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And So We Worship

November 29, 2023


Leadership Notes


     Remember, as worship attendance grows, it is kosher to park on the grass behind the parking lot. The only requirement is, as Presbyterians, it should be done decently and in order {1 Corinthians 14:40}.


     Whilst on the subject of decent orderliness, I trust your Thanksgiving, however you celebrated it, was a blessing. Through the generosity of the wonderful people of Covenant Church, we used our HoneyBaked Ham Co. gift card to buy our roasted turkey. To quote a lovely person from our church, “Welcome to the ‘we’ll never roast another Thanksgiving turkey’ club.” This after I texted her that it was the best turkey we’ve ever had. With or without a gift card, it will be our new go-to for Thanksgiving. Plus, it gets shipped to your house. You don’t have to drive anywhere to pick it up. How good is that?


     God is good all the time…life is good…because Jesus Christ is Lord and he has prepared a place of us in His Father’s House. And so we worship. Joyfully. Weekly. As the Bible says, in spirit and in truth. God is building a wonderful church here at 5290 Milwaukee Road. You are beautiful people, not because of anything you’ve done, but because of how you live out of the truth of what Christ has done in and for you. Never forget, Jesus has chosen you to follow him. We can all say, “Amen” to that.


     {AFK}


     Okay, I’m back. This LN was interrupted - pleasantly so, I might add – by my weekly reading to a kindergarten class at Tecumseh Acres. I love the teacher and the kids. I’ve been doing this for so long that some of the kids I’ve read to in the past are sending their kids to kindergarten.


     Anyway, when I finished the book, I asked the teacher if I could ask the kids a question about Thanksgiving. She gave me the green light. So I asked this group of precious kindergartners what one thing was their favorite Thanksgiving Day food. I reminded them to think for themselves, not simply giving me the answer one of the previous kids gave. That happens…and it’s a groupthink habit I subtly try to steer them clear of.


     Here are some of the responses:


-Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole {the usual suspects}, broccoli cheese soup, rolls, deviled eggs, Chuck E. Cheese {he was reminded it was a Thanksgiving food, not your favorite place to eat}, cranberries, brownies, chicken, and one adult said Turkey potpie made with leftovers. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow…


     As we enjoy our preparations for Christmas between now and then, may we take time to savor and wrap our hearts and minds around all that God has done for us. Our hearts are filled with cheer, for all Christ is for us. And I thank God daily for the wonderful people He has chosen to be a part of this beautiful little church here in this beautiful state in the heart of America.


     And now, your Moment of Spurgeon:


“All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing

us; both when we sleep and when we wake, His mercy waits upon

us.”


With Much Love and Affection,


     Richard

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