Welcome to August, NewLife. Maybe it is just me, but it seems the days are going by faster and time is speeding by me. 2022 is over half behind us – the kids are heading back to school soon – and football games and Friday night lights are just around the corner.
So what does all that mean, you ask.
We don’t have time to miss Jesus. We don’t have the luxury of being selfish and fearful. We must step into our relationship with Jesus and others, intentionally now – before it is too late.
As John 20:1-18 shares, Mary missed Jesus. Simon Peter missed Jesus. So how do we not miss Him? The first place we must start is in our own heads. Mary couldn’t see Jesus because she had already made up her mind what her reality was. She believed someone stole the body of Jesus. She wasn’t looking for a Victory of Death Savior, but a body of her teacher.
NewLife – let us think about God intentionally and desperately pray that our eyes are open to Him and His works around us. Let us not assume we know what is going on – but to step into the chaos knowing full well that the Spirit is with us and is in complete control of things – and will always remain with us despite our circumstances.
So let's try this NewLife:
PS – The term I couldn't come up with Sunday was The Shroud of Turin - which some believe to be Jesus' burial face covering.
I shared an important announcement on Sunday. Beginning late August, I will have the privilege of helping take care of my new grandson a couple of days a week. I’m really looking forward to this, but knew that I couldn’t take that on while working so much here at NewLife, taking care of my family, and being available to help my parents.
So, at the end of August, I’ll be transitioning out of my role as Worship Team Leader and Church Ministries Coordinator. I’ll still be working in the office on Wednesdays to take care of some administrative details. I’ll still be an involved member of the congregation, leading worship here once per month, and leading the SALT&LIGHT Team.
Pastor Kyle will be taking on the role of the Worship Team Leader, under his role as Associate Pastor. I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this change in leadership so you’d know who to contact with questions or comments.
It has been such a great experience leading the Worship Team. I’ve made amazing friends along the way, learned so much, and enjoyed the creative outlet this has provided. I want to thank all the members of the Worship Team for all that you do and the time that you give. I also want to give a big thank you to Andy and the Elders for allowing me this opportunity to grow and use the gifts God has given me AND also for your grace and understanding in this new season of my life. I sure appreciate you all.
Your sister in Christ,