Best Moment of the Day
I’ve referred occasionally to a long-standing custom in my marriage. At the end of each day, Mary and I will ask each other, “What was your best moment today?”
This past Sunday, I knew what my best moment was. It happened during “Children’s Moments” in worship that morning. I was talking with Emma Draper about her passion for dance. She did a great job sharing about her love for Jesus and how dance provides one of the ways she can express His love.
When I mentioned that I did not have the gift of dance and made a fool of myself when I tried to do so, little Sirona Wainwright, who was sitting next to me, asked, “Pastor Wally, can I say something?” I turned from my interview with Emma to give the microphone to Sirona. She said with all the passion her little frame could muster, “Pastor Wally, you do have the gift of dance! You just have to believe!”
Don’t be surprised if I start dancing in future worship services! (Thanks to Karen Hopkins for snapping a photo of my “best moment of the day!”)
A Deep Longing
This weekend, Pastor Jeremy will continue our series of messages, “Shaped by God’s Story,” with a further consideration of the prophet Isaiah. Last weekend, we considered the “Honest Voices” that speak into our lives as we reflected on Isaiah’s messages of rebuke, encouragement, and invitation. This weekend, the ancient prophet will remind us of our deep longing for someone to deliver us. The theme of the message will be that when our relationship with God is made right, other things in our lives fit into their proper place.
Where in the World is Pastor Wally?
March has proven to be a very odd month for all of us, with storms, power outages, and even having to shut down Pearce at times. Then, of course, the month became even odder with my unexpected hospitalization on March 18/19. So my plans to be gone one weekend (March 11/12) for vacation, suddenly changed and I found myself gone two weekends this month.
Now, I’m going to be gone this weekend! You may ask yourself, “Where in the world is Pastor Wally?” The answer is that I will be honoring a commitment I made last fall to serve as a retreat speaker for the pastors of the Wabash Conference of our denomination. Wabash, if you aren’t familiar with it, encompasses the Free Methodist congregations in Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Mary and I will be traveling on Saturday and Sunday, stopping in Cincinnati to meet with my niece Amanda and her fiancé. I’ll be officiating at their wedding in May and this will provide an opportunity to do some wedding planning with them, as well as provide an overnight stopover. The retreat will be held Monday and Tuesday in Clay City, Indiana and we’ll return to town on Wednesday. I appreciate your prayers for this time and for the Lord’s leading as I share with this team of ministers and their spouses.
Over the past few years, I’ve highlighted our pastoral team’s desire that a congregation be truly intergenerational. In an era when generations are often segmented and divided, we want a wonderful holy and healthy interaction between the various generations to be evident at Pearce.
The past couple of Wednesday evenings, members of various generations have been helping us better understand the outlooks characteristic of each generation. An articulate group of Baby Boomers (Terry Taber, Bev Faro, and Julie Grimm) helped us understand the world view of those born between 1946 and 1964. Last evening, Aimee Lyon, Rob Repass, and Becky Draper invited us into the world of Generation X (1965-1980). This coming Wednesday, Andrew Dorr, Honna Curtis, and Melissa Lampanaro will invite us into the world of Millennials (1981-2000).
I invite you attend this informational gathering next Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30pm in Room 81 on the lower level of Pearce’s education wing.