Well, this feels a bit like Finals week in school.
Pastor Corey and I have been meeting, talking, and putting together our presentation for Sunday evening. Our goal is to give you a good idea of the path forward, including the things that we'll be asking of you as part of the congregation.
There will be plenty of specifics, but our primary goal is to focus on the larger vision, the image we believe God has given of the new ministry and mission ahead of us.
Just like school, there will be some things that make perfect sense to you. "Right. Got that. Done."
Just like school, there will be some things that invite you to a deeper level of reflection. "I'm not quite sure I understand; I need to think this through."
Just like school...well, your experience of school might have been different than mine. So if you were one of those students who was prepared for everything and had all the answers, I apologize. But for me, there were also those moments in school when I found myself saying, "What is the teacher talking about? I don't have a clue!" Or even, "That's just not right!" I imagine that you'll have one or two moments like that on Sunday evening.
Sunday won't be the end of the work, but the start. For those of you with project management skills, Sunday will actually begin a very intense phase of bringing all of the pieces, and all of the people, together in the same place. Corey and I will need help- lots of it. We won't hesitate to ask, and we won't hesitate to challenge.
Last Sunday's worship service was a powerful taste of what God might do with us...together. As one of our members wrote on Facebook, "For the first time in a long time, I really felt a strong sense of hope at church yesterday. I think I'm starting to see the big picture of how the Lord had to empty our hands so He could fill them with something much bigger and better." Yes.
You really don't want to miss this. We will do everything we can to make the information available, but you really don't want to miss this.