Well I pray that you all had a wonderful and restful Easter Sunday. Our family attended the 8:30 am service at Benson Baptist for Easter Worship. It was a full house with a mix of the normal early service folks, some of the second service folks and no small number of the folks that only seem to be able to make it to church for Christmas and Easter. Pastor Paul and his staff put together a great worship time and the choir did a wonderful job with their portion. It's sad that these days one rarely sees a full choir perform for a worship service.
I still haven't gotten Maddie to get the video for my Palm Sunday Sermon online for me, though she apparently found out what was going on and loaded an app on her phone and computer. She was in the process of uploading from her phone yesterday but never got to the point where she was ready to put the video on youtube for me. Hopefully, she'll get it up for me next weekend when she's home again. If not I'm going to have to breakdown and buy an actual video camcorder so I don't have to rely on her phone.
The Maundy Thursday Service at Judson went very well and was a nice little service. Not a big crowd but it's a very small church and there is a limited number of folks that come to Maundy Thursday Services anyway, but the church has always had a service for Holy Thursday and we kept that tradition alive for them. Gail recorded the service on her phone but it's too long to put up, I can't believe anyone but me would commit the time to watch it all again. We recorded it strictly for my own use in reviewing and correcting anything that needs to be corrected in future services. I haven't tried taking it off of Gail's phone actually since it's the exact same phone as Maddie's I'm sure I'll run into the same conflicts, sometimes I don't think it's worth updating your technology.
On Friday night several of the men from Sunset Hills Baptist met me at Mary Alice's (Gail's mother) house and helped me clean up her yard. She has some enormous trees and we pulled 43 lawn bags of leaves and 8 trash cans of branches out of her small back yard. The front yard had already been cleaned up for spring. There is likely another 2 or 3 bags worth of leaves back there but we ran out of bags and it was getting dark as well. My mentor Bob Molby was one of the men and we visited for a while after the rest of the men had left. I loaned Bob a couple of books when we had lunch a couple weeks back and he returned them to me already. Bob preached at Judson Baptist yesterday and I haven't heard how it went but Bob has so many years in the pulpit that there is no way he can give anything but a great sermon.
Maddie's car broke down on her Friday night as she was running an errand and we had to have it towed to the shop. I'll be waiting today to hear just what is the matter with it, not exactly what I needed right now as her last installment of tuition is due this week as well. Going to be an expensive week. Oh well, the Lord will provide I'm certain of that.
My preaching engagement for May has been canceled as the Pastor of the Church where I was to preach has had a change in their travel plans and will be in town that weekend after all. I continue to pray and anticipate more chances to preach and spread the good news of God's abundant love and endless grace. I shall continue to wait in anticipation as to where this path He has placed me on will ultimately lead.
May you all be richly blessed and find comfort in the Lord for whatever trials may come your way this week.
In God's Grace & Peace,