What an unbelievable week! Moving into the office, visiting with members, preparing and preaching two times, seniors luncheon, installation service, etc. Oakland has shown so much love and care over the past week. I know I am in the honeymoon stage, but I love being the lead pastor:)
One thing I am trying to do is get my mojo down with daily scheduling. I love studying God’s Word, but if not checked I get lost in researching and forget that I have other things to do for the church. I know some pastors will schedule a little bit of sermon prep each day. It is really neat meditating on the verses I will preach as I drive back and forth to OBC. I am going to preach verse by verse through Acts, and I am so jazzed.
OBC has three services a week. I will be preaching Acts on Sunday morning. Sunday night I will be teaching a Lifeway material called The Disciples Path. It is a real neat study walking through what we as disciples should be. Then on Wednesday night, there will be a guided prayer time. This time will focus on praising God, confessing sin, thanksgiving, praying for our friends and family, praying for the coming Kingdom, and praying for our leaders. After a time of prayer, I will teach a passage of Scripture with what remaining time there is. Everything is subject to the Spirit’s change.
This past Sunday was my installation service. I had some great men of God who have impacted my life testify and pray for me. Brother John Mark gave a powerful message of what the church is and charged me as the new pastor of OBC. Afterwards, the church had a dessert fellowship…because that is what OBC does:) It was a great time of fellowship and food! My family was blessed beyond belief with all the acts of kindness and love given by the church.
Volunteer of the Week: This week’s spotlight is on Charles Rector, deacon and trustee. He is such a humble servant. He came into the office, sat down, and said, “Well pastor, what do you need?” First thing that came to my mind was that I was an inch or 10 taller than Brothers Tim and John Mark. It sure would be nice if the pulpit was higher. The next day, I didn’t have to bend over as much to read the Bible 🙂 I praise God for people using their giftedness.
…until the next step…