Sunday Recap – 6-8-08

We kicked off our Life Lessons From The 80s yesterday with a look at Psalm 84. Shared some interesting facts about 1984 at the start. It was a good worship gathering, even though we had to do some on the fly changes with music.

John who has been our interim Creative Arts/Worship Leader, called late Saturday night and told me he and his wife had just gotten home from the ER. They had a miscarriage and she had a very difficult, even dangerous, time. Thus, he wouldn’t be able to make it Sunday morning. i told him, totally understandable and his place was at home. We’d handle it. – By the way, PLEASE PRAY for them as they are having a difficult time. – So, at 9:30pm Saturday, we were trying to figure out what to do. We called Chad who was planning on filling in while John was on vacation in a few weeks, and asked him if he could do it. He graciously said he could. So, Sunday morning he shows up at 6:30am and was able to work up two songs. He did a great job, especially since he only had a couple of hours to prep. The plus side was we let out both of our gatherings about 5 minutes early…don’t think anyone complained. 🙂

So, back to the rest of the day…we are definitely in the summer down slide. Attendance was okay overall, but lots of regulars…especially children’s workers, were out. There were still several first time visitors, which was awesome.

In looking at Psalm 84 we talked about God’s blessing and presence for those who choose to be on pilgrimage with Him. I though it held some great principles for our lives and some encouragement for those who are following Christ: God blesses those who are on pilgrimage who

  • dwell in the house of the Lord (in His presence)
  • whose strength (trust) is in the Lord
  • whose hearts are bold and determined and focused on His ways
  • who press forward through difficulties and discouragement.

Last night was our Volunteer Appreciation Night. We wanted to thank and encourage all of those who serve so faithfully in their sweet spot, in order to change people’s perspectives. In keeping with our current 80s series theme, we had an 80s Prom for all our volunteers. We had a blast! There was a live 80s cover band called “Crisis” – of which my family’s pediatrician is the drummer! We had some fun and games and even crown ed a king and queen (who had the best 80s look). A limo met all our volunteers in the parking lot and drove them around the school, dropping them off at the front door, then returned them to their cars after. Just a little added touch that told them how important they are!

We are blessed to have some of the best volunteers anywhere who “get it” when it comes to reaching people and “changing perspectives”. They are all about the vision and impacting another generation. I love these folks! Major props to our staff, who put it all together! Awesome job guys! I love working with this team! We also were blessed to have Doug and the core team from Canvas Church come back and serve our volunteers. They helped serve and break everything down and clean up afterwards. Thanks guys!

Great day! I was absolutely exhausted last night, though. I just crashed. Looking forward to Father’s Day next week as we look at Psalm 86. Where were you in 1986? I’d love to hear what you remember about that year.


2 Responses to “Sunday Recap – 6-8-08”

  1. 1 Ken & Beverly Johnson
    June 9, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Wow the 80’s prom was AWESOME -it was Ken’s first prom my first limo ride which made it “most excellent “for us. However, tell Edger he needs to keep his day job. LOL All kidding aside I am so blessed to be able to be with “my” wobblers every Sunday they are such a Joy. Thanks to the Canvas guys and all the other folks who put it together. CATR Rules !!!

  2. 2 Eric
    June 9, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    The biggest thing I remember about 1986 was huddling around a TV on a roller cart with everyone in the classroom crying, including the teacher, and the principle praying over the intercom for all of the families of the Challenger heroes.

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