Wow! was today a hot one on the Southside. Even as I write this at 9:45 PM, the temperature outside is 88 degrees. The temp topped out at 100 at about 4:00 this afternoon right as I was grilling dinner (which was great!) We had beef cubes marinated and then grilled along with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms. We love grilling, but I’d rather do it when it’s not so hot outside.
Church was good today. We had a great time of worship. The whole worship team was back for the first time in several months. We are in the middle of a five-week stewarship emphasis. I don’t remember if i mentioned last week, but we now have the ability to stream audio of our services. Check it out [here]. I have the last two weeks up. What’s nice is that I don’t have to trade out older sermons for newer. The best way to access them is to go to www.prestonwesleyan.org and look for the sermon player on the bottom. I love the fact that there are so many companies committed to providing low-cost resources.
Several of the resources we use are www.forministry.com for hosting our website; www.wordpress.com is hosting this blog; www.sermon.net is where we are hosting the audio. I actually use both Google Video and www.youtube.com for hosting videos, though I prefer Google Video, because it has a separate uploader and I can load videos of greater than 100 MB. I have a shell of a site set up at www.mychurch.org, as well as I do have a facebook profile. “Why?” you may ask. My desire is to build the Kingdom of God. Through our internet ministry, I can reach people who would never check out our church in person. It’s been amazing to watch the search terms that are used and how people end up here. Just this afternoon, I checked out the search terms and one said “joysucker.” I couldn’t remember where I had used that, so I googled it and found a sermon I preached last summer. In fact, I was convicted by my own words as I read that post, that I had let some people suck the joy right out of my ministry.
Since I started writing the temp has dropped to 81 degrees (in fifteen minutes!) This evening we had a great time together as we sang. We reprised a song from this morning, “Are Ye Able?” Said the Master. It’s not in our new hymnals so we put it up on the screen which is unusual for a Sunday evening. I do use PowerPoint for teaching on Sunday evenings. We had a great time of worship, singing out of the hymnal which took us right into prayer. Then we had our teaching time as we get ready to finish up the ten commandments.
In a rare move, we took the kids out after church to Dairy Queen. It was a nice treat on a hot SPRING day. If it’s a 100 now, I’m not looking forward to the rest of the summer. Besides who turned on the switch to summer anyway? 🙂
Yesterday, began our denomination’s General Conference. It should be interesting. I have been following via several blogs. Have a great week! Stay Cool! Carp Diem!