I love this time of year! The weather begins to turn cooler, football is back, and we begin our season of festivals and pumpkin-themed everything (confession: I’m not a fan of pumpkin spiced flavoring). I also love this time in the church year because there is so much energy in the church and it’s a great time to get involved in what God is doing through the church. There are so many amazing things happening around the church, and I hope you can find a place to get connected and get involved.
Three times this week, I was told that I seem to have a lot of energy and that my energy has been a good thing for the church. The truth is that I am excited about what God is doing and this excitement energizes me! We are seeing adults connect with the church for the first time; we are seeing other adults reconnect with the church after being away for a while; we are seeing teens and preteens coming to church on Wednesday nights; we are seeing children sharing about their experience of God; we are seeing more people in worship and Sunday School; and we are seeing more and more people get involved in serving others. But all of this is not because of my energy — it is because of the Holy Spirit working in this church and through each of you.
This Sunday, we are beginning a new message series called Reel Faith. In this series, we will be exploring God through six different movies (The Incredibles, The Wizard of Oz, Wonder, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rudy, and The Greatest Showman). If you have never watched these movies, I hope you will make some time for yourself this month and enjoy a movie. All of these are great movies and take us to an alternate world through incredible story-telling. But these movies can also help us understand more about God and our relationship with God. As we explore the first movie in our series this Sunday, The Incredibles, we will be talking about the incredible mission that we have and the incredible spiritual gifts God has given us to accomplish this mission. All of us have incredible gifts; take this online assessment and discover what your spiritual gifts are and let’s talk about God might be calling you to use those gifts in the church.
The Holy Spirit is energizing our community and I pray that you are energized by the Holy Spirit. There are some great things happening at Royston and I cannot wait to see what’s next. I look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00. Have a wonderful weekend!
Come Holy Spirit,
P.S. This Saturday, our church will be at the CSP (Connections for Special Parents) Family Fun Day at Royston Baptist Church from 10 AM-1 PM. We will be handing out chips and balloons for kids. If you are in town and want to come serve with us, let me know by replying to this e-mail. This is a wonderful opportunity to bless our community and I am grateful to Kevin and Lindy McFarlin for the invitation to be part of this special day.