I always love it when church is Church.
Midway Hills, you were Church this weekend. From welcoming and celebrating the folks who have come to proclaim the ordination of Kathy Bouchard into Christian Ministry, to the folks who surrounded the family of Mardy Nispel with love, presence, prayers and words of kindness, to the people who showed up on Sunday to seek the knowledge of God and how it shakes the foundations of what We Know What Is, to those who heard the most beautiful rendition of “God Bless the Child” at Jazz Vespers: thank you, thank you, thank you for being Church. For showing with such grace and joy what it means to walk with a Risen Savior. For celebrating resurrection in the face of new challenges, death and resurrection, and the syncopated beat of the Holy Spirit.
This week, as I’m in the office, I’m running on all cylinders. After worship on Sunday, I’ll be heading to the Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center to co-keynote with the marvelous and amazing Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle for the Central Area (high school) Christian Youth Fellowship Conference. I’ll have a day to do A LOT of laundry after that, and then head to Athens, Texas to Disciples’ Crossing Camp and Retreat Center to counsel the Tri-Area (which includes us) CYF Conference, and then (as of the time of writing) leave camp, drive to the church, throw my dop bag into my next suitcase, and then go on mission with Zane and our incredible high schoolers to Denver. There’s a lot happening. I’m thankful for our leadership–for Bill Barnes leading the Elders, for Gary Springer chairing the board, for Don and Paul and Kathy and Elizabeth and Sheila and everyone else who I haven’t listed who are continuing to breathe life into the congregation and ministries of this church. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Midway Hills Christian Church, the next few weeks are very important in the life of this congregation. We’ll be talking about next steps, we’ll be hearing from our Finance Team and Stewardship Ministries, we’ll be talking as a Board and congregation about what comes next, and every single voice matters. We are a sixty year-old experiment in doing church (and doing Church) right, and please, let’s be honest and gracious with one another in the next few weeks. Because there will be challenges–but the Reign of God is coming. There will be problems–but the Reign of God calls us to solutions. There will be discord (like an F# minor chord on top of an F chord glissando!), but there will be resolution. The Holy Spirit is moving in this place, and it’s exciting and brilliant to see what is blooming.
This week, I’ll be preaching about the second gift of the Holy Spirit: Counsel (right understanding). Do we get what’s being said, and then, if we do, do we know how to talk about it? I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
Shalom y’all, and much love to you,