Fall is beginning to arrive in the Southside. The last few days have been cooler but rainy. Today the sun came back out. It’s not as hot as it was a month ago, but still warm. We are still using the air conditioner in the house. It doesn’t run as much during the fall. This morning we began church without A/C but I turned it on during the middle of the service because it was starting to get warm. Several women were fanning themselves. Unlike our days in New York, when by now the trees are almost in full color, we haven’t seen much change in leaf color yet. Give it about two weeks and we should start seeing the changing leaves, if we start getting some cool nights. That hasn’t happened yet. I remember James was raking leaves in early September, while I was away at FLAME in SC.
Today was a good day. I was well prepared for my sermon which came from Philippians 2:1-13. It came out much stronger than I thought it would. I used Powerpoint for the first time in several weeks for my sermon notes. One of the cooler things was as I preached on the 5-11 section, we slowly built a diagram. You can see the diagram in my sermon post below.
This evening our students began practicing for their Christmas program which will be the last Sunday before Christmas. We had a small, but faithful group for our Bible study, we looked at “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” It has been a great study that will wrap up not next week but the next, because we have a “Celebration of Praise,” which is a monthly musical and inspirational service. It combines special music, congregational singing, scripture, and inspirational readings. What’s nice is that I usually get the evening off in the planning department, even though I participate. The week after that, I’ll finish up the Beatitudes and the following week, I am planning on showing a video from Global Partners which will show the highlights of the All Nations Celebration that was held in Orlando this past summer. We received the DVD from Global Partners (thanks to my new best friend, Peter Moore) at our Minister and Spouses Gathering last week. The fall always has special services (a special regional service with the Wesleyan churches from our area, Thanksgiving, Hanging of the Greens, and as we move into winter several other Christmas events.) So it is hard to have any type of continuity in a Bible study. We’ll see what God has in store over the next few weeks.
Wow! I’ve rambled for quite a bit. It’s time to get off the computer and relax for a bit. Blessings…