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Past Updates

Mar 28, 2005
After Easter Agenda

The time of Lent is over.
Easter has come.
He is Risen.
He is Risen Indeed!

Most in the church will now turn their thoughts to--
summer vacation,
and well other “non” church things.

Most congregations will now wait until August to think about their “programs”—
suppers, choirs, fruitcake sales, new robes and nominations committee meetings where we find warm bodies for all those “jobs” that keep the programs running.

What about you?

If you are like most after Easter, you need a time of rest. You have worked hard the last few months. But….

What if we have it all wrong? What if all this non-sense of “holidays” is a waste of time, a concentration on non-essentials? What if the church is hampered by these seasons? What if each time we focus on the non-essentials we would recognize that thousand of people die without hope. Just because we are so excited about Jesus during Sunday worship that we “go home for lunch” is not an excuse to waste all this time with presents, baskets, chocolate and food.

Meanwhile people without a vision continue to perish.

I wonder, is there not a way for us to focus on our mission, to help the world know/experience the love of God in Jesus, in such a way as we can celebrate this special days without losing our focus on the mission? I wonder, if we were serious about sharing God’s love would we do our lives differently?

I remember entering parish ministry, 28 years ago. I was thrilled, eager. I must tell you the 28 years have gone by like a flash of lightning. Now, I hesitate to buy green banana’s. I don’t have time to waste.

So what would I do?

I’ll answer that here briefly and in the next weeks I’ll spell this out in more detail.

1. I would pray more
2. I would worship more, alone, and with others
3. I would love more freely
4. I would empower more quickly
5. I would speak more often about my sense of urgency
6. I would work less
7. I would live more

What would you do?