Some weeks feel like a ping-pong game where you are evenly matched up with a friend. The ball goes back and forth at an enjoyable speed. Yet, other weeks feel like you have a national champion on the other side to the table, serving aces and putting an unbeatable backspin on the ball. No matter what you do, sometimes you just come up swinging and missing! I often see that I am outmatched and outwitted. Right before I get down on myself and settle in for a monstrous defeat, the Lord brings someone alongside who knows just what to do in that moment. At times, that person has a certain skill set, they’re a source of inspiration, or they stand by your side as you take a loss.
I’m not sure what type of week you’ve had, but I hope the Lord has brought to you the right person at the right time. If I or any of your Good Shepherd pastors can be that person for you, please never hesitate to reach out and invite us to the game. We love you, we believe in you and we are willing to stand by you.
As I write this post, the Bazaar has brought thousands of people through the doors of Good Shepherd. Keep our incredible buildings and grounds crew in your prayers as they turn the facility around from a bazaar and get ready for church services in a short period of time on Saturday afternoon. We launch a new sermon series this weekend entitled IMITATE⁰. As we study the book of First Thessalonians, we read how the apostle Paul celebrates the church for imitating him to the degree he imitated Jesus. Mike Harding, the new Executive Director of Explorer’s Bible Study, will be preaching. The Lord worked through Mike to help raise me up in the Lord. I am very thankful for Mike and Cynthia.
Since this is the first weekend of the month, we will also be sharing communion together. Last month, we introduced the benevolence offering. Beyond our tithes and offerings, the Bible teaches us about sacrificial giving. This offering is to further prepare us to meet the needs of our community.
Over the past few months, our staff has begun to gather for 30 minutes every Thursday between 10am-10:30am where we have different staff members who lead us through a time of prayer. It has been a refreshing time for me to join with our staff in prayer.
Over the month of November, there are three prayer opportunities that I’d like to let you know about. This Sunday, November 4th is the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. Let’s join thousands of churches in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Good Shepherd will host a night of prayer and worship on Sunday, November 11th. Over the last few months, I’ve had the privilege to meet the pastors from East Hill, Sunnyside, Abundant Life and New Hope as we are joining together at New Hope for the Citywide Prayer Night on November 16th. You can find more information at www.onepdx.org.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of meeting yet another veteran who started attending Good Shepherd after being invited to the Veterans’ breakfast. Next weekend, we honor all the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. We have much to be thankful for, so let’s prayerfully give thanks to our Lord.