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I am reading Mark Batterson’s “Wild Goose Chase,” and I came across a paragraph that I just had to share.  I am sure there will be more that I will glean from this book, but for now, chew on this with me:

“Some of us live as if we expect to  hear God say, ‘Well thought, good and faithful servant!’ or “Well said, good and faithful servant!’ God isn’t going to say any of those things. There is only one commendation, and it is the by-product  of pursuing God-ordained passion: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

To introduce this, Mark said “When Christianity turns into a noun, it becomes a turnoff.  Christianity was always intended to be a verb.”

In other words, good intentions are at best, good intentions.  Good thoughts are at best good thoughts, and good speech is at best good speech.  What matters is not what is intended, thought or spoken about for Jesus.  What matters it what is done for Jesus.

What are your thoughts?

This was our last week of our message series called “The Gift.”  There is not much that I can say to brag on my teams other than “awesome.”  Everyone did a great job!  The choir was enthusiastic, the solists and cast did super!  There was nothing that could have been done any better.  We actually had a day with NO congregational singing.  That is the first time I have ever done that, but with the timing of everything else we just did not have time.  Anyways, here is the order of the day:

Video announcements from our pastor

Baptism (how cool is it to get baptized at Christmas time!  Never gets old to see people do this)

Christmas Video Setup for drama

Drama w/Choir – Songs used:

Video Intro for message

Message – Pastor did a great job!

Time of response/Offering

Dismiss

I am excited to start the new year!  The next two weeks will be nice as we celebrate the holidays!  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!  This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.

I was going through my Evernote notebook clips last night and came across a quote that I found on a blog a couple of years ago:

“The greatest opposition to what God is doing today comes from those who were on the cutting edge of what God was doing yesterday.”
– R.T. Kendall, pastor of Westminster Chapel

This had two implications for me:

  1. A lot of the people that I was taught to revere and respect as I was growing up were actually fairly progressive in their approach to ministry (for their time). What they did may not be considered progressive today, but it was then!  In fact, today most churches have been there and done the things that were considered progressive back then.
  2. I am still just under 40, but I never want to be the opposition to God’s moving in this (or any) generation.  Who has the right to say that God was done working in the 50’s. 60’s or 70’s?  Who has the right to say that the 90’s Praise and Worship music was the ultimate sound that God wanted.  None of us do.  We need to allow God to work today just as He did in those decades.  Creativity did not reach its pinnacle. Evangelism and preaching did not reach its final end.  Things continue to progress. Things continue to change.  They will until Christ returns.  In fact, we will even sing a “New Song” in heaven.  Some of you will not like that song either!

Read this post at Tony Morgan’s blog.  I am still processing through some of it, but I found it to be very, very accurate.  What are your thoughts on it?

more staff = fewer volunteers

lack of planning = financial challenges

more meetings = less ministry

unclear vision = packed ministry calendar

packed ministry calendar = volunteer burnout

same methods = same results

Read more of them on Tony’s blog. Good thoughts or not?  What do you think?

purp_confessional

Today we celebrated Communion together. I love to partake of the Lord’s Supper with my church family.  It is always  special time, and today was no different.  We purposefully set a more reflective atmosphere.  We started out with a slower, yet powerful choir song and we also only used an acoustic in our music today.  It was a nice change to make, and went with the atmosphere we were trying to create.  It was a very nice service and there was quite a buzz about the service afterwords. Now, on to the setlist!

Choir Special – Reveal (way to go choir!)

Baptism (It never get sold seeing people take steps towards Christ)

Drama –  A short skit on prayer (Everyone did a great job!)

  • The Wonderful CrossMason/Reeves/Tomlin/Walt/Watts
  • At The CrossHudson/Watts

Special Music – The Old Rugged Cross (Lesley did a fantastic job!)

Message – Part 1 (Our pastor spoke about the meaning of Communion today so that our new people knew what we were doing)

  • Nothing But The BloodLowry
  • Once AgainRedman

Special – Lead Me To The Cross (one of my favorites! Wonderful job Randi!)

Message – Part 2

Time of response and receiving the elements

Offering

  • How Great is Our GodTomlin

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!  We have more than we deserve not only in possessions, but as recipients of God’s love and mercy also!  This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.