Thursday, September 22

Weekly Update

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the Lord
Psalm 117

I believe that the details are important, the little things the tedious things even. Yet, I also know that there is a temptation to get lost in the details, to not see God in them but to treat the details as God. This is not a tendency I have but it is a temptation. The point of all we do is summed up in the praise of the above psalm. The details should glorify God. The solution to the temptation to get caught up in the details is not to advocate spontaneity nor claim that institutions are the evil we must fight against, but to find balance. There is ecstasy in this psalm but it is not simply ecstatic, and it calls us to reflect on what is old in God, what has endured, what is faithful not simply the unexpected and the unknown. There are times to be spontaneous, and recognize we cant always predict the movement of the Spirit, but at the same time we proclaim a God who has cared about the details: from the design of the tabernacle/temple to the organization of Israelite life, to entering into the very daily life of humanity as Jesus of Nazareth.
There are many details for us to deal with as we continue on this journey as a fledgling church. We have now had two Sundays in our new space. We are still attempting to settle into the space. In some ways it suits us well in others it provides certain challenges. But then all of our spaces have been like that just in differing ways. We certainly have room to grow.
We are getting ever closer to our consultation meeting of October 15 at North Shore Baptist church. Keep that meeting in your prayers we hope God will give us clarity as we attempt to move forward in various areas from outreach to communicating Reconciler to our respective denominations.
We also have scheduled a congregational meeting for October 9
thafter the evening service for the purpose of beginning to live into the constitution we ratified several weeks ago and to meet as a congregation to discuss various things on the horizon for Reconciler. May God prepare our hearts and minds for that meeting and may we be open to Gods well as we move forward.
I pray that we will be open to Gods leading in these details.

In Christ,
Larry