Come and join us for Kick Off Sunday! Or any Sunday!
January 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
It’s a little like that first day of school. Of course you’re wondering who’s going to show up? Will you like them? What will the preacher be like? Will I be okay? Will I have any friends?
All valid questions.
Who’s going to show up? I’m not sure, but I can assure you we’ll be friendly and welcoming. Whether you are outgoing or shy, don’t worry, no one will put you on the spot to say or do anything that might make you feel uncomfortable. I can assure you that you will be greeted and made to feel welcome. We are a family and we want you to feel like you just came for a visit and perhaps you’ll want to stay.
Will you like everybody? Maybe, maybe not. But being a part of a church is like being in a family. You probably don’t like everybody in your family, but you’re stuck with them because they are family. The Bible says that God uses this unique group of people to help you become a more beautiful person. You learn how to love people who aren’t like you, appreciate the differences, see life from different viewpoints. You may find friends who appreciate you for the first time in your life, just for who you are. In the church, we love each other as we are, but we love each other so much, we won’t settle for less than what we can become.
What will the teacher be like? Since I’m the one writing this, I guess I would tell you, I am very friendly and I really enjoy people a great deal. When I see someone, my first thought is, “What’s your story?” I really want to know you. At the same time, I love Jesus and the Bible as well. So in the context of church, I really enjoy finding the most creative and powerful way to teach the Bible so people can meet Jesus. I see the Bible not as a book of rules, but a story about God. So I hope you will come and listen to me tell the greatest story ever told. I really enjoy laughter and having fun, so our fellowship will be filled with a lot of joy.
Will you be okay? That’s a good question. Because you are coming to a place where you will possibly encounter God, I can’t promise that you will be okay. One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. In the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when Susan finds out that Aslan is a Lion, she questions the Beaver about him. Here’s their exchange: “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
You’re quite possibly going to encounter the King of the Universe – and I must tell you, He isn’t safe, but He’s good. And He loves you more than you can possibly know.
Should you come? YES
Will you come? Well, that’s up to you. I hope you will.