Meeting Jesus & Meeting Others
School has started and parents are starting to breathe easier now that their family can enter a routine that is not crazy and exhausting (maybe I only speak for myself). However, I have quickly realized that I have simply traded one inconvenience for another. Oh, how quickly I forgot all of the nuances associated with children and school. One of the hot topics in my house is homework. Now to be clear, our school system does not issue a lot of homework, but any homework is clearly the end of the world for a child in the Smith house. We spend countless hours debating “why” we have to do homework. Yes you heard me right, we spend hours debating “why”, before we “do” the thirty minutes of homework. My son likes to express his discontent by informing me that “I can’t wait until I am done with school, so I never have to learn another thing again.” He displays immense frustration as I explain to him that life does not work that way. Honestly, when we stop learning, life loses momentum. I like to use the term “discovery”. One of the most energizing parts of life is discovery. Some might even argue that discovery is the foundation of humanity. I feel this exhilaration every time I prepare for a Bible teaching. There is little that can compare with the continual discovery of the riches in God’s Word. The moment we think we have it figured out, we find that it goes even deeper. We could spend the rest of our lives in pure discovery in the pages of Scripture.
This fall, we have started a study in Matthew 8-9. We are calling the study, “When People Meet Jesus”. But, you should know that the real intent behind this Wednesday night Bible study is fresh discovery. We are studying the two chapters in the book of Matthew that record a majority of Matthew’s messianic miracles. If you read through these chapters, you might realize that you know most of these stories quite well. I would challenge you to freshen up on these texts. On Wednesday night, we are discovering how deep some of these miracles really go. We are taking the time to look back into the Old Testament and see how these events fit with some of the major redemptive themes presented. We are also taking the time to see how they are setting a paradigm for the function of the church through the power of Christ. The richness of the text is exhilarating and challenging. We have a great group who are jumping in feet first. I would invite anyone, who wants to study the text deeper, to join us for this study.
Before I close this letter, I would like to circle back to the introduction. School has started and there are a lot of new opportunities with children and families for the sake of the Gospel. In a few weeks (Sept. 17th) we will be inviting all of our preschool families to join us for worship on Sunday morning. This is a great opportunity for our church to break our usual routine and love on some families who need the hope of the Gospel. If your family attends the second service and does not have a preschooler or connection to LWP in some way, would you consider one of the following for Sept. 17th?
1. With all of these children, we will need “all hands on deck” in the children’s ministry. Would you pray about offering your time to the children’s ministry that Sunday morning? This is priority number one and would be greatly appreciated.
2. Would you consider joining the 8:30am service for worship? Our 8:30am saints would love to have you worship with them.
If you attend the 8:30am service, would you welcome the families that join you for worship on the 17th? And would you also pray about serving in the children’s ministry on that morning?
We are excited about the opportunity we have to love these preschool families on this special “preschool” Sunday. I know that the Lord has placed us in a position, as a church, to care and love for these families in a way that clearly communicates the Gospel. We pray the real work of the Lord in each of their lives.