Boy, did we have fun Sunday! Eleven young people were confirmed surrounded by a church filled with people. Talk about the great cloud of witnesses! If you haven’t seen the many pictures on Facebook, check them out. It was a rocking good time!
There are many reasons and many people who made that worship service so special. Neveah, in her first public solo, hit the ball out of the park. Jim’s music was, as always, inspirational. The worship leaders and the balcony magicians shared their gifts beautifully. Our youth and children always bring joy to our hearts. I love seeing families coming together in shared support for the confirmands.
But I think that one of the main reasons that it felt like such a filled-to-overflowing day is that the sanctuary was full. Each of us carries within us a spark of the divine. When all those sparks come together in worship, we have a Holy Spirit fire! Conversely, when people are gone for whatever reason, the worship service is just a little bit dimmer and a little less lively. Your presence makes a difference.
I don’t say that to instill guilt. We all need to be gone from time to time, including pastors. (Said the woman who will be gone next weekend to her son’s wedding…) If you are not in worship because you are sick or out of town, heal, come home, and then come back as quickly as possible. We need you. We need your piece of the Spirit!
The summer with all its activities is drawing to an end. Life is getting back to a more structured rhythm. Wednesday community meals start up September 7. The 11:00 Sunday service will start again September 11. Sunday school for children will begin September 18. I invite you to commit yourself to getting back to worship on a regular basis.
And if you are looking for a way to jump start your spiritual life, sign up in the Garden Room for the prayer vigil September 10 and 11. You will have time alone with God in the sanctuary to reconnect and renew that relationship. There will be guidelines for prayer available. That would be a great time to prayerfully consider where you are in your journey of faith and what next step God is asking you to take. What better time and what better place could there be to recommit yourself to God?
Because your presence makes a difference and we need you as much as you need us.
On the journey with you,