This Sunday, June 25th, is Meet the Pastor Sunday. Jeff and Amy will be in Room 102 during the Sunday School Hour to meet with anyone who would like to get to know them better. Sunday School starts at 10:10am. Nursery and children’s programming available during this time.
This past week was full of celebrations that I was either a witness to, or participated in. Celebration of a Memorial Holiday, celebration of a new marriage, celebrations of anniversaries, celebration of a life well lived, celebrations of graduating high school, and a celebration of the beginning of camp season. To be honest, I’m exhausted…but it’s a good tired. There were so many smiles this past Saturday at the wedding I officiated for Nick and Lindsey (Stone) Salem. So much joy at the beginning of a life long commitment, so much happiness.
We also had a couple at the church this weekend that was celebrating 60 years of marriage! Way to go Adam and Janet Wireman! You are an inspiration!
We celebrated Sunday afternoon at Hanging Rock Christian Camp where we participated in Celebrate Good Times – the camp’s annual Summer Kick Off Event. Saw so many friends as 30 churches gathered together to welcome in the camp season.
There was another celebration of sorts that I participated in this last week as well… a celebration of life. We said “see you later” to Sandy Maas at her Celebration of Life service last Thursday, along with an internment service this morning. While Bob and the rest of the family and those of us who called Sandy friend are still shocked and grieving her loss… we also celebrate because we know that Sandy is resting with the Lord. We celebrate because she lived life to it’s fullest, and finished her race well.
It is important to celebrate. The word celebrate shows up in scriptures sixty-eight times. All through the Old Testament God’s people celebrated. Usually they were festivals that honored God or remembered God for what he had done. Jesus even celebrated – he performed his first miracle at a wedding celebration, and he celebrated all the traditional Jewish feast and festivals, including Passover. Jesus also taught a parable that talked about a celebration that took place when a lost son returned home; a picture of how God and all of heaven celebrates when a lost person is found and redeemed by Jesus Christ!
Celebrations happen for three reasons…
- To honor God’s involvement and provision: The Feast of Tabernacles, the Festival of the Harvest (Weeks), The Festival of the Unleavened Bread, and Passover were all celebrations of what God had provided Israel.
- To mark special occasions and remember: The Lord’s Supper is a weekly celebration to remember what Jesus did on the cross. We have several holidays and other special days that we still observe events that happened, and we celebrate and remember.
- To encourage each other and build each other up: Celebration is something that goes up to honor God, but it is also something we do that goes laterally as well…from person to person that causes us to feel the power of the Holy Spirit connecting us together. Celebration of personal and corporate victories, baptisms, weddings, Celebration of Life Services, Christmas, Easter, and the list can go on and on…we need to celebrate regularly when God moves us as a church. We need to recognize what he has done…but we also must celebrate together to build up the spirit of unity and love. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:11…“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Brady Lane Church – we are going to be a church that celebrates God…we are going to celebrate our victories in Him, we are going to celebrate to remember and we are going to celebrate to build each other up and encourage each other! I look forward to celebrating with all of you!
West Lafayette Christian Church will be joining us at Brady Lane for SHAVING CREAM WARS! Each student is asked to bring 2 cans of shaving cream with them. The event is this Sunday night from 6-8pm – and includes pizza, gaga-ball, basketball, and MORE! This event is for our Jr. and Sr. High Students (7-12th Grades)
Memorial Day and Some Thoughts!
Hey everyone. Happy Memorial Day! I hope that it was a good day for you and your family. Amy and I had a wonderful day that followed a pretty good weekend. After spending Friday with our daughter Ashton and her husband James and our grand-daughter Emory, we had a great Lord’s Day with our church family, followed by a beautiful Monday with family and working around our house.
It was also a weekend of reflecting. I am thankful for God’s love and provision. I appreciate the opportunities I have been blessed with as a guy from a working class family having – getting to go to higher education on three occasions, earning degrees and certifications. Having a family that loves me and supports me is a blessing as well. God has given me so much and continues to provide love and direction for my life…but He does so because I continue reach for Him, I continue to seek Him, I continue to have a healthy fear of his wrath – while I embrace His love. I work daily (not always succeeding mind you) at keeping his covenant with me through the Blood of Jesus Christ…that covenant was my salvation provided by Christ, through my faith…and because of that salvation that He has given me I strive to obey Him and what he has taught. My instruction on this comes from my scripture from my personal study today from Psalm 103:17-18…
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
It really comes down to always remembering what Jesus did for me. You want the key to being a growing disciple of Jesus? It is simply this idea of keeping a constant memorial of Jesus’ blood sacrifice. We do this in our worship services through our communion time, but we need to daily remember the sacrifice of Christ. It’s when we keep his suffering for us at the forefront of our minds, that we burn with the desire to grow closer to Him. REMEMBERING is the KEY!
Jeff and Amy look forward to meeting YOU!
This Sunday, May 28th, Jeff and Amy will be holding the Meet the Pastor with Donuts and Coffee during our Sunday School Hour (10:10 am to 10:50 am). If you are new to Brady Lane Church and would like to get to know Jeff and Amy a little better and ask questions about the church we would love for you to attend. The group meets in ROOM 102. HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY!