Gee, NO visitors to my site yesterday! :D:D:D That’s a joke, because my dad posted the Whole Entry in his Facebook status, and lots of people commented there, LOL!!
As one of my aunts commented, our family had a true Remembrance Day celebration–with my Dad, my brother and myself all posting photos & war stories, as well as another aunt posting pictures of the soldiers in her past. And then when I went to bed, I couldn’t believe what happened!
The last thing I do every night before I fall asleep, is some fiction reading. My latest series is about a British detective (Lord Peter Wimsey), by Dorothy Sayers. I’m almost finished the series, and the current setting is the beginning of WWII. And what does Lady Peter say to the discouraged police sargeant? “[C]heer up, not all the news is bad. The news this morning says a whole squadron of the Canadian Air Force have arrived to help us.” !!!!!! (My Dad was in the Air Force!)
In other news, I’m kind of encouraged by some written statements made by a group at our church, about moving away from trying to be “a consumer-driven church”, trying to produce products (“i.e.–uplifting worship services, cutting edge children or youth programs,” etc.)
From a missional perspective, the product that the church produces which attracts people to Jesus is not religious goods and services, but lives which are transformed by the Gospel.
In other words, we don’t want to come up with new “churchy” things to do, but we are called to truly “be the church”. We need to move “towards a higher valuing and attentiveness to the work of the Holy Spirit amidst the relational realities in our midst.”
This was exactly my revelation when I decided, with the children’s ministry, to not worry so much about trying to attract them with flashy programming!!
Speaking of “relational realities”, the verse I blogged 2 years ago fits well: “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
Oh, and today’s Compassion verse is good too–they’re praying for “our friends in Asia” this week: “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” (Acts 13:47)