Thanks so much for the warm send-off you gave Dr. Gail Atchison on Sunday. Gail played an important role in our church during her nine months of internship with us and I know we will miss her. Pray for her as see progresses on toward ordination in Metropolitan Community Churches. With just a few more steps to go, I know she will appreciate your prayerful support.
This Sunday we welcome Nashville recording artist Justin Ryan and his “just married” husband Scott Bryant. Justin as grown up around MCC and has sung for our churches and events all over the country. You’ll love his music and his story. Come prepared with an “over-and-above” love offering for Justin. I’ll be back in the pulpit, our Praise Band will be leading part of our worship and we’ll enjoy this special mini-concert by Justin Ryan. Here’s a little sample of Justin’s music – I’m Not the Enemy.
We want to share an update with you on Project Higher Ground. We now have a signed contract with a buyer for the property. This process, as we’ve shared with you, will take about nine months to complete. Your Board and I worked diligently to make sure we got the best possible deal for the church, and we believe we did. Let’s all join together in prayer that the process moves smoothly and in a timely manner. We’ll update you every step of the way.
This Sunday I’ll be preaching from Psalm 91;
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For Adonai will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence and will cover you with God’s pinions, and under Gods wings you will find refuge; God’s faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For Adonai will command the angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.
The sermon is called, “Facing Mountains.” Think about that for a while as you begin to prepare for worship on Sunday. Let’s discern together what God has to share with us this coming week. Be here and bring some friends. I look forward to seeing you again very soon.