You are probably unaware of this! Did you know that you live in a nation that has a law requiring our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May.
The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals. (Public Law 105-225)
As citizens of this country and as Christ-followers, we not only have a spiritual responsibility according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray, but a civic duty as well to heed our President’s call to stand in the gap for our nation. Who better to enter into the very throne room of Heaven with prayers and petitions?
I had the privilege to be one of many pastors, yesterday, lifting up our own local public officials - including our first responders - in public prayer. It was both humbling and awesome at the same time. I walked away with the conviction that we should pray even more fervently than we do for those in responsible authority over us. I plan to talk more about this in our children's sermon Sunday morning.
(Click here to see a photo gallery from yesterday's local prayer event!)
By the way - I had the privilege to sit with Pastor Aaron Rose from Fusion Church. He asked lots of questions about you all. For those who have been around awhile, you might remember that 4 years ago Aaron and his church donated time and money to help us get set up at the Point of Grace. I know I've never forgotten that kindness. He also told me that he never misses reading his weekly copy of our email newsletter!
1928 Dinner Theater Saturday. Also present at yesterday's prayer event was Pastor Paul Lintern. He shared some great news with me about our dinner theater Saturday night! We were hoping to have 100 people and as of this writing, we have 113 folks who have made reservations! Woo hoo! Some of the proceeds will go to pay for new carpeting in our sanctuary.
The theater portion will feature a historical radio show from the year 1928 - a huge year for Mansfield. Many of our downtown tall buildings were built that year. And did you know that the super strong radio station, WJW, was then headquartered in Mansfield? We'll hear from Mr. Arlen himself (played by Rusty Cates), who will radio announce many of the exciting events taking place in 1928. Another cool detail - we've located the actual microphone used in 1928 at WJW!!!
The sound system has been provided by our own Jonathan Pierce and DRM. Dinner itself will be prepared by our own Sheri Nichols - and you know how delicious her cooking will be! For all of you who have made reservations - thank you! You will really enjoy yourself.
Dixie City Limits Spring Fling - And here's a bonus! After the show the Dixie City Limits will be playing up in our sanctuary! -- 8 p.m. to midnight. If you are already at the church for the Dinner Theater, you can just walk up the stairs for another fun event. But you don't have to come to the dinner theater!
If you missed out on the early show, you can still come to hear some good music. Bring your own beverage plus a snack to share. These are always fun events. Paul tells me that collectively the musicians that evening will have a total of about four centuries of guitar and singing experience. Sounds to me like a lot of fun going on at Church Requel Saturday evening!
Sunday Morning - Children Lead Our Worship. By the time we all come back Sunday morning for worship, our hearts will be so full already! Then we remember that this is the first Sunday in May and so our children will help us lead our worship experience. Yay for the first Sunday of each month!
Leia, Anna and Saudaie will sing with Brandi. Makayla will sing a special song. Violet will bring our announcements. Grayden and Cohen will work in our tech booth. And you'll love this... little Sami and Tre will be our special ushers to collect our tithes and offerings! AWESOME! So many of our children will be involved!
Our Sermon Sunday - We will wrap up our study of Luke 15 Sunday morning too. Our focus? The prodigal son's older brother. We reach the sobering conclusion that it is possible to be both faithful and obedient, while at the same time, have wrong expectations of God and misplaced affections for those whom God loves. I pray that our study time together will be a rich and rewarding one.
Summer Activities Right Around The Corner. Your staff began work two weeks ago on putting together our summer schedule of activities. We hope to have it ready to go for you next Sunday. Here's what we're working on - Putt Putt Golf and Community Night of Worship is June; Splash Park in July - possibly a new location in Marion this year; Picnic and maybe a pool party in August; Indians Dollar Dog Night and Fireworks in September. Oh yeah, baby, bring on the warm sunshine!
Isn't Life Good? But Let's Keep Praying! I wrote to someone last night that I love what our church is becoming. Don't you? We have so much to celebrate. Let's do it with all our might. At the same time, let's keep our prayers uplifted for Jenny, Aimee, and Loni and their families as we know they are all struggling with huge difficulties right now. We love them so much and miss them when they can't be with us.
Love you all! Hope to see each of you soon! - Pastor Mark