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Ministry Notes

March 2021

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to take two weeks off last month.

When I’m in “church mode” my mind is constantly wondering how “so-and-so” is doing, or what story I might use in the next sermon, or thinking about the confirmation curriculum, and these days it also includes downloading, uploading, editing, importing, exporting… and this afternoon it was all about the frustration of figuring out how to unlock the proprietary file extension of a shared sermon from another church for our Lenten series! Ugh!

These days, being in “church mode” has my mind working harder than ever. It was nice to change gears for two weeks… And I recommend it for everyone!

This has been a challenging year on so many levels. From learning how to work differently, to figuring out how to be family differently, to grocery shopping differently… This Lenten season, might be a good opportunity to get off the tread-mill a little, and give ourselves permission to do something different.

One of the things I noticed about myself when I was out of “church mode,” was that I have a lot of other interests. And I gave myself permission to explore them. I read a book by Ed Ward, covering the history of Rock and Roll from 1920 to 1963. It was fascinating to go through all the contributing strands of Folk, Country, Blues and European music. Like most history, it’s always a lot more complicated that you imagine. And now I’m half way through Volume II.

I also had the opportunity to plant some seeds, learn some new guitar tricks, do some home projects… When I wasn’t in “church mode” it was as if a different world opened up. And I was reminded of a quote from one of my seminary professors; “God is interested in a whole lot more than theology!”

The third Commandment is to remember the Sabbath, to keep it Holy. We often equate sabbath with rest. But that’s not really the meaning of it. Poet Thomas White has said that the antidote for exhaustion is not rest, but rather re-firement. It’s about the discovery of that which makes you passionate.

During this Lenten journey, my prayer for you is that you give yourself permission to dream. Imagine projects you could do, places you could go, people you could connect with… Reach out of your normal routine and try something new. Ponder how you could make it come alive. Hold it lightly, meditate on it as you drive along, find it in your prayers… Share it with someone you love…

Creating new Hope is what God does in our lives. Take some time away, it really does charge the batteries.


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