Friday, May 22, 2009

Change is nothing to fear

It seems in starting a new church that there are days with lots of changes happening at the same time and then others where things are much calmer and more manageable. The last several weeks have been filled with more changes and decisions that must be made than anytime since we first started back in September 2004. Here's a little rundown of things that are happening that you can be praying about:

- God has answered our prayers in the area of worship leadership.
Sherry, my amazingly talented wife, has done an outstanding job of organizing all of our music since Freedom began over four years ago. Those of you who come to GHS every Sunday morning know how her hard work and dedication in that area has made a huge impact on the lives of so many people. Sherry and I both have been praying for over a year that God would provide someone else to take over that job for her. The reason we have prayed this is not because she doesn't enjoy it and not because she can't do it. We have prayed this because there are a couple of jobs she has that only she can do, and they are more important than organizing and leading the worship team at Freedom. Those jobs are : wife, mother, and home-school teacher! We can't hire someone else to do any of those jobs, but we can hire someone else to lead worship! After much prayer and discussion we will introduce Chris Roberts on May 31 as our new big cheese of worship at Freedom. (we're not big on titles around here, so big cheese of worship sounds as good as anything else.) He will officially begin on June 7. I'll tell you more about Chris later, but for now I want you to pray for Chris, his wife April and their two sons, Tad and Grant as they make this transition. Also pray for Sherry during the transition, and for Freedom and the impact our church can have on people in the arena of music.

- Lake Robinson Community Church will have their final worship service on Sunday.
This will be a very emotional time for all the folks who given so much of their lives to the birth and ministry of that church. Pray for them on Sunday as you get ready to come to Freedom. They will be joining us in worship on 5/31. I will write some next week about what we need to do to welcome them properly when they arrive.

- Lord's Supper is this Sunday.
If you'd like to get prepared here are three passages of scripture that God will use to teach us on Sunday: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Matthew 26:6-13, John 6:53-56

I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, and I'm looking forward to walking through these next several months of big time transitions with you as well!

1 comment:

Kevin Massey said...

Cliff It seems like God is doing an amazing work at your church under your leadership. It's so great to hear about what is happening. I'll be praying for you during these transitions. I've bee trying to discover what God wants to use me for also since leaving FC. I feel God may be calling me also to plant a church here in our area. Remember me as well as I seek to discover His will for my life.