Across the month of July I got to sit in the pew. Instead of being "up front" for 5 Sundays, I got to be a worshiper.
Now I didn't have to worship at Discovery any of those Sundays, but it worked out that I could most Sundays and so I did.
I truly appreciated all the worship leadership: Sally, the Nicaraguan group, Mary Ann. And thank you to the liturgists, deacons, musicians and special music providers. And thank you to all the summer worshipers! You are amazing!
I enjoyed sitting with you guys and my family and some visiting friends from out of town. I loved sitting behind Leah and Jacob on that first Sunday before they retired to the nursery. I enjoyed sitting at various spots in the sanctuary and appreciated the
different views out that big, wonderful sanctuary window.
It was good to charge my battery and not have to think about sermon and worship preparation. Each Saturday night I did something fun - something I really can't do otherwise because I'm usually getting ready for Sunday.
One of our Session goals this year was "Sabbath." We knew that Discovery would probably need a break after our big building project. I'm glad I had a chance to embody this goal.
And with Sabbath and worship we truly do get a new view! When we are not so engrossed in our work perhaps God's Holy Spirit has a special opportunity to move in on us. We realize it's not about us and our efforts. It's about a God who is here to nourish us and guide us and nudge us toward places and matters that before we had not considered.
I'm feeling extra open as we head into the fall. I'm excited about new ministries here at Discovery this fall. I hope that each one of you had an experience of renewal this summer. Together may our experiences of renewal help us deepen our trust in God and see out God's big window of possibilities. In Christ's Love,