Wedding bells are ringing at the Pierce household as we are now just one day away from giving our daughter away in marriage. Jessica and Dave are planning to exchange their vows tomorrow afternoon. Those of you who have attended
Church Requel for awhile will recognize Jessica in this photo on the left. However, as I walk her down the aisle, the photo on the right gives you an idea of who I will be remembering. As every father who has ever walked his daughter to the altar can attest: 'How did she grow up so fast?' I am so thrilled for both Dave and Jess. After a recent pre-marriage counseling session with my good friend, Pastor Tony Pingitore, Dave told me this: "If it's possible, I'm even more excited about our marriage now!"
Todd Pierce at Church Requel - We will have an outstanding worship experience at Church Requel this Sunday morning. Since I knew I might be slightly distracted this week, long ago I asked my
brother, Todd, to step into the CR pulpit Sunday morning. The photo on the left is one of my favorites of Todd on a mission trip to Central America. Todd is now retired from the ministry, but he was a pastor for 28 years. Todd was also a church planter. In fact, I received my inspiration to start Church Requel by watching Todd in action. We often attended church planting conferences together. I remember thinking, 'Some day I'd love to be able to do this!' Be careful what you wish for! Seriously - I believe that 15 years ago God began working in my life and preparing my heart to become a pastor of a new church. We can all be thankful of Todd's influence in my life.
Godficiency Sunday Morning - Wednesday I got my first peek at Todd's sermon for Sunday. It's a good one folks! He even made up a new word just for us: "Godficiency." You'll have to come Sunday to hear all about it. We will consider Jesus' prayers of thanksgiving and 3 false illusions that he exposes in our lives. Knowing Todd like I do, there will probably be at least one embarrassing 'brother' story peppered in as well.
Even More On Sunday! Sunday's 11am service will be awesome on so many levels. Cindy and Sharma will sing with me on the praise team. Pastor Steve has prepared a special "magic key" children's sermon. And my youngest daughter, Jillian, and her husband, Tim - both in town for the wedding weekend - have agreed to sing a special song called, "Nothing Is Wasted." (Do you want to get ready for an incredible worship experience? Watch this music video of "Nothing Is Wasted" by Elevation Worship.) We will also share communion and pray together.