Sunday Night Reflections

Some thoughts on today’s service:

Goofs – We started the morning with our worship guides in the trash can because they had the wrong date on them (my fault).  They were ultimately rescued, but we looked a little foolish.  I am glad though that we worship at a church that allows some mistakes.  That makes us real.  As the leader, I’m always striving to do the best I possibly can.  But I’m pretty sure I never make it through a day without a mistake or two..(heck, I’m not sure I make it out of the first hour most days).  We never want to be sloppy and accept mediocre, but perfection at the sake of heart and passion is cold and sterile.  I’ll take a few goofs along the way. 

Spirit – I’m not sure exactly what it is, but man, our response has been great during our music services all year long.  There is power and energy and joy.  I love hearing people SING!  What’s really cool is how the spirit in the body encourages the musicians on the platform.  It’s kind of like a crowd cheering on the team.  They feed on each other.  And in a spiritual setting, it raises the spiritual temperature in great ways. 

Heat – The truth is that our building is really cool…in more ways than one.  It’s been hard to heat.  But this morning, the temp was really comfortable.  Which is remarkable since it was in single digits outside (that has to be the result of sin).  We owe that to the hard work of Jeff H. who crawled through ducts for over an hour looking for ways to redirect the air flow.  I never cease to be amazed at the hard work that so many of you do behind the scenes.

Children’s Area – Totally dug the sign that Tim & Brooke made for traffic flow.  It was inspired by similar signs at Starbucks.  How can you argue with that as a source of inspiration?

Quote – Coach Greer did a great job with the message this morning as we broke into a new series – “In the Fire”.  It’s a great follow-up to the last series of pursuing “something more and going B.I.G.”.  I particularly liked the quote that he shared this morning:

  • Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.”

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Wow, what a great insight.  It reminds of another quote that says the “opportunity often comes disguised as hard work”.  While we are often waiting and hoping for good things to fall in our laps, we fail to see the real opportunities to step out in faith and go B.I.G. because it looks a little too challenging.  But God gives us opportunities, not ease.  So here’s to a week of bad hunting for clovers, and great fortune at finding opportunities. 

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One Response

  1. I was with the kids Sunday, so I missed the message. But hearing the title of the series brings to mind one of my all-time favorite songs…

    “Standing Outside the Fire”

    We call them cool
    Those hearts that have no scars to show
    The ones that never do let go
    And risk it the tables being turned

    We call them fools
    Who have to dance within the flame
    Who chance the sorrow and the shame
    That always come with getting burned

    But you got to be tough when consumed by desire
    ‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire
    We call them strong
    Those who can face this world alone
    Who seem to get by on their own
    Those who will never take the fall

    We call them weak
    Who are unable to resist
    The slightest chance love might exist
    And for that forsake it all

    They’re so hell bent on giving, walking a wire
    Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried it is merely survived
    If you’re standing outside the fire

    There’s this love that is burning
    Deep in my soul
    Constantly yearning to get out of control
    Wanting to fly hiher and higher
    I can’t abide standing outside the fire

    I’m ready for the fire!!!

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