Sunday Afternoon Ramblings

Well, here we are, and the first Sunday of 2010 is already behind us! How crazy is that! Here are some thoughts about our service today.

First, I want to say thanks to Donna A and Brian K. They came this week and cleaned the church. Thanks, also, go to Ray E for helping out in the nursery this morning. And of course, a huge thank you to Sandy H, who commuted all the way from Los Angeles, California, to play the piano for us this morning! Well, okay, she didn’t come just to play the piano, but we appreciate her willingness to help us out today.

Speaking of Sandy playing piano, this was necessitated by the fact that Nicole stayed home today with Rebekah, who was vomiting overnight. For those who are interested, she has been feeling generally better this afternoon, but she is still not 100%. Please pray that Nicole, Drew and I don’t get the same bug!

With Nicole missing in action, Adoration was unable to lead worship for the first time since April. I must admit that I missed them! I look forward to seeing them back in action this coming Sunday.

This morning, we concluded the series that I had titled “Advent of Hope” with a message about how Jesus dealt with the loss of his relative, friend, and forerunner, John the Baptist. As I said this morning, John’s death affected Jesus profoundly, and He wanted nothing more than to be alone. Yet He rallied the strength to minister when the crowd showed up in the region of Bethsaida, and 5,000 men, plus women and children, were fed as a result. The lessons which we took from this account culminated in the realization that, even when we’ve suffered loss, God can and will still use us to make an impact on the people around us. And if we will let Him use us and whatever little we have left in our time of loss, He will make sure to re-fill us to the point where we are not only satisfied, but overflowing. You can check out the full sermon outline and notes at http://www.debraheightswesleyan.org/cgi-bin/molded4/template.cgi?m=sermons&s=5.

If you were paying attention to that link, you may have noticed the domain name. This week, we are officially launching a new church website. There are still a few areas of content that aren’t up yet, but it will be in the next few days. I would encourage you to check out the new site and let us know what you think. We’ve tried to assemble a number of different resources, including sermon notes, news, upcoming events, and a photo gallery. You’ll also find a growing collection of resources about relevant subjects. And you’ll find it all at http://www.debraheightswesleyan.org.

As we stand at the outset of 2010, I want to take a moment to thank you for a tremendous 2009. It is truly a wonderful blessing to be able to serve Debra Heights Wesleyan, and I want you to know that God has amazing plans for us in the new year. Go and make a difference because Jesus made a difference in you!

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1 Response to “Sunday Afternoon Ramblings”


  1. 1 Keith Isley January 4, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I was so touched by Sandy’s willingness to play for us today! It really made a difference for me – I think because she was so willing to serve at short notice. It gave the service a special feel, in my opinion.

    I also appreciated the way you framed the feeding of the five thousand. I had never thought of it in terms of Jesus’ grief at the loss of John the Baptist. It opened up some new insights for me.


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