Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunday Recap...

Sunday was July 4th. I never know what is going to happen on Holiday weekends around Sunday. We generally have a young, mobile church. When holiday weekends hit, it is time to drive to the beach or spend the weekend with family in a neighboring city or state. I knew of 6-8 families that were going to be gone for the weekend and was prepared for a ghost town.

I was wrong. While several families where gone, we had quite a few visitors and a good contingent of folks that came to watch a couple of guest musicians play with the Catalyst Worship Band.

Overall, I felt Sunday was a great day. Here is a run down:
  • Opened with Jimi Hendrix version of the Star Spangled Banner and it raaawwked! Our good friend Samuel Holder nailed it. Folks in the second service stood in respect, very cool.
  • The worship set was solid as always, sometimes I think we take this for granted.
  • We started a new teaching series called "What up with That?" where we are looking at some misunderstood passages of scriptures or topics within American Christianity.
  • We kicked the series off by looking at the often sold wall plaque scripture of Jerimiah 29:11-13. "I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord...."
  • We looked at the broader context of who God was talking to, a group of people, not individuals.
  • We really honed in on the idea of God's "plan" for us and tried to get at the heart of that word. To understand that his not a plan like we think it. It is not set of directions, step-by-step instructions, or a blueprint for our life.
  • The word plan is better understood, "dreams" or "highest hopes" and God invites us to join him in the journey of fulfilling those plans.
  • I don't want to rehash the whole sermon here, but it was a lot of fun to preach. I feel like God gave me some solid images and content to work with.
  • Loved the closing song, "Closer". Seemed to support the time in the Word very well.
  • Headed to a new Pizza Joint in Rowlett, "Urban Slice" for lunch. Pizza buffet at lunch and it did not disappoint.
  • Took the kids home for a nap and ended up taking a nice nap myself.
  • Headed out to hang with some good friends, the Booth family and their extended family for some good eats and a private fireworks show. Great times.
  • It was a great fourth!

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