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October 14, 2014, 10:00 AM

What a Weekend!

What a weekend we just had! Two weddings, two funerals, and three worship services in 48 hours! I feel tired just reading what I've typed! Congratulations to Mike and Georgia and Kurtis and Alyssa - newly weds on this Tuesday morning! Deep sympathy and many prayers for Lane Grafton and family, and the family of Earl Alt as they adjust to living without loved ones who were so central to life. And thanks to more people than I can name here for enabling our worship experiences to be filled with love and joy, compassion and care. 

Someone asked me yesterday if I went home on Sunday and collapsed after the busy weekend. I confess I expected to, but that's not what happened. Oh I was tired - but not as tired as I thought I'd be. I actually did not take a nap - I had a bite to eat and then started reading an assignment for an online continuing education class I am taking. Imagine that!

Part of me is celebrating and crediting being in a good place health-wise at the moment as the reason for my "not-completely-spent-ness." But as I think about it, the bigger part of me celebrates and credits the church being the church as the reason I was not entirely exhausted. The church as Bev Lehman and the funeral meal teams. The church as Luann Valdesalice and Katie Aaron who made sure the wedding details were cared for. The church as Sam Wagner who, as always, provided extraordinary care and support for grieving families and celebrated the life of Ginni Grafton with joy, sensitivity and excellence. The church as musicians - choir and pianists and organists - and servants to run the audio/visual equipment - all who willing gave of themselves in response to God's goodness and grace in their lives. The church as Amy Dick who added two additional bulletins to an already busy week. The church as Bill Latchaw who made sure the building was perfectly presentable for each event. 

See that's how the church as the body of Christ is intended to work: "Now to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good...The body is a unit, though it's made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ....If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." (1Cor. 12:7,12,26) 

That's what I saw at work this weekend - the church being the church. Yes I was tired - but I was more energized by watching the church be the church - have been for 30 years now. The most rewarding and awe inspiring thing about ministry for me is watching YOU live as the people Jesus redeemed you to be. 

What a weekend we had.................indeed..........

Keep Lookin' Up!

Pastor D.


10-15-2014 at 5:46 PM
Dick Shaner
God bless you and our work! Pray persistently!
10-15-2014 at 1:37 PM
Pam Kilgore
Continued prayers from WV for strength, stamina and the unction of God to all from Dave to the sweet smiles on the children of the Christ church family, that minister to the community and the world. Your reach is far more that you can know, carry on brothers and sisters in Jesus.
10-15-2014 at 7:47 AM
Katie Aaron
I am always amazed and thankful as I see how our people look out for each other and work together in ways that could only come from the love of Jesus Christ they have in their hearts. It WAS an amazing weekend. We all needed each other.... an encouraging word and smile, a hug, praying together, and knowing that we are the hands and feet of Jesus...these are just a few of the ties that holds us together as a church with a strong foundation. Thank you Pastors David and Sam for being good leaders and examples of what it means to really care about each other and work together as the body of Christ.
10-14-2014 at 3:14 PM
BEAUTIFULLY written!! BUT you MUST take care of yourself, too!!

Thank you for being you!!
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