The Memorial Day Weekend typically signifies the unofficial beginning of Summer. While the official season of summer is three weeks away, the weather around here is very summer like. We have had popcorn type thundershowers/storms almost every evening this week. In fact, since I bought a sprinkler for our new lawn several weeks ago, we have had a fairly steady progression of thunderstorms and rain.
This afternoon we were invited over to a “summers here” picnic. It was a great time of fellowship and swimming. The water was a little cool yet, but with weather like we have had it won’t be long until the water warms up.
FLAME Gives Back
This week begins a week of preparation for the “FLAME Gives Back” missions trip to Keam’s Canyon, AZ. We will be leaving on Friday, so that means getting the worship ready for the Sunday I will be gone and working on the service for the Sunday I return. Since I will be getting back late on Saturday, that needs to be completed this week. In addition, I will be leading times of worship during the trip during our evening chapels. We will be in some very primitive conditions so I need to prepare songsheet/songbooks for our team. I am really looking forward to this time, even though I am not much on “roughing it.” My idea of roughing it, is a hotel room 🙂 We are going to help a Christian brother and sister who is in need — we are going to be the church’s hands and feet. I would covet your prayers for both myself and the team of 20 or so as we travel. Because of the primitive conditions, I will be “off the grid.” That should be an interesting experience in and of itself. No technology except for what can be charged (think digital camera and video camera) There will be no wireless service, running water, or electricity. If I get the chance (which is probably very slim) I will update you. Otherwise you will have to wait till I get back. So this space may be quiet for awhile.
Speaking of “Off the Grid”
Tonight is the first night since we moved to our new house that I have internet at home. It is strange because I am connected to the internet via a G3 network. I am completely wireless and even used the laptop the other night in the car (BTW — I was not driving!) That was a new experience.
Father, Spirit, Jesus
Today was Trinity Sunday in the church year. It was tough to find songs that referenced the Trinity. As I was writing this, I remembered the Casting Crowns song I listed above. We used a great hymn of the church, “Come Thou Almighty King.” Wow! did the congregation sing or what this morning. The Holy Spirit is moving among us on a weekly basis. It is amazing to lead worship in an environment like that. I am grateful for what God is doing.
Today the sermon at church was about Job. Our pastor is doing a summer series on Bible Super-Heroes. I am looking forward to each installment. During the sermon, he referenced a line from a song that we sang this morning…”You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name.” So many times it is easy to praise God when we are being blessed, but what about in the hard times? Is it just as easy for you to worship God? It was for Job, even though he had lost everything. As you go through the week, remember to praise God in the good times and the bad — blessed be Your glorious name! Carp Diem!