Last weekend, 3 Emmanuelites went on a short flight across the Irish Sea to attend Mandate 2007 in Belfast. This is the biggest gathering of Christian men in Europe! It's a (long) day's conference with worship led by Robin Mark, a main speaker, a seminar slot in the afternoon, and a bit of entertainment in the form of an escapologist.
The worship was pretty inspiring - it's not often you hear 4000 men singing songs together. Well, I suppose it is quite often if you count football, but they're not usually quite as Christian as these songs. We'll see which ones we can work in over the coming few weeks in our services...
The main speaker who had an Irish name, Erwin McManus, actually comes from El Salvador via the USA. The main thing I learnt from the whole thing was to just get on and obey God in the things we already know we should be doing and not to worry to much about getting it just right - it's much better to obey and be a bit awkward and just to let God do his stuff. And the examples of the sort of stuff God has done are pretty awesome.
If you want to know more, then speak to me at the service next Sunday - I'll be there this time. After all, I am meant to be leading it.