This morning I awoke with great expectations. Yesterday was a very good day in so many areas even though it was far from perfect. My great expectations are based on what I am seeing and experiencing of a tangible move of God in my life and our church. It is exciting, somewhat frightening, and anything but boring. So my musings from yesterday include …
-Sunday mornings are much easier when I feel very prepared for the sermon before the day starts. This is no sudden revelation, nor is it a surprise on any level. It is just that yesterday was one of those mornings (they don’t happen every week for me) where I began the day feeling ready to roll.
-The above observation being true does not insure that there will be no glitches in the message. I skipped over a part of the sermon and didn’t know it until someone who wanted to fill in their blanks (I offer an outline of each message with fill in the blanks for those who want to do that) asked what should go in those spaces. I couldn’t believe I did that until I looked back at my notes realized that I jumped right over that part.
-I was reminded to pay better attention to facial expressions of the congregation while I am preaching, especially those of my wife. Because when I skipped the above mentioned line I noticed that my wife had a quizzical look on her face. When I saw that look I began to wonder if I had said something wrong. Mind you I was doing this wondering while I continued to preach, it happens more often that I prefer to admit.
-In spite of my skipping a line, the congregation did seem very engaged during the whole service and the sermon.
-We had some sound issues, but we have sound issues most weeks. It is not the fault of anyone, we just really need a different sound system. As in the whole system. Hoping to make some progress on this soon.
-Attendance was good, not great, but good.
-Our small group was great again last night. It is so fun to be a part of this group. It is great to hear and see them digging and attempting to apply God’s word to their everyday lives. I love their openness and vulnerability.
-I am sensing a growing attitude of expectation in our church. I love seeing that in the congregation.
-I am really excited to see what is going to happen in me, our church and beyond as we begin this new study on prayer.
-I dropped my phone in the toilet on Saturday and it shut down. I have had it in rice ever since and it still has not come back to life. I am realizing that I use my phone for many things and I am very concerned that there are several people wondering why I haven’t responded to them.
-Last night it hit me that I could be in trouble with my schedule this week since I keep my schedule on the calendar app of my phone.
With all of these things, including the not so good things, I am very expectant that this is going to be a great week. I also believe we are on the edge of some very exciting things taking place in the life of our church. This is a great feeling. Are you excited this morning? Here’s hoping you have some great expectations as you begin this new week.