Sunday, April 13, 2008

Rake Therapy

My three week sermon series wrapped up today. Overall I'm really happy with it. I think God showed up all three weeks and challenged hearts and changed some mindsets about Christianity and the role of the church. I'm going to try to post some overflow material from the series in the next few days. Stuff that hit the cutting room floor during the edit process all three weeks.

The ServErie meetings were also a great success. We had printed 225 feedback cards and we had one left when all was said and done. Can you imagine what an army of 225 motivated people, set loose to serve the poor and the downtrodden in our city, could do? What kind of impact a group like that could have? Heck Jesus changed the world with 12 ordinary guys...what might he have done with 225 at his disposal?! I'm pumped to see what is going to happen.

Jim F. who has been part of the leadership core team for ServErie since the beginning about 4 months ago - reminded me today that about 1 year ago he came in to talk to me to ask for advice. His wife had been offered a sweet job in Pittsburgh and they were considering moving. He asked what the next big thing was that the church was planning to see if he might be a part of it. I cast the vision for ServErie and they decided to stay and be a part of it! God has blessed their decision - and he grabbed me after the sea of people left the commons today and said, "this is why we stayed!" I was ready to conquer the world!

This afternoon when I got home - I crashed on the couch watching the Masters for about 15 minutes. I popped an Excedrin Migraine to fend off a coming headache and headed outside to rake the yard. It was a perfect day and some awesome therapy after a really busy weekend.


Danielle said...

personally, i really loved this series. it was very timely. you always do a great job.

i'm shocked at the ServErie numbers...that's incredible. now, i just have to get that jacked-up banner fixed. :-/

Anonymous said...

I too was very challenged by your series and excited about the ServErie opportunity. Thanks for bringing it, Derek.