April 10, 2015
NEW SERVICE TIMES: 9:30 AND 10:50 A.M. THIS SUNDAY! If you have been thinking about making the switch to the earlier Well (contemporary) service, this is the week.
This especially makes it easier for families with children. I wanted to share with you a note from Kim Meyers, our minister to Children and their families, regarding the impact of service times on Children’s ministry: “I am so excited about our updated service times! It will give a consistency and ease with our Sunday morning that has been absent. Our families will have a streamlined experience with worship and programming. We will be together in the halls, no matter what service you attend. The children will be receiving a full hour of God’s big story. I know that this is going to be such a positive change for St. Andrew.”
IF IT IS WORTH DOING, IT IS WORTH DOING WELL
My great-grandmother had a saying: “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” I remember that this mostly came out of my parent’s mouth when I was supposed to be cleaning my room. I would do a bad job of picking up, and one of my parents would come in and say, “Well, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well!” I never was a kid to talk back to my parents, so I don’t remember saying anything snarky back to them; but in my head every time I was thinking, “Well, let’s not clean my room then!” I would simply rather not do some things than do them well.
I often have wondered what Jesus would say about things like this. Would he tell me that cleaning my room was an important spiritual issue? Or simply that I need to honor my father and mother and suck it up and do it? In my most bored moments of cleaning, I wonder whether Jesus ever had to clean his room, and whether it bothered him as much as it had bothered me? The Bible doesn’t really give me a clear answer on that last question, but I do know that Jesus lived and preached a truth that my grandmother knew – life is often about priorities.
One time, a person came up to Jesus and said, “I wish to follow you, but first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said “Let the dead bury the dead.” Essentially, if following Jesus is worth it, then do it to the fullest.
- I believe this about worship – if it is how we worship God, then let us do it with excellence.
- I believe this about faith – if it really offers salvation, then we must live by faith every moment.
- I believe this about church – if it is the community that helps shape our faith, then we must commit.
- I believe this about our marriage – if we commit to one person, let us do so every day.
- I believe this about our children – if we are to raise them in faith, then we must look for opportunities every day to do so.
This is why St. Andrew is making service time changes. We prioritize our families and welcoming new people into our church. We also have a new process for welcoming families with children with a centralized children’s check-in by the bookstore. (You can just follow the new signage.) We want you to know that, when you bring visitors here, you can count on our church making their experience a priority. Why? Because it’s worth doing. And as my grandmother says, if that is the case, then it is worth doing well. See you on Sunday at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m.