Vacations and retreats are for re-creation, and that’s a very good thing. As you read this article, Arthur is enjoying a week of vacation with friends that will be followed by a week of spiritual retreat with others who are in their early years of ministry. Greg, too, is enjoying vacation time somewhere that I can’t spell but I think is in Mexico. Although we miss their presence, we know that they are “filling back up” in ways that will energize them for the work that will surely be here when they return. In the meantime, Zane and the elders and I are working to keep the ship on course with the help of David Hammons in the office. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.
I’ll be in the pulpit on Sunday. We’ll take time out from a sermon series and the lectionary to focus on what it means to be disciples who form the resurrected Body of Christ (aka Church). I hope to put a new spin on the story of healing of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. I confess that while it’s a sermon for the community that we call Midway Hills, it was originally written for the preaching class that I’m taking this semester. It was due to be preached in class back in February, but a series of snow and ice events, followed by spring break pushed it back a month. By the time I preached it in class, I had rewritten it a number of times. You see, there’s nothing static about Midway Hills. What seemed fresh and new in February was out of date by March . . . and now it’s April and things have changed even more! We have a Vision Team as well as a new group called Believers in Exile that were mere sparks of an idea two months ago. Ours is a community that continues to transform in new and exciting ways . . . some that we plan and many that take us by surprise. I hope to see you in worship this Sunday. Who knows what new and different thing might spring up by then!