I normally try to draw inspiration for my Dye-a-logue from current events. But this past week has been fairly dull. I mean, a lot of manual labor on Monday and Tuesday, then sitting in my office with no electricity each day…
Oh yeah: there was that storm early Monday morning that caused the work on Monday and Tuesday and the lack of electricity until Thursday afternoon.
We have many reasons to be thankful...but I think I will wait to elaborate on those reasons until next Sunday (November 3).
Monday morning, I texted a video of the storm’s aftermath to Rachel. She replied with “Oh no, what are you going to do?” She then said she would put our congregation on her (and now Jamie’s) club prayer page and on the “Thundering Herd” (Harding’s marching band) prayer page.
I didn’t ever actually answer Rachel’s question. But now I’d like to answer her slightly altered question: “What are (we) going to do?”
We are going to clean up the mess (which we started Monday morning).
We are going to make repairs to the church building.
We are going to assist our members who were adversely affected by the storm.
We are going to help those in our community who suffered loss due to the storm.
We are going to continue to pray for God’s blessings on our congregation.
We are going to give praise and glory to God for His infinite love and mercy.
When it comes right down to it, what else can we do?
God is good all the time and all the time God is good!
If you go into our fellowship room, you may notice something different. The chalk boards have been replaced with white boards.
First, thanks to Linn Rice for the removal of the chalk boards (with no damage to the sheetrock walls...a most remarkable feat) and the installation of the white boards.
But if you look closely, you may notice something odd. The white boards are held in place by four screws, one in each corner. The screws are supposed to be covered by a small piece of rubber called a corner guard. These guards have small pegs that fit into holes in the frame of the white board that hold the guard in place. 10 of the 12 corners have these covers, two do not.
At some point, between manufacturing and arrival at our building, the pegs on two of these corner guards “warped” or “swelled” or, well, for whatever reason, the pegs did not align with the holes in the frame.
It’s a small thing. It’s not really even noticeable. If you looked, you likely could not tell which corners don’t have the guards. The trouble is that I know...and I think that since the white boards are brand new they should be perfect.
So I called the company we purchased the boards from. In the course of talking, I mentioned that I knew it was a small thing, but they were new boards. The lady agreed and said, “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m going to...its kind of like sin: big or small its all the same to the good Lord.”
As Christians, God’s desire for us is that we seek to live for Him. We do our best, but sometimes we mess up. It can be a “big” thing or it may be a “little” thing (you know, hardly worth mentioning at all, even). But to the One who knows all, even the “little” shortcomings were noticeable enough to Him that He sent His Son to die on the cross.
Whether your sin is big or small, God has provided a way for that sin to be forgiven and a way for you to be made perfect. He loves you THAT much!
Revelation 14 speaks of the “144,000 redeemed souls” singing a new song. In Psalm 40:3, David writes of God, “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”
So, it would seem that learning new songs is a good thing. Having said that…
Do you enjoy singing? Do you like to learn new songs? Would you like to help incorporate new songs into our worship assemblies?
If this is you, I’d like to hear from you. At some point in the week, other than on Sunday or Wednesday, I’d like to get some people together who enjoy singing and like to learn new songs that we can then incorporate into our worship assemblies.
As soon as we know who is interested in participating, we will meet and figure out the best location (either the church building or someone’s house), the best evening and best time so that as many as possible can get together.
Some may be asking the all-important question, “Why?” Fair question. Most people don’t like it when the song leader leads an unfamiliar song. And if it is unfamiliar not just to them, but to pretty much everyone else...it’s even more uncomfortable.
By having a time where, hopefully, a good number of our members come together and learn the song before hand we can eliminate the uncomfortable feelings of the audience and even the song leader leading a “new” song.
Another question that some may have is do I have to be a “good” singer to come? Also a fair question. The answer is an emphatic NO! You just have to want to be there, want to sing, want to learn new songs, and want to praise God.