Mercy Seat Sessions
As a child growing up at my church I thought it was quite natural to go to the Mercy Seat and talk with God. I can remember the excitement I felt when I prayed at the altar. My heart raced; I could hardly catch my breath as I walked back to my seat after praying at that sacred place. I can't remember what I prayed in those early memories but I know that afterwards I felt good. I felt better. As I grew older I began to realize that those who went forward to pray were going because they wanted something to happen. They were compelled to apologize, to sacrifice, to grow, to commit. I remember seeing one retired pastor go forward each Sunday, get down on one knee and put his hand on the Holiness Table. He seemed desperate for something. (I thought he was crazy). When I was a child I was comfortable at the Mercy Seat but when I grew older-and came to a realization of my sins-I began to pity others who went forward to pray. And so I sat in my pew with my other adolescent friends, hands folded and head bowed, peeking through my eyelids at all the sinners who assumed the penitent form. I judged them and in doing so, avoided judging myself. However, as a teenager there were many times when I was so moved by the Holy Spirit that I felt compelled to bring my convictions to the Mercy Seat. I often cried and prayed with friends and hoped that I would be free from whatever was ruling me at the time. I was earnest in my faith and knew that God was giving me a space and opportunity to truly be honest and vulnerable in a unique way. And that space was often found between the platform and the first pew. The Mercy Seat is a place where souls are won, commitments are made, new life is claimed and mission is fueled. It can be manifested in many ways; as an altar in a church or a drum in a park. It's purpose is always the same. It is there to remind us and give us a place to respond to God's reconciling and redeeming presence. I want to be a part of a Church that believes in the Mercy Seat and aches with urgency to win the world for Jesus. A Body whose members know the beauty of humbling themselves before God, who get their knees dirty and have clean souls. I want to be the kind of Christian who is desperate for sanctification and clings to the pursuit of Holiness. With this in mind, The Singing Company presents The Mercy Seat Sessions...