A Story Interrupted
Stories get interrupted. It’s one of the realities of life. Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson said, “I’m interested in discontinuities and interruptions, people having to rewrite the narrative of their lives because of sudden changes.”
Sudden changes! My own story was briefly interrupted last weekend by an unexpected illness. In turn, our walk through God’s Story in our sermon series “Shaped by God’s Story” was interrupted as well.
Considering the narrative of Scripture, interruptions are more the norm than the exception. Abraham’s quiet life in Ur is interrupted and he is propelled out on a very long journey. Paul finds he can no longer do business as usual after being stopped in his tracks on the Damascus Road. Again, interruptions are one of the realities of life, both in the Bible and in our own lives!
This weekend, hopefully, we’ll get back to the central narrative of God’s Word with a consideration of the prophets. Looking at texts from Isaiah, we’ll talk about the way God sends messengers to speak truth into our lives. You may want to glance through Isaiah’s book, especially chapters 1, 40, and 55, in preparation for the message that is titled “Honest Voices.”
I must acknowledge my deep gratitude to Pastor Jeremy for doing a marvelous job of preaching last weekend on short notice. Also, I am thankful for the many expressions of concern that have been offered to me.
An Empty Office
I confess that I’m doing a bit of grieving this morning. After my brief illness last weekend, I headed out early Monday to attend a denominational gathering near Baltimore. I just returned to my office at Pearce this morning and confronted, for the first time, the reality that Pastor Mike is no longer on our pastoral team. His former office looked quite empty and forlorn as I passed by it on my way in today.
I need to say a couple of things. First, I am so grateful to the Lord for the privilege I had to work with Pastor Mike for more than nine years. It was a joy to serve with him. His humility, his enthusiasm, his deep concern and care for others were vividly evident. What a blessing!
Second, I should note that we are working to identify a gifted individual who can serve as the interim director of student ministries. If you know of someone who should apply for this position, have them contact Honna Curtis at the church office.
Third, I am thankful for the marvelous staff of volunteers who are committed to making sure our student ministries continue during these months of pastoral transition.
Cleaning Shelves for Nzige
Our Annual Mission Garage Sale is rapidly approaching. Held on April 28 and 29, this year’s sale will benefit, in part, the construction of a classroom building in Nzige, Rwanda.
Last week, a team from the Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia was in Rwanda to explore the development of a partnership with another village there. During their trip, they visited Nzige to see the school and the progress that has been made over the past two years as the result of Pearce’s “Linked with Love” partnership. Mark Logan, one of the members of the Northgate team, sent me this photo of the Nzige students.
All of that to say, now’s the time to begin identifying those household items you can donate for this year’s sale! You can begin to bring those items to Pearce on Sunday, April 23, at designated times