The Curtain Pulled Back
Sunday afternoon, I received an email from Cheryl Preston, a woman who, along with her husband, Kirk, and four children, is a part of our church family. I thought you might appreciate reading part of her note.
I wanted to share something that happened during your message this morning that touched my heart very much and spoke to the idea of eschatological worship (which is a fantastic word and would be awesome in Words with Friends).
Our youngest son, Paul, is autistic and spends most of the Sunday morning service reading his Veggie Tales Bible storybook (no offense to you…how can you compete with singing vegetables?); except during music time—during music, Paul is transported to a different place. He will often close his eyes and just rock his body and I always feel like he is worshiping in his own special, unique way. In fact, I often think that he probably has a connection to the spiritual world that I can’t fully appreciate this side of heaven.
Anyways, this morning was going according to Paul’s typical pattern until we got to the part where you were reading those powerful verses from Revelation. Paul stopped looking at his book and looked up at you. Then, when you got to the part where the all of creation was worshiping the one true God, Paul started rocking—like he was hearing music. I think he was.
As soon as you stopped reading, he stopped rocking and went back to his book. In my mind, for just that moment, the curtain was pulled back and Paul was experiencing worship geographically and eschatologically. It was beautiful. I left the service and knew that I wanted to share that with you.
The tallies are in from all of the precincts and the election results are as follows:
Elected to serve three-year-terms on the Official Board, terms ending in February of 2018, are, in order of election: Jim Morton, Chris Grimm, and Nicole Berg. These three will begin serving at the March 12 sitting of the Board.
Elected to serve three-year-terms on the Nominating Committee are Mary Lou Bates, David Anderson, and John Monroe. These individuals will meet with the other members of the Nominating Committee in early May to begin the nomination process for next year’s slate of nominees.
Thanks to all who voted in this year’s election. A total of 198 ballots were cast.
Reflections from Our Intern
One of the joys of being at a church that sits adjacent to a seminary is that I often have the pleasure of working with Northeastern Seminary students who choose to do their “field placement” here at Pearce. One such student is Sarah Grice. I asked her to provide some brief reflections on ministry for the Danglings this semester. Here is her first installment in a continuing series!
As I learn what it means to be a pastor, I am finding that ministry requires attendance. I mean that in two basic ways. The first is simple: show up. Show up for prayer. Show up for meetings, visits, and services. The second is subtle but crucial: pay attention. I was reminded of this second meaning when I served at a Sunday service at Westwood Commons.
Before the service began, I stumbled over introducing myself to the woman that I sat next to. Just as I recognized that we had met only a few minutes prior, Jane said, “I wondered if you would remember me.” I almost did not. Her words reminded me to slow down so I might pay attention to the folks that I intended to minister to. Ministry requires both the act of showing up and of being present.
Tomorrow, Mary and I will head out with others from Pearce to tour Israel over the next several days. Due to my absence, there will be no Dangling Conversation next Thursday. But know that I will be thinking of all of you and praying for the Pearce family during my time away! We’ll pick up this conversation on February 26.