We were having a discussion around tables at a fellowship meal following worship today. We were talking about the future of the church. It was interesting-- they were discussing what attracts younger members. Daughter finally spoke up, and pointed out that the important thing was the message, not all the other things. I was impressed.
One of our members posted a picture of the first crocuses of spring on FaceBook today. Another member commented, "God is doing a new thing," and tagged me in it. Over 3 1/2 years ago I preached my first sermon here. I talked about all the new things we would be facing together. The symbol I chose for new things were crocuses. I'm delighted that she still remembers and makes the connection. We certainly have had a number of new things in the past 3 1/2 years.
We are working on writing a new vision statement for the church. I have 4 people who are meeting with me at 8:00 every Sunday morning as we work on this. I'm really excited about the direction it's taking. It's been a long winter, but I still love being here and the ministry we are doing together.