There was a BIG wedding Saturday. And no, I’m not talking about the one in England. My niece, Slate and Julie’s daughter, got married. Lena married her long time friend and sweetheart, Luke Reynold’s. I have to give the couple a shout out this morning.
My family was the only one unable to attend the wedding, but that was due to Micah’s graduation Friday night. The weather was great! Not exactly what many people have been able to say this week. All of the young people graduating from this congregation, did so with several honors. It was impressive. Congratulations to all the young people receiving their diploma’s from all our schools.
Speaking of weather, this crazy rain has delayed state playoffs the past week. They will try to get them in today, which should be interesting. Kaitlyn, Madison and their Master’s Academy team, are set for a 10:30 am start. As of 9:30 am, the game is still on. Gage, Nick and the VB high school team are set for a 4 pm first pitch. The baseball team is ready to wait as long as 10 pm to begin their game, if delayed. It should be a fun day. You can keep up with any updates on the churches Facebook page. Click here to get to the site.
Fortunately our Sunday services are inside a “dome.” My favorite part from yesterday was leading our newest song “In Need.” We have been working on it for the past month, on Wednesday nights, but you are never sure how things will go on that first Sunday. It was AMAZING! I wish everyone could have heard from where I was standing. The volume, four part harmony and emotion was off the charts. It sounded like we have been singing it for years. Thanks to everyone for listening to the videos, participating on Wednesday nights and making this a special song for worship. We are now working on our newest song “Highly Exalted.” This is the one David Paladin has wanted us to learn. We want to do this as a going away present to him. This will be the last new song before we take a break for a couple of months. Help us get ready by listening here. We will sing it without any help from the audio this Wednesday.
Speaking of David, the going away party for the Paladins will be June 24th at 5 pm in the Fellowship Hall. It is a Hawaiian theme. Yesterday we began sign-ups for food and clean-up. Let’s send them out with a blast. There are rumors we will throw David into an active Volcano at the end.
Yesterday we looked into the great topic of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God has been with man since the beginning, in darkness, hovering over the chaotic waters as creative life began (Gen. 1:2). The Spirit was the agent of creation, pushing back the darkness with light and bringing order to chaos. He was there breathing life into mankind. Even after the Fall, the Spirit continued to empower servants of God to do His work in our world, and ultimately bring about the manifestation of the Son of God in the person of Jesus (Lk. 1:35). This same Jesus would pour out the Holy Spirit into penitent believers through a liquid anointing (Acts 2:33, 38). Once again, the Spirit of God is hovering over the darkness and chaos of our world, ready to create new life, a new creation, that is imperishable, glorious and spiritual. From that moment on, we are indwelt and guided by the presence of the Spirit in our lives. We continue to live and grow as we stay in tune with His presence within us and His Word. May we allow the Fruit of the Spirit to flow from our lives daily (Gal. 5:22-23).