Posted by: Ed | May 9, 2011

IMMOVABLE 3 – BURNED BRIDGES and the Weekend that Was

The weekends at Journey lately feel like one of those clown cars at a circus – you know a tiny little car in which full grown clowns keep getting out. There seems to be a never endi

This definitely was one of those super packed weekends. I should say ANOTHER one of those super packed weekends because lately it feels like one of those circus clown cars (you know where this tiny little cars pulls up & a ridiculous number of clowns keep coming out of that thing).

WORSHIP

O.k. I’ll just admit it, it feels like I say the same thing every week, but the Worship was powerful this week. Lately “In Christ Alone” is rocking my world, especially since we are in a series that is kind of Easter & Beyond”. It seemed like every song was custom designed to nourish MY soul.

BABY DEDICATION
I had a humorous back and forth with a FB friend who is a single guy on the whole baby dedication thing. I don’t think most guys are as bad as I was as a single guy. But man a switch went off somewhere in me sometime after my kids were born and when we’re up there it feels like a really significant moment for these families. I happened to know a lot of the stories of the couples and their babies this time around. There were miracles on that stage!

MOM’S DAY
We had a special tribute to mother’s planned. One of the mothers on our programming team had the idea of doing the Beatles, “She Loves You” with the pics of the moms and their kids that our ace photographer Dan Matticks (thanks again my friend for all your service!) had put together.

Friday and 9:00 went flawlessly but we had a perfect storm of technical difficulties at 11:00. I think our people recovered nicely. I’m going to look in to getting it on line for a couple of days (copyright issues with the song keep it from being up any longer – so no promises) for all you who missed it.

MESSAGE ON RECONCILIATION

One of my favorite passages to speak on is 2 Corinthians 5. It’s such a “Change is Possible” passage. I think believing, really having faith that people can change, heck that I can change, is one of the biggest issues we face in our lives following Jesus. This is why those “Burned (relational) Bridges” seem so immovable. I love how Paul explains how Jesus blow this idea up!

OUR MOTHER’S DAY
My wife’s big mother’s day desire was to just have everyone around in the afternoon, not have to cook and not have to clean up after someone else cooked. Pizza it is! It was really fun. But there was a moment that it became obvious I could get a few minutes of Laker watching in. Wow, BIG mistake! I tried to put on a happy face after that, but… Seriously – the lesson is simple: don’t watch sports on Mother’s day! Got it!

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Responses

  1. OK, I guess for a single guy, baby dedications can be less than exciting. But as a mother, and also knowing some of the miracle stories on the stage, I was BAWLING! So very beautiful and wondrous that we all get to take part.

    And seriously, sports on Mother’s Day?! What are you, new? :)

  2. I held off the tears until you talked about the one wife & mother whose husband is in Iraq. That turned me into a big cry baby… dangit!

  3. My favorite part of the Sunday service at 9am was Tic hosting and everyone staying put at the end while he did his closing comments. He actually had to say, “You’re dismissed.”

  4. The little baby holding your finger forever still brings a smile to me everytime I think about Sunday’s service. Wonderful service and it made me think about some bridges that I need to work on.

  5. I”m thinking about last Wednesday when the Journey prayer group prayed in front of the sancturary. We startrd praying for the worship leaders and worship and we ended up entering in for moms, broken hearts, wayward kids and burned bridges. It turned out to be a prayer time that was wildly anionted. I feel impressed lately that not only is God liking the things Journey is doing and how we are doing it, but also Journey has more helpers than people counted. “Lord open our eyes that we may see and behold the mountains filled with the horses and chariots of fire- the Lord of hosts!”. A prayer of Elisha


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