Yesterday was a very fun and encouraging day, at least most of it was encouraging. Yesterday I heard from 4 people from a couple of different churches I used to pastor. They gave encouraging words and reminders of great times. As for my musings …
-The elementary children of my 10:30 church helped us in worship by leading one of our songs. I am singing the song as I type this and picturing the motions. Loved their energy. I may, or may not, be doing the motions in my office right now.
-I am going to a church planting training conference this week. I went to one part of it last year and this year will complete the other half. We are praying about starting something in a couple of areas near us.
-My 10:30 church did something each Sunday this month for us and my Associate and his wife for Pastor Appreciation. Then they also had a carry-in meal as part of the celebration. I am so humbled by all these expressions of appreciation. I am a very fortunate pastor with the people I am blessed to serve.
-Had a very good time of prayer yesterday morning. That always helps the sermon get better.
-I looked around yesterday during worship at my 9:00 and 10:30 churches and was struck by how many people have been going through some trying circumstances recently. I also thought through times of praying for them and in some cases praying with them. I was struck by their perseverance.
-Yesterday we examined the connection between faith and hope.
-Attendance was down a little at both churches yesterday.
-And my fantasy team lost yesterday. The playoffs are looking like “wait until next year”. On a positive note the Cubs stayed alive in the World Series by winning last night.
-I am encouraged by what I am being told of people inviting neighbors and friends to church and some of these invitations are creating great conversations.
-Feeling an almost overwhelming burden to see more people live out the faith they claim. This burden has been driving my prayer times recently.
-Yesterday afternoon I participated in an Installation Service in a church in a neighboring town. I was on both the receiving and giving end of the installation. I recently agreed to oversee/lead a 3rd church. That church will have a “campus pastor” that I will mentor and oversee. It was a real honor to pray over and officially install the campus pastor. We can’t keep doing things the way we have always done them. It is time to get creative in our organization and in our ministries to reach our world for Christ. I have rarely shied away from trying something new. After all, I can rest when my time here on earth is done.
Here’s hoping that you see the new thing God is doing in your life and embrace the change.