One of the transitions in my life this summer is that I'm taking over primary pastoral leadership of Central's Sunday evening worship service, The Gathering (Sundays 6 pm in the sanctuary). This task is increasingly becoming a great joy. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the worship tonight -- Nicole, Julie, and Ashley had a Dixie Chicks kind of sound going that was just amazing. Then I got to teach, using some illustrations and ideas that have been rolling around in my head for a couple years, and several people were very engaged with that material. It didn't hurt anything that I was teaching primarily on Colossians 2:20-3:17 which is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest texts in the entire Bible (next to, probably, John 21 and Romans 8, if I had to pick).
So I'm enjoying that. Hopefully, by the way, I'll get some notes from that sermon turned into a useful blog post. One of the fun-to-think-about dimensions of tonight's teaching is the interrelationship between body, soul, and spirit, and how we misunderstand the various parts of the soul, and thus set ourselves up to misunderstand the Bible in a major way.
Like I said, one of these days.
In other news, Central's staff is taking a very short retreat with our coach, Terry Walling. Terry spoke today over lunch at Central and said some very helpful things to a group of about 50 people. He'll be working with our program staff the next couple days to continue our process of moving from a program-oriented church to a people-oriented church. That's a little oversimplified, but it gets the main idea across.
So prayers for the staff, for us to be sensitive to the Spirit and for Terry to be filled so he can equip us, would be much appreciated the next couple days!