Monday Morning Musings

Hi all. So happy for the women’s retreat. By all accounts, it went very well. I love how during an event like this people always say, “You know, I’ve never really talked to that person on Sunday morning, but now, given the time and opportunity at the retreat, I’ve got to know her. Now, we can interact on Sunday morning not just as acquaintances, but as friends and perhaps even find a connection beyond that. I met with the Men’s Retreat Leadership Team on Sunday morning after church. We’re hoping to create the same kind of bonds with each other (only better…we are MEN after all) at the men’s retreat.

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Most of you know that Kevin Lehman went home to be with Jesus last Monday morning. It’s really tough on Kelly and the rest of the family, so please pray for them. Beyond the grief, which is real and palpable, I can honestly say I LOVE hearing all the stories about a person when they pass. I’m finding out so much about Kevin that I didn’t know. People that he helped. Folk’s lives that he touched. His humility. It always reminds me of what Jesus said, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” May we all win that kind of award.

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BTW, if you’re coming to the funeral of Kevin on Thursday morning at 11 AM at The River, maybe bring either some extra baking goods or some extra sandwiches—we could probably use both.

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Can I encourage you to do something tangible to remember Holy Week—this week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Choose to give up something you love as a fast. Choose, as a family, to read the gospel stories of Jesus’ passion around the supper table at night. Choose to come to the Good Friday service, which will be very tangible this year, and meaningful for all ages. Choose to put some Lent/Easter songs into your playlist. It’s like choosing to remember someone’s birthday. You have to choose to do it for it to be meaningful.

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