This past Sunday was another weird experience for me. I felt led to remind us of who we want to be as a church, making the connection between the vision statement we’ve agreed upon as a church and the early church as described in Acts chapter 2. I think I got a little too high opinion of myself in the process. Well, that’s not quite right. I sort of freaked myself out with, “This better be good, and if it is good, we can use it more in the future to introduce people to NFC, blah blah blah.”
Here’s a link to what I had prepared. I felt ok about it, but not great. First service, I spoke pretty much what is written here, but I didn’t ask the questions I had prepared about how each of us lives out the different lines of our vision statement. I asked instead if people had any leadings or words or phrases or longings they felt led to share about NFC and the upcoming year. One woman said “healing”, which resonates with what I’ve heard from several other people.
I spent some time praying and listening between services, and decided to really simplify. One of our other pastors wrote a note that reminded me that praise and thanks to God are a key for both being content and longing for more. That really helped me, and I felt much better about what I said in second and third service. It wasn’t hugely different from what I prepared, but it was different. I also changed the questions yet again, and asked people to share things that God had done in the past year for which we could offer thanks, and any longings for the year ahead. The sharing was good.