Yesterday was a day of beautiful weather, a good time of worship, great fellowship, and fun moments of remembering and honoring. As for my musings …
-It was great to speak with my Dad for a few minutes and wish him a happy Father’s Day. He sounded pretty good. My step-sister sent a couple of pictures of him and my step-mom from their time together yesterday. It was great to see the pictures and see that they looked good.
-It was humbling and fun to hear from my kids on Father’s Day.
-Father’s Day, is often a low attendance Sunday, which has always frustrated me. However, yesterday my 9:00 church was up in attendance and my 10:30 church was right at their average.
-We had an outstanding spirit all through the worship service at my 10:30 church. We had a couple of times of meaningful prayer and even had some people who came to the altar during singing to unload some burdens. The service at my 9:00 church went well.
-My 10:30 church a huge Father’s Day breakfast. It was made, decorated and served by the ladies. (The men did the same for the ladies on Mother’s Day.) Many people enjoyed a delicious breakfast and good fellowship. At least that is what I was told and what pictures of the event revealed. It took place while I was at my 9:00 church. I was given a plate of food from the breakfast to have later.
-In the afternoon, I met a family at the cemetery to spread the ashes of a loved one whose funeral I did a couple of months ago.
-Tomorrow I will do a funeral, the 3rd one in 10 days. Only one of them has been someone in my churches. The other two are people in the community who did not have a pastor. After only doing 3 or 4 funerals my first 3 years here, the funeral on Tuesday will be my 7th this year.
-I was encouraged by the discussion, and interactions, that took place this past week in the Fatherhood Class I help teach at the prison. It is great to see growth in some of the men and to observe them prodding one another in their relationships with their children and families.
-I am looking forward to attending some time at our denomination’s General Assembly next week. This is an event that takes place every 4 years. Ministers, missionaries and lay people from all around the world gather for times of worship, celebrating and business. I am always encouraged whenever I can attend. It is a few hours away. We will have the vehicle loaded before church begins. Then we will leave as soon we can after the last amen.
-There are several people in my churches who are facing some very serious physical issues. This week, at least 3 of them, will be undergoing some very serious procedures. Lots of prayer and concern going on.
-Vacation Bible School is less than a month away in my 10:30 church. Decorations, and props, are being built and showing up in the building almost every day. The excitement is building. Praying for changed lives, among the students and the workers.
Here’s hoping you are excited for what God is doing in your life and that your excitement will influence someone else this week.