We are THRILLED to announce that our Bishop of the North Texas Conference, Bishop Michael McKee, will be preaching at ACCESS on Sunday, December 4th!! Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss Bishop McKee!
I also want to let you know that I am starting a new Seminary Abridged class next week covering the Letters of Paul. If you have ever wanted to know more about the most prolific New Testament writer, then come join us for this 3 week class, beginning next Thursday, October 6th @6:30pm in the Snack Bar. Register online, in the church office, in the Narthex this Sunday, or just reply to this email!
Finally, I wanted to share with you something that I experienced recently. Last week, I was at a retreat for all of the ordination residents. We were at the Prothro Center, which is located on the south shore of Lake Texoma. Here is a picture I took of the cross overlooking the lake:
This was a very beautiful moment for me because it came during the middle of a prayer walk we were asked to do alone. While I certainly don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy nature, especially bodies of water. Water is very sacramental, and it is easy for me to feel God’s presence when I am near a river, lake or ocean. I don’t know why, but there is just something about water that I like.
It’s easy to limit our spiritual lives to the practices we’re comfortable with, and relegate them to the places we inhabit the most frequently. The problem I face is that I get very distracted in familiar places. When I’m at my house or in my office, there are way too many distractions.
I think it’s good to get away, especially if you can make time for God. I felt closer to God near this lake last week than I have in a while. It’s not that God isn’t present in Duncanville, it’s just that sometimes I need to get outside of my familiar surroundings and away from the distractions so that I can hear the still, small voice of God calling out to me.
If you haven’t spent time with God away from your familiar surroundings in a while, I would really encourage you to give it a try. You never know how powerful it can be to simply walk beside a lake and be in the presence of God.
Have a wonderful week my friends,