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Sunday Morning Chaos
11-21-2017
This is the third in a series that gives you a “behind the scenes” look at life through a pastor’s eyes in the day-to-day operations of a church.
               
There’s a reason pastors take naps on Sunday afternoons.
               
It’s called Sunday mornings.
               
For me, Sunday mornings are what make the work we put in the other six days worth it. To worship with a large and diverse congregation, using so many different talents of so many different people, is a gift. So is mixing and mingling in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.
               
Here is a scene from a typical Sunday morning at Manchester UMC, from my perspective:
 
6:15—Arrive at church, review sermon and a/v materials, convene worship planning team, go over services
8:00—Preach traditional service
9:00—Mix, mingle, eat donuts, drink coffee
9:30—Participate in Modern Worship service, praying or occasionally preaching
10:30—Mix, mingle, eat donuts, drink coffee
11:00—Preach traditional service
12:00—Participate in occasional meetings
               
What are the takeaways from all this?
               
One: If you’d like me, or any staff person involved in worship or faith formation, to remember what you tell us on a Sunday morning (or Saturday evening), please follow it up with an email. Our mind is whirring like a blender, and telling us something will probably get jumbled in the mix. Writing a note and handing it to us won’t help either; it could be lost in the jumble of worship notes we have. Sending us a follow-up email will help, and we will truly appreciate it.
               
Two: how very exciting it is around here during the Sunday morning chaos. There are regular attenders, occasional attenders, and first-time guests. There are folks of all ages: young, old, and all in-between. People are busy around ministry and food tables, and they form groups talking and connecting. Such a scene always reminds me of what an active, lively church we have. It energizes me throughout the morning.
               
Hope all this is helpful,
               
Pastor Greg
 
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Special “Giving Thanks” Service
Tonight (Tuesday, November 21)
7 p.m., Chapel
               
This will be a special service giving you an opportunity to simply get together and thank God for the amazing gifts with which we’ve been blessed.
               
During this casual service in the Chapel, we’ll sing some Thanksgiving songs and have a chance to express our heart-felt thanks for so many things. Rev. Jim Peich, Pastor of Faith Formation, will lead a meditation; Modern Worship Director, Kiersten Rose, will lead our music.
               
You will leave with a grateful and joy-filled heart! Be sure to invite friends and relatives to this unique worship experience. I look forward to sharing it with you.
 
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Sermon for Sunday, November 26 (8, 11 a.m.)
THE CHRISTMAS HEART OF GOD: The Dreaming Heart
 
This begins my Advent series. The theme this Sunday is God’s “dreaming” heart. The Christ child is God’s dream come true for the world. What do you think God is dreaming for you? The text is Isaiah 9:2-7.
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