Sunday Afternoon Ramblings (a day late)

First off, my apologies for being late this week. After the service, we entertained the Wiest family for lunch, and then time got away from me. Before I knew it, it was time for small group!

That said, I thought yesterday went very well. The new projector was a welcome improvement, and the flexibility that it will afford in coming days will dramatically augment the worship experience. Special thanks to Jerry Aalbers for installing the mount and running all the necessary cabling last week!

It was unfortunate that both the men in Adoration were unable to attend, but the ladies did a wonderful job as usual. I remember singing “This Is the Day” as a kid, and it was always one of my favorites. Next time, we’ll have to try some clapping to go with it! I am continuously amazed by the dynamic that the team brings to the service.

Further, I was blessed by Rev. Jon Wiest’s message. It was interesting to hear the reasoning behind the name choice for Radiant Church, our new church to be planted in the Pleasant Hill area. And it was encouraging to hear his desire to see and know the full glory of God. Truly, this should be all of our desire and design. It is our job to reflect God to the rest of the world.

I was also pleased with our response to the church planting challenge. We received a tremendous number of response cards back indicating wonderful prayer support. A number also stepped up to give financially, both through one-time commitments and ongoing monthly support. We even had one couple indicate a willingness to help out with the church plant. The next thing on the church planting calendar will be October 17, when Radiant will conduct its first canvas of the target area. I would encourage you to consider joining that effort!

One thing that I will note, again, is the greeting time. As I mentioned last week, this continues to concern me. Fellowship is an obvious and integral part of the body of believers, but I think we have a tendency to get carried away. The worship service is not primarily about fellowship, but God. We must discipline ourselves to keep the focus on Him, and when we spend five, ten, or more minutes wandering around the sanctuary greeting each other in the middle of a worship set, we’re clearly not doing so. The church is open no later than 8:30 am on most Sundays, and it doesn’t close until the last person chooses to leave. If you want to shake everyone‘s hand, I would recommend coming early and/or staying late.

So, here’s what’s on the docket for the next couple of weeks. Pastor Sharon speaks this coming Sunday, 20 September. (She was scheduled to speak last Sunday, 7 September, but decided to get sick instead.) And then, after that, we’re back into 1 Samuel to see the rise of King David and more. I’m excited about that because there are a number of things that we’ll see in the rise of a normal, ordinary guy into a powerful king and, more importantly, a man after God’s own heart.

Looking out a little farther, the annual LBA retreat will be held in October. Beyond that, it’s time to start thinking about our Harvest Dinner, coming up on 15 November. I’m also going to spend some time this week trying to organize a couple of service projects for us to do as a church. Stay tuned for information about these opportunities to reflect the glory of God to the community around us!

Hey, we serve a great God! He’s doing amazing things in our church, and I believe that He’s preparing to do even more in and through us in the days ahead!


1 Response to “Sunday Afternoon Ramblings (a day late)”

  1. 1 Keith Isley September 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Good stuff here. Thanks for the update. šŸ™‚

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