You know that I have a difficult time inviting people to things that are of an “official” nature related to myself. Somewhere along the way I developed this knee-jerk, over-response to anything that might appear less than genuine. Sometimes, as a church worker, I’ve wondered if in the back of people’s heads there’s this idea of that somehow an invitation by a church worker comes across as “working” my relationships for the benefit of the institution or having a mixed agenda (the success of the program vs. really caring for people).
All that aside, the other side of me always wants to invite my friends and loved ones to be a part of what I’m doing because, well, they are my friends and loved ones and I love having them around. There are so many different people in my life that I would love to connect with each other, especially in the name of Jesus and his kingdom, and just see what happens in the mix. That’s really all I ever want to do, in whatever various ways it happens.
That being said, many of you know that we are starting a new Sunday evening worship service on January 27th at 5:00 pm. I’ll be sharing the message most weeks, and sometimes we will have people like Jay Smith, A.C., and maybe even the likes of Alex Buchner speak to us. Hopefully every week we will hear stories of things God is doing and also find ways of joining those things. There will be great music, but most importantly the music will be led by great people who are trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus and live in the Kingdom. This can be said of all of the people who have been planning this service with us over the past few weeks.
Beyond that, I can’t say exactly what to expect, but I want you know that you’re invited. I would love to have you all in a room together, worshipping and asking, “What would it be like if . . . ” as we pursue the kingdom together.