The Dawn of a New Era - Indeed!
It was the Good News topped off by more Good News and then a little more Good News after that!
Last Sunday began with a new worship series, "The Dawn of a New Era." The (strange) prophet Ezekiel had a vision of "dem bones" (37) coming together. Lazarus heard a voice that called him away from the light - and brought him tighly wrapped back to this world. Both stories set the table for our new era of God's Vision for new starts!
The take-away? In the continuous transitions of our lives, in the constant discovery or pursuit of God's Next Step, we learned, most new starts begin from old grief; but are most blessed when it is God's Voice fitting the pieces together and unraveling grave clothes that bind. We're designed and redeemed to be a part of a vast army - free from the bounds of fears.
Then the Good News got topped with more Good News when the results of our "Power and Peace" campaign commitments came in. We were in the mid $280's range when someone told me their gift would put us over the goal of $300k! And...the sacrificial commitment have continued to be given. We're now over $303,000 - even while I've been told by some their commitment is still pending!
Yes! Thanks be to God for your sacrificial participation; for your Spirit-driven confidence in the vision, "That Every Relationship Experience God's Power and Peace!"
Sunday afternoon's Service of Installation was more of grace upon grace, more - immeasurably more - the blessing when dozens of volunteers got organized, brought out the fine china and spruced up the fellowship hall to look like a banquet hall fit for one of Jesus' parables! Seventeen pastors (I've NEVER seen that many pastors at an installation in 35 years) brought their voices and their spirit of blessing to, in essence say, Peace is in a new era and God is the one fueling it!
I'm not trying to "one-up" John (1.16), but what I experienced on Sunday was more like "grace upon grace upon grace!"
Thanks be to God for our partnership.
Thank you for being a willing and whole-hearted part of it!