…just showing up. I’m not sure who said it, but it’s a rule of thumb that is worth remembering.
Last Sunday was a high for First Congregational. When did you last see that many children in church? When did you hear Katherine Hedlund ever sing like that on a Jazz Sunday? When did we last welcome a baker’s dozen of new members? When did you dream we could then feature such a picnic with so many happy faces, with so much great food, with another energetic band?
But in my sermon I talked about transformation as the church’s purpose: becoming the people God means for us to be. Then I said transformation is less about mountaintop peak experiences and more about practicing and repeating simple things till good practices deeply alter our lives.
Remember? Lofty highs fade and then we need ways to be equipped for a workaday world. Acts 2.42 tells of the church after lofty highs, how they became devoted to teaching and preaching, shared meals, fellowship, and prayer. The church translated short-term delight into long-term commitment. And they became formidable, carrying the gospel unto the very ends of the earth.
Every week will not feature the highs we had last Sunday. We translate short-term excitement into long-term commitment by becoming regular in our habits. And worship is where all of that begins. This Sunday at 10 am we celebrate Victoria Alexandra Dunn’s baptism, a new member family. This Sunday evening at 5 pm our Interim Youth Minister Gary Morello will lead the Come As You Are Service. If you’ve been eager to meet and know Gary, this is a great chance for you.
Among his many splendid gifts, Gary played college football at RPI, a defensive back, I believe. Imagine if Gary, or the many football fans getting excited this time of year, offered excuses like these for begging off. They’d get laughed out of town. The excuses are equally lame at church.