"" Writer's Wanderings: Sunday Worship Thoughts -Easter in the Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Worship Thoughts -Easter in the Mid-Atlantic

When we booked our cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2, we didn't realize Easter would fall sometime during our crossing the Atlantic on the way to New York from Southampton. It is amazing though how God has supplied. Let me start at the beginning. . .

Our 24 day cruise is the last leg of a World Cruise that began in New York/Southampton depending upon where the World Cruisers began. (Some took the Queen Victoria to NYC). The World Cruise totals 107 days. When it started out, a couple from Scotland felt a call to organize a Christian Fellowship. They convinced staff officers to let them have a room on the ship and put an announcement in our daily program.

They began to meet on all sea days (excepting Sunday when the captain/commodore holds an interdenominational service) at 9:30 in the morning. Their group grew from a handful to more than a dozen. As new passengers boarded for certain segments of the cruise, new people found their way to the group. Others left for home and took with them wonderful friendships that had formed.

Each morning scripture was read and a short lesson or testimony given. Then we would sing and end with saying the Lord's prayer together. Over the 23 days we have been with the group, we have seen it blossom and grow to triple its size. Our small room is bursting at the seams with the newcomers we have picked up for the Transatlantic crossing. Over the time we have spent with the group, we have met Christians from France, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Malaysia, the USA, and probably a few more countries that I didn't realize were represented.

We have heard of all sorts of work that God is doing all over the world. Mission work in the Canary Islands, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to name a few. It has been amazing to listen to the stories. What a blessing.

This morning we will be worshiping together, singing praises, and joining hands in prayer. This is what Jesus did it all for. To bring us together in Him and learn to serve others. What a fellowship! What an Easter morning!

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