My weekend at the church
October 26, 2008
I spent more time at church this weekend than I did at home or at least that’s what it feels like. On Friday and Saturday I was pedaling my wares at the craft fair. I did about as much business as I did last year. But besides just the bracelets I sold one scarf, the tutu I made, and one of the ribbon necklaces, and two pairs of the watermelon earrings. I decided I was going to reduce my prices from last year hoping to be more attractive so I did, by about 33 percent on everything that I had there last year. But I think that the plan did not work. I guess there’s like this tipping point where you are willing to buy something just because it’s a good deal, but beyond that if your price is reasonable people just decide if they want it or not. I have this magnet that I got which is cute but that I got mainly because it was a dollar fifty. But I also got this wall hanging for my mom that was no deal for sure but it was so perfect that I could not let it go.
This morning was Laity Sunday again so I got to help lead worship again this year. I was much less nervous. And I also got to do the children’s sermon. That was too much fun; I loved it. I had a couple of laugh lines even. And the preschool choir sang so we had a bunch of takers. I think next time I am going to pay more attention to my tone of voice because I found myself talking in that “I’m talking to a kid voice.” I also think that I needed to engage with the kids a little more. I was a little over eager about getting the word out that I neglected to look and see if I was getting a reaction and that the kids were understanding. But over all good and practice makes perfect, right? Luckily I remembered to do all my parts this year. And I got lots of compliments on the prayer that I wrote. So I thought I’d give you all an excerpt.
“…and we also give thanks on this special Sunday for the ministry of the laity. Those who respond to God’s call on all Christians’ lives, who choose to take time to offer God’s love in action through teaching and speaking and singing and witnessing and serving. Today we ask you to renew us all, to give us a clearer vision of the ways we can give sacrificially. Help us to leave what is comfortable to meet you challenge. Let us be the voice of peace in a warring world. Let us be the ones who are generous even in difficulty. Let us be a welcoming face to the stranger. We ask this all in true sincerity and with the confidence of children of the Lord of the universe. Our God who created all things from the tiniest bacteria to the greatest mountain. Who continues to do great works even in our own lives and will still be comforting and protecting our great-great-great grandchildren….”
My favorite story… apparently one of our medical doctors appreciated the fact that bacteria got a shout out in church. Happy to oblige.