Good Folks, it is Friday, September 22, 2017. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)
Just about every Sunday morning when worship begins, after I say, “Good morning Church.” And the church responds in-kind, I say these words from Psalm 118. It acknowledges that we are part of the ongoing creation narrative and the Creator (God) has a purpose for us on this day: to rejoice and be glad. I believe that we cannot limit this text to Sundays only but to every day of our lives. Most mornings, I sit under the patio at the parsonage (thank you Trustees) and watch the birds begin their morning rituals: feeding from the feeder, drinking water from the fountain and seeing the insects start their journey from flower to flower in search of nectar.
God, in his infinite purpose, has given us the church to come together each Sunday morning (10:30am), Wednesday Communion Service in the Chapel (5:00pm), to draw from a deep well of God’s grace, hear God’s Word and hopefully hear a word of hope through Jesus Christ. However, we are not meant to be Christians in isolation but in community. This is where each of us, collectively, become stronger, accountable and part of what God is doing in the community.
Consecration Sunday is a few days away (October 1). It will be a time to prayerfully respond to what has been gracious and generous in our lives. I would encourage you to be present that Sunday morning. It will be a beautiful service. The fellowship meal will be fun and long overdue. The Consecration Team will be providing the entrée, so you are asked to bring the side dishes: salads, desserts, vegetables and your surprise to the group. I am sure that all will be delicious.
This reminds me of another text, O taste and see that the LORD is good…Psalm 34:8a
Folks, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithfulness to the church and its ministries. Your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness makes a difference within the church and outside the church.
We continue to lift up our prayers of support for those affected by the hurricanes. Lives have been shattered and forever changed. However, the waters will recede and the communities will rebuild and folks will help each regain a new normalcy.
I was honored to pray at the Duncanville City Council meeting this last Tuesday evening. Part of my prayer read, “Life is precious and fragile Lord. Many cities have been affected by these recent hurricanes. Help us help them Guide us to be instruments of hope. …”
See you Sunday in church.
Blessings from Duncanville,