It’s good to sit down and relax this afternoon. It’s been a busy couple of days. The good thing is the main boxes are unpacked — we have a functioning kitchen (thanks to some ladies at the church) — We can do laundry (the new washer arrived this morning — right on time — I might add.) — We now have phones — and to top it all off, Dish Network arrived during the very early part of their window giving us the afternoon to explore our new digs. Now I don’t feel so disconnected from the world — even though we don’t have internet at the house.
One of the first places we visited was the Augusta County Library — with free wifi — which will allow me to keep the blog up to date. All of us got library cards. I thank Pam for instilling a love of reading in the children.
Tonight, a church member has invited us over for dinner — which is really sweet. An they have a pool as well. Tomorrow I go over to the church for the first time to begin unpacking over there. Our worship team will rehearse as well in the evening. God has been so good to us.
Blessings and remember…the journey continues…
“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
– Corrie Ten Boom
Home Sweet (Temporary) Home
Well, we have arrived in our new ministry location. This week I will be assuming the position of Student Ministries and Worship Arts Pastor at Parkway Wesleyan Church in Staunton, VA. We have loaded all the boxes into the residence where we will live until a permanent house is ready for us. Notice that I said the boxes were loaded in. Not all of them are unpacked. Thank you to the good people of Preston Wesleyan Church who helped us load the truck yesterday morning and thank you to the good people of Parkway Wesleyan who helped us unload — in three different locations. This morning we go to return the truck and get our new cell phones and this afternoon we wait at the house for a new washer and the Dish Network people to hook us up.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
While we were loading the truck yesterday morning, one of the ladies asked me, “Preacher, didn’t you preach a sermon about all this stuff?” I replied, “yes.” It is amazing at the amount of stuff we accumulate. We have about a half garage full in storage, so we don’t unpack it twice.
Big Thank Yous
Again I want to thank everyone who helped us and worked so hard yesterday — you are a blessing to our family.
The journey continues….
Rebecca, Anna and I sing “Blessed Is the Name of the Lord” during our farewell service at Preston Wesleyan Church
A Very Warm but Not Too Unpleasant Day
The weather was great today. It was hot, but there was a breeze and some cloud cover. Not bad for an early summer day on the Southside.
Again the Holy Spirit showed up as we worshiped. I have been thankful for the way God has worked over the last 6 or 7 weeks. It has been absolutely amazing. My sermon was part of our official goodbyes today. It was bittersweet as I did that.
Following worship the church had a picnic and we said our final goodbyes to the congregation in general. There was lots of great Southern cooking. I made a hotdog “all the way” Martinsville style (which means a red Jesse Jones hotdog, with onions, mustard, chili, and slaw.) Open Arms, Open Hearts played several gospel numbers and they asked me to play bass on several numbers. That was alot of fun. After they finished, I had their drummer, bass player, and keyboardist lead us in a few worship tunes. It was very cool. I will miss them.
The Final Packing
Almost all the boxes of are packed. We still have the computers up — the router is still turned on, but we are getting ready for bed. It has been a long weekend. I’ve posted a music video from this morning’s service for tomorrow. I don’t know when the next update will be…the journey continues…
June 28, 2009
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship – Psalm 98
Song of Worship – I Know Whom I Have Believed
Songs of Worship – Sing to the King (Foote); Days of Elijah (Mark)
Worship Through Giving
Song of Worship – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Message – I Thank My God for You
Song of Worship – God Be With You
Benediction – Christ Be With Me (based on St. Patrick’s Prayer)
I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear for me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
Christ be with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
A Long Busy Day
Today began very early — the phone rang at 2:30 this morning — I did fall back to sleep and woke up around 7:30 and me and our family including my mom and dad began cleaning the windows and shades and packing up just about anything that was left. We got done ahead of schedule, which was great. Now, I am tired and want to spend a few minutes with the girls and my mom and dad before going to bed and saying our official goodbyes to our church tomorrow. Blessings….