Some weekend reflections while pausing to consider the fact that there are four days until Thanksgiving, 32 days until Christmas, and 39 days until 2015.
- We got to spend Friday evening with some friends we have known for a very long time – since before Rita and I were married, in fact. It’s always great to catch up with them, to talk and laugh together about stories that are both old and new.
- Saturday morning I actually went to my first Saturday AM CrossFit class in quite a while. I’ve gotten into the habit of going to Open Gym on Saturdays, but this week I had a meeting (more on that in a moment) that was going to keep me from Open Gym.
- The WOD was one of those where something else meets “Cindy”, and I dearly wish things would stop meeting Cindy. Cindy is a 20:00 AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible) of 5 pull-ups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats. Sounds easy, right? Give it a shot tomorrow morning. Just those three movements in that order for 20 minutes. Let me know how it feels the day after…
- Cindy is one of the WOD’s I would normally find a way to avoid, so just showing up was something of a challenge for me. When we finished I rowed a mile because I’m desperately trying to get in 100 miles of running or rowing before the end of the year for our challenge at the gym. I’ve got 7 right now. That means I need 2.38 miles per day to hit the target. Pretty sure this is NOT going to happen.
- After CrossFit I met with Jason to talk about sermon planning for 2015. Jeff and Jim, who usually are in on the planning, weren’t able to make it, but we had their ideas in the mix as well.
- This annual sermon planning meeting is one of my favorite times of the year. We get to talk about things that we notice among the people in the church – concerns, questions that come up, and just in general get to ask what we think God is trying to say to our church as a whole.
- I’m also consistently amazed at how God seems to fit these series ideas together into a cohesive flow for the whole year. And though it shouldn’t surprise me, I’m always pleasantly surprised to see how God perfectly times messages at moments in the life of our church even though we’ve put our thoughts together a year in advance. It’s almost like God knows what’s going to happen that far in advance and even works through that planning process to speak to us when we need it the most. Hmmmmmmmmm.
- I am really excited about the lineup of series we have planned for next year. Particularly I’m looking forward to our first series of the year, and to making a concerted effort to bring back some of our guests from Christmas Eve services to spend a Sunday morning with us in January. You’ll hear some more about how we’re planning to do that coming up soon.
- We spent the rest of the afternoon eating too much food and relaxing with friends – two things that almost always seem to go together.
- This Sunday’s topic – fatherlessness – is one that is close to my heart. For the last 6 years or so I have volunteered to mentor a kid in our SK school system for one hour, once a week. I believe what I said yesterday: acting like a father to the fatherless is one of the best ways we can represent the heart of God to the world.
- Stay tuned here and on Facebook/Twitter for some links you can use to follow up on the topics we’ve brought up during the course of this series. I want to be very practical and share some ways that you can get involved if you feel like God is tugging at your heart to do something about any of the three major issues we brought up – global persecution, abortion, and fatherlessness.
- Sunday afternoon = nap, and then waking up to see the Patriots had the game against the Lions well in hand.
I hope you enjoy your shortened week, and some time with family and friends for Thanksgiving. I know I’m looking forward to the time shared with those closest to me as we remember just how blessed we really are.