellowship. Having concluded that part of our agenda, we wrapped up the day with some housekeeping and stacking chairs in preparation for the Lord's Day.
Stay tuned for GA Day Four on Monday!