Monday Morning Musings (aka Sunday Afternoon Ramblings, Monday edition)

What an awesome Sunday at Debra Heights Wesleyan Church! Here are a few thoughts about the whole thing.

First, a huge thank you goes to Angela M and Nicole G for the work they did decorating the fellowship hall for our luau. What an awesome job they did! The place looked amazing! The decorations certainly set the mood for the entire day, and what a great mood it was!

Second, I want to thank Tom K and Greg K for serving as greeters. Their job was to welcome guests and dispense leis, and they did it very well. I am still looking for more who would like to join our greeter team. It’s not a terribly difficult job, and we’re going to have some training here, probably March 27.

On to the service itself, I could not have been more pleased with how things went! Adoration is good every week, but they pulled out all the stops yesterday. Their choices for the first worship set were spectacular, and I was so excited as I heard lots of people in the congregation singing with them. And their special during the tithes and offerings time was one of the songs that I listen for every time I’m in the car listening to the radio. Great job, guys (and gals)!

I suppose that I am obligated to compliment Rev. Tim Purcell, district superintendent, on the message he delivered during his first annual visit to our church. But even if I wasn’t obligated, I would compliment him anyway. Certainly, the message of 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 is relevant in every age, but especially in ours, which is changing faster than any other in history. We the church must be willing to do whatever it takes to reach this culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our message must never be compromised, but our methods must always be flexible for maximum effectiveness.

This is something we’ve been trying to do better at DHWC, but I will admit that we have a little ways to go before we are absolutely there. To be honest, when I received the sermon note guide to print, I found myself wondering how we would respond to the message. I was extremely pleased to hear people saying, “Amen,” throughout the message, even to the most difficult, closest hitting points that Rev. Purcell made.

Of course, no comments about yesterday would be complete without mentioning the luau pot-luck. It was so much fun watching people come in, ready for summer! And the faces that lit up as they received leis were priceless. And then there was the food! Amazing! Thank you to everyone who brought something and helped with putting it it out and/or cleaning up! It was going on 3:00 by the time everyone was gone (how cool is that!!!), and everyone was talking about what a wonderful time it was.

The one bummer about the entire day was that we didn’t have a lot of guests to share it with, and a lot of people were talking about the people they had invited that didn’t make it for one reason or another. I was sorry to hear that kind of stuff, BUT it is part of outreach! Remember what Jesus told the disciples to say: shake the dust off and go again! So if you invited guests for yesterday that didn’t show up, invite them again! (Hint: We have another little occasion coming up on April 4! And listen for more information about some more exciting events coming later this spring!)

So, overall, yesterday was just a great time at DHWC. And the fact that the sun and warmth came out for much of the day only made it better!

What an awesome privilege it is to be your pastor and to minister with you. Go and make an impact on our world!

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