Good Friday morning – on this “Black Friday.”
Black Friday has always seemed odd to me. In the U.S., people celebrate Thanksgiving (giving thanks for what they have), and then head out to line up to buy more stuff – the news this morning already includes the story of a ruckus at a California WalMart, where fights broke out, several shoppers were injured and others arrested. Not to be outdone, retailers in Canada have joined the Black Friday sale theme in an effort to compete.
More importantly, we begin the Season of Advent this Sunday. In this season of preparation, we celebrate Christ’s coming and also live in anticipation of his return. Let’s be praying for one another, as we share the good news of great joy that will be for all the people. May we seize the opportunities we all have in our communities.
Please be praying for the outreaches starting this week. Johnston Heights Church has its annual Christmas play this year, and this is a great opportunity to reach out to Surrey. This year’s performance is, “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” and it runs from December 4-8. Please plan to attend – and bring friends, if you are able.
On another note, “Had any difficult meetings lately?” Church politics is an unpleasant topic. We can view it from several angles. One can be surprised. One can be frustrated, thinking that people should simply fall in line. We can “spiritualize,” and blame people for their lack of godly obedience to our leadership. We can also do something about it by understanding the dynamics of it.
I attach a couple or articles for you today. Not surprisingly, these are titled, “Church Politics,” and are parts one and part two. In these, Dan Reiland helps us understand the dynamics of church politics, and also how we can provide godly leadership to address this.
May God bless you as you serve him this weekend – and may God bless others through you during Advent.