Notes From Dr. Marty

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Devotional Thought - Blind Spots

In America, there are millions who are visually impaired. The American Foundation for the Blind says that every 7 minutes another person becomes blind or visually impaired.

 

I am thankful for my vision. But there are areas in my life where I have found myself to be blind to things that should have been obvious to me. Let me give you an example.


When my Dad died suddenly and without warning in February, 2005, I was shocked. As the months and years have rolled by, I cannot tell you the number of times I just wanted to call him and ask him something or see how he was doing. 


At the same time I have realized that while he was alive there were many times I should have called, should have gone to see him, or should have reached out when I was too busy or too preoccupied with something else to do so. I was blind to the blessing of my father. 


We all have our blind spots. Before my father died, I had told countless other people that “dead noses smell no roses” and that they should appreciate their loved ones while they are here. But I was blind to that in my own life. And now I see, but its too late.


Max Lucado says that just because you live near a garden doesn’t mean you’ve see the beauty of one flower. Just because you are married doesn’t mean you’ve paused to really see the beauty of your wife. Just because you have children doesn’t mean that you’ve viewed every moment with them as a gift from God. 


We can be blind in so many ways.


Let's take a moment to reflect on the blessings God has given to us and appreciate them. Let's also ask God to show us our blind spots. We all have them. 


When is the last time you told your child you loved them? When is the last time you did something spontaneous to show your spouse their importance in your life? When was the last time you called that friend you haven't seen in years? When was the last time you told a struggling friend about Jesus and invited them to church with you? When is the last time you spent time with Jesus in prayer, worship, and study? 


We all have blind spots. Where is yours?

Is the SRBC Family Choosing Early Worship? We'll see!

In 2003-2004, when we began two services at SRBC, our goal was to have 40 people commit to attending the 8:30 service. Honestly, we didn't know if that service would be supported and thrive. Our hope was that it would take root and take some pressure off the 10:50 service but we were unsure of it's long term success. For years the 8:30 service was healthy, but significantly smaller than the 10:50. 


However, in the past two years it has been amazing to see the transformation of the 2 services. The 8:30 service has become significantly larger than the 10:50 service. On a weekly basis, people are choosing to attend worship at 8:30. Honestly, the 10:50 service performs like the 8:30 service did 8 or 10 years ago while the early service has become our dominant morning service.


This trend is impacting our thinking about our schedule when the new worship center is completed. It is becoming clear that our church family likes to "rise and shine" and have earlier starting times for worship. 


We are going to test drive a new schedule on OCTOBER 7th. On that day we are going to have ONE MORNING SERVICE at 9:00 followed by Sunday School at 10:15. This schedule has several potential benefits to our ministry that we are analyzing.


1. Musicians, choir, and worship leaders can arrive early and prepare for worship without being limited to a few minutes after Sunday School for preparation, thus giving them freedom to prepare without interference. 


2. Sunday School classes can meet and then dismiss when ready without being hurried to finish a lesson or forced to extend a lesson due to having to "get to worship." 


3. Since the schedule would end with Sunday School, class members who are already in study, fellowship, and prayer together could easily extend their time together by joining one another for lunch if desired. This could be a great time to build relationships and welcome new attendees with a time of fellowship. 


4. Families can gather before worship in the new commons/foyer and share in times of fellowship and community. For those who choose to arrive a little early they can see friends, enjoy some coffee, etc without being hurried. 


I encourage you to put OCTOBER 7th on your calendar and remember to arrive at 9:00 on that Sunday. Let us know your thoughts following this "test drive" of an alternate schedule. And be in prayer for the "Transition Committee" who is leading us to think through the issues related to moving forward in a new worship center. 


In the meantime, if you are a faithful attendee at 10:50, I challenge you to continue to come, invite others to join you at 1050 for worship, and let's work to fill the building at that service for the glory of God!

One Sunday - Coming October 7!

Following consultation with our deacons, we are going to try something new.



OCTOBER 7TH - ONE MORNING SERVICE at 9:00 A.M.

(and evening service at 6:00)


Just a reminder that on Sunday October 7th, we will have  ONE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE at 9:00 followed by Sunday School at 10:15. 


Yes, I know that "we've never done it this way before." And I know that we have always had Sunday School prior to worship. However, we are considering a new schedule for when we move into our new building in 2019. And we are taking the opportunity on October 7th to give it a test drive. This is the first Sunday of Fall Break for our local schools. Many of our members take this time to be away on vacation and we believe that this is a great time to join together as a church family for ONE MORNING SERVICE. When the new building is completed, we look forward to being together as ONE FAMILY in ONE SERVICE. Sunday's like October 7th allow us a preview of what life will be like when the new worship center is completed. 


So, put it on your calendar and plan to be in worship on Sunday October 7th at 9:00 A.M. and to remain for Sunday School at 10:15!!!


Dr. Marty