I wish to thank all those who made Laity Sunday such a success. Especially I want to thank Karla Martell. She shared from her heart in a beautiful, inspiring way that touched each one of us. I love coming to worship every Sunday, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt God’s presence so powerfully in a worship setting. If I were a guest looking for a church yesterday, I would definitely be back next Sunday! (Though I would be disappointed that I wouldn’t get to hear Karla again!)
We are starting something new Wednesday of this week. “Wednesday Night Live” begins October 17 with a meal, followed by a number of options with something for every age and every interest. My church in Portland did something similar. We too had a traditional and a contemporary service with the concern that people didn’t know those who went to the other service. We also had a number of new people who many hadn’t met yet. The Wednesday meal was a huge step in helping us get to know one another and form relationships. There is something about sharing a meal that breaks the ice and opens the door to conversation. So please make every effort to be here for the meal. It starts at 6 pm. Look for a table with people you don’t know. (I know that’s not our natural instinct but it’s a key learned instinct in growing churches.) It’s hard to meet people on Sunday at worship. “Wednesday Night Live” will be a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know one another better. And also, with the small groups, classes, rehearsals and other activities to follow, it will also be a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know Christ better. “Know Christ, Love God, Serve Others”. See you Wednesday!