As I write it is 6:09 and as I look out the front window the last light of the day is fading. We’ve gained almost an hour of daylight in the evening. It is nice to see daylight at 6 PM. I’ve noticed a difference in the mornings as well. I suppose you could call this week the big warm up. Most of our snow is gone, although we got snow over night. A good portion of that melted on this 42 degree day. We might even see 60’s this week and say goodbye to any remaining snow. It is however, a bit early to think that winter is over.
It has been warm enough this week, that I took to the roads instead of running at the gym and got in over 20 miles this week. I am very pleased with my progress so far this year. I am already at the 90 mile mark. As a comparison, last year I wasn’t even at 90 miles at the end of March. If the current trend continues, I may best five months of 2017 combined (January, February, March, November, and December) by the end of March. I am really excited about that.
Currently listening to: Family Lent (via Spotify)
Currently watching: Daytona 500.
I have headphones in listen to music while I type, but the race is on TV.
It’s been a good week. This past week we were in Hamburg, NY for our monthly pastor’s meeting. We had discussion and lunch. I am thankful for Pastor Joey’s leadership in our district and appreciate his vision of multiplication and partnerships. We were also able to meet the pastor of a Native American church on our district. I am very thankful that we are part of a district that meets very regularly. It helps that we are close geographically.
On Wednesday, we met with the local pastors and put together the final plans for our Lenten Luncheons which begin this Tuesday. Each church will be providing food and a devotional. Pam will be bringing the devotional this week. God is doing a great work through our ministerial.
Wednesday we also had an Ash Wednesday service where we remembered that we are dust and to dust we will return. We remember our humanity – our mortality. We had several members of the community join us.
On Friday evening, we “went over the mountain” to participate in Emmaus Road. Pam preached – she actually used the devotional that she will be sharing on Tuesday. Anna and I led worship. It was cool, because one of the songs we ended up using for special music this morning.
As you can see, things are really busy around here. It was good to get home this evening. We had community choir rehearsal this afternoon. I am leading a group of wonderful musicians from the community. Our program this year is called “The Road to Calvary.” They are a bunch of hard workers and after two rehearsals we have made some great progress. I am looking forward to presenting this on Palm Sunday evening.
Which brings us finally to today. We had a wonderful worship service this morning. Our regular worship leader asked me to lead worship. Pam took some of the other pastoral duties like the Call to Worship and Pastoral Prayer. There was a wonderful spirit of worship this morning. I started a Lenten series called “Who Is Jesus?” The question we asked this morning was “Who do you say that I am?” It is an important question to ask.
That’s about all I have for this week. I hope you have a wonderful week.