Thanks to Pastor Tripp and everyone else who helped to lead worship and education last Sunday while I was in Denver. In spite of the abundance of rain in that region (including the devastating floods around Boulder,) I had a delightful weekend. My friend, Brian Henderson became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Denver about 10 months ago. The congregation was down to 15 people when Brian began. By opening their doors to the community in which they are located (their elegant, historical building is directly across from the state capitol,) they have experienced some significant growth in a short time. They are the newest member of our Evergreen Region of American Baptists.
I was honored that Brian asked me to preach the sermon for his installation service. One highlight of the service was 65 men from the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus singing the anthem and benediction response (not to mention the hymns!) They were quite wonderful. I was treated royally; it was a great experience.
This Sunday our worship will focus on Jeremiah’s aching lament over the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Where does one find comfort and healing in a time of deep distress? It appears that this focus follows closely on last week’s sermon and worship. In so many ways it seems like the best of times and the worst of times when we consider the goings on in this old world. For some, our prayer is “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” For other it is “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no healer there?”
Adult Spiritual Formation will be led by Andy Kille. Andy has been our webmaster for several years now. For some months, Andy, Pastor Tripp and I have been developing a new approach to our online presence through a “blog page.” Andy will be here to help orient us as we launch this effort – “To the Blogosphere and Beyond: Navigating the Congregation’s New Blog Site.” Come, explore where we have never gone before! See you Sunday at 10 and stay for ASF. Bring someone along to share the day.
May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.