Dec 7, 2009

Monday Morning Clarity

The Christmas holiday season is underway in a powerful way at Sixth Street. What a great Sunday yesterday! Great music, hopefully inspiring message, and the gospel presented through music.
  • Big thanks to Marie Tidwell and her team for the awesome job they did decorating the church campus last week. They spent many late evenings putting up wreaths, spraying snow, and decorating the trees. It looked awesome and created a very festive spirit allowing us to worship the gift that God has sent.
  • The adult choir hit a home run last night with their Christmas musical. I heard several comments from attendees that this was the best program that Sixth Street has ever put on. It was awesome to see the name of Jesus lifted up and the gospel so clearly declared through music. Not only did it sound good, it was biblical and evangelistic too. Thanks to Kevin, Angela and the tech crew, and all the choir for giving Jesus your best.
  • Yesterday, we looked at the character of Joseph and what happens when God's plan interrupts your plans. Ultimately, we saw that 1) Our present circumstances do not always tell the whole story. 2) My reactions to divine interruptions expose what's in my heart. 3) God's plan usually seems impossible, at first. 4) God will work through our faith to bring glory to himself. The summary was "What we may view as an interruption, God may view as our destiny."
  • Last minute preparations are underway this week for our Children's Christmas musical Sunday night at 6 PM. Please make plans to join us. I know the kids have worked real hard and will do a super job!
  • Don't forget our emphasis on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. There are as many as 600 SBC missionaries that may not get to go to the field this year because of budget shortfalls. Our church goal is $10,000. It's ambitious, but I believe extremely achievable. Please take some money you might spend on another Christmas present that might not get used and give it instead to support the mission of making disciples around the world. As of today, we have collected $6,261. Help us reach the goal!
  • I had some wonderful gifts yesterday from some church members. Reminds me that being a pastor does have it's privileges. I am humbled and honored to serve alongside some great people.
  • Our church council met last week for the first of several meetings to formulate our vision and strategy to make disciples at Sixth Street. I hope that soon in the new year, we will have a vision and plan to help us turn the corner.
  • I have seen a lot of new visitors the last few weeks. Some of this is due to the holidays, but I hope we will continue to be a church that lovingly welcomes all people with the life-transforming truth of the gospel.

Verse of the week - "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6