A quick list of five things I think I’m thinking on a Monday afternoon:
- Snow. I’m done with it. It’s March and we should be moving towards Spring, right? The problem is that we have massive piles of snow that I’m convinced are going to still linger in some spots until at least Memorial Day at this point. And don’t tell me I can’t complain about the snow in the winter and the heat in the summer. I’m a New Englander, it’s my birthright to complain about the weather.
- Transitions. As most of you know, our worship leader and his wife (Jeff and Jen) have made the transition out from New Life to begin the process of planting their own church. It’s always really hard to watch people who have contributed so much to the church walk out the door for the last time, but I’m excited for what God is going to do through them in the future. That also, of course, means some transitions for us especially in the music area. While changes like that are always difficult, I do find that they give us an opportunity to just examine assumptions we’ve made about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it as well as to interject some new ideas into the mix. I’m hopeful we will be able to do that well over the next few months.
- Messages. I was really challenged by the message series we just finished on finding words to our prayer and conversation with God. I will confess that there are seasons of my life where prayer becomes more difficult for me, and this series came during one of those periods of my life. I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve always had an easier time reading the Bible to connect with God than I have with praying to connect with God. I hope that the series was helpful to others who struggle to find the words to pray as well, and that it inspired a desire to have a deeper, more meaningful conversation with God for yourself.
- Easter. It is going to be awesome. We are going to have a party at 9 and 11 AM – one for adults and another one for the kids, and we are going to really CELEBRATE that Jesus is alive! If you haven’t yet gotten an invitation to give out to someone you’d like to see with you on Easter Sunday morning, please take one this Sunday. We’re only 4 weeks away from the big day, and just like with Christmas Eve, we want to see this place jam-packed with our neighbors, friends, and family members.
- CrossFit. The annual CrossFit Open, a worldwide competition of CrossFitters to test their fitness, has arrived. At our gym we have four teams of people who are competing in the workouts, and also are having a friendly “Team Spirit” competition. This has become my favorite time of year at the gym for this reason – the camaraderie and general team atmosphere that pervades these Saturday sessions is phenomenal. People accomplish stuff they could never have dreamed of doing when they’re being cheered on by their fellow athletes, and it is amazing to watch.