Sunday, September 09, 2007

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What an awesome weekend we had! We walked in the juvenile diabetes walk, enjoyed our time with other families, and most importantly raised money to help find a cure for diabetes.

Sometimes, actually, oftentimes, Joshua and Zachary amaze me.

Catch these pictures... could you hold a python. The best I could do was to touch it. The owner said it eats 3-4 pound rabbits. Yummy!

They also posed with the Super Bowl trophy, but we superimposed the Bears logo on it! Just joking.
Anyway, we had a great time.
Sunday always arrives faster than I can imagine.
I was glad to hear a great deal of positive feedback about today's message, not for my ego's sake, but I want to know that I am striking a chord with people, and touching upon what needs to be discussed.
I preach from my heart, (golly, there's that heart word), but was glad to receive a great deal of positive feedback about the need to guard our heart. It's something we don't often think about, yet, the most important part of our being.
I have a sense that people are relaxed in worship. It was great to have Damon and Ernie getting tongue tied and Ernie poking fun at me. It helps me to feel included, that I belong, and isn't that part of community, a sense of belonging, we all want it. Of course, Joshua coming forward and wanting to be baptized because he believes in Jesus is great, it left me speechless. I'm not sure how I will muddle threw his baptism!!
It was a tiring day, with a tiring week ahead. Meetings this afternoon and on many nights this week are reminders of the work which needs to be accomplished by the whole group. And I believe, firmly believe, we will do the work which is needed, and see the fruits of our labor, because we will be doing it with God first.
It's kind of ironic, as tired as I was this afternoon, I become energized with our group on Sunday night. I feel the freedom to experiment and play, yet to preach and teach God's word. Tonight's focus was Psalm 30 and our need to embrace God's healing in whatever capacity it comes to us, and to know we will have our nights of weeping and mourning, but after that comes celebration and dancing. And for those at the Sunday night worship, I took out the old guitar and danced and jumped on furniture and picked up the boys and Debbie as I played to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gimme Three Steps.
So, it's time to get ready for sleep. Have a great spirit filled, Christ centered week. Pray for our staff meeting and trustees meeting and a worship meeting tomorrow night, and CE on Tuesday night, and Bible Study on Wednesday night.
Next Sunday we will focus on Mark 12:28-34, what does it mean to love?

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