Sunday is the best day ever. Hands down, the favored day.
- It’s the beginning of the week. And. Beginnings are AWESOME.
- It’s like a free do-over and a fresh-start-kind-of-day. Who doesn’t want to have a fresh start?
- It’s a day off from work for most–but very rarely for a pastor–though some people think it’s the only day a pastor works. No comment. BUT. A day off for is always huge.
- It’s church day. I know not everyone agrees with me. Don’t misunderstand, I love to be in church every day, I’m a big fan of Saturday night church and every other day and time. But. I still love Sunday as church day. Because. I’m intentionally beginning the week with God and my faith community, which changes the rest of the week.
I know there are some that will argue the case about the organized church. I know what they mean, but at some level we all need to understand, that the arguments are ultimately about the human beings who make a mess out of things. Guess what? We are all a work in progress and there’s a lot of messes in each of our stories, whether they are known to others or not. The thing is . . . everyone needs a community of faith in order to experience a healthy life . . . we are not created to live out our faith alone, nor, are we created to live without faith. A community of faith encourages, motivates, and inspires one another to keep in the faith, to grow, and to learn.
That’s not to say that our faith experience is always with one another. There’s a need for solitude and quiet in our faith experience. I’ve had profound moments with God by myself on a mountaintop, on the beach, and in a little cabin by a lake. But. I still need a community with which I anchor my life in and share the matters at hand with faith in and through the presence and power of God. It’s vital not only to my individual life but for my relationships, marriage, and family health.
The power of the community of faith is a force to be reckoned with. Seriously. Together we live out our faith, touching the world with the love of God, dispensing hope everywhere we go. It’s one of many reasons that I’m excited for Sunday, 9.13.15–The Red Door Community Church launch! Can’t wait! It’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentines, Birthday, Fourth of July and every other holiday wrapped into one day. It’s a day that I began to think would never happen.
This time last year, most of The Red Door Leadership team were in tough places of life. None of us dreamed that a year later, we would be getting ready to launch The Red Door Community Church! Only God. It may just be the best Sunday EVER! That is, until the next Sunday.
Make today the best day ever! It matters–Kerrie
We ask you to pray for the best Sunday ever and ever after:
Listen, if you want to be a part of this exciting time–let us know. The easiest way is to email me at email@example.com or Pastor Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.
We have ways for you to invest into this new work beyond attendance–here’s some ways with a form to fill out and submit:
1. Missionary team–those who take a leave of absence from their community of faith to serve one year as a part of the core team.
2. Core team–those who are the strength and the “backbone” of the beginning of the church–their combined DNA will be the DNA of the church. The big deal–is their presence, setting the attitude, believing The Red Door Community Church is necessary in the community and an amazing part of the work of God in this world!
3. Giving team–those who give of their time, talent, and/or resources to be a blessing by contributing to the work of impacting individuals, creating a community of faith, and blessing the community. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in this new work of God. (The Red Door Community Church defines blessed as to know the activity of God and to bless to be a part of the activity of God.)
4. Prayer team–those who pray. We are asking each to be willing to set their alarms for 9.13 am/pm (9.13–launch day) and to pray big and bold for the favor of God. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in the new work of God. We also will be adding a prayer list with specific needs of others.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)