Seeing the Signs August 28, 2014
Seeing the Signs
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:19
Last week, I began to see signs of something getting ready to happen across the street at the Greek Orthodox Church. First, it was a sign in the front yard. Then some big blue and white striped tents went up. Then chairs were added. Even a quick glance tells the most casual passerby that something exciting and out of the ordinary is about to happen in that place. Obviously they are expecting a lot of people. The signs of readiness make it clear that the congregation is working hard in advance to have everything ready for a big event. Even if I didn't have any idea what a Greek Festival is, the signs of preparation and anticipation would make me curious enough to want to check it out and possibly attend. Seeing how many people are coming, I would not want to be left out.
As I've watched these preparations, I have started wondering: are there any signs of something big and exciting happening at Dilworth UMC that passersby would notice? Are there signs inside or out that show we are expecting and preparing for a lot of people to gather here? Are there things we are doing that make others curious enough to want to check us out? If so, are we telling or showing them in a way they will notice?
What if we knew that Jesus Christ himself were going to be at Dilworth Church this Sunday morning? What kind of sign would we erect to tell passersby and invite them to come meet him? Would our sign have flashing lights, streaming messages, or music playing? How big would the tents need to be to accommodate everyone who would come?
Jesus himself WILL be here - not only on Sunday morning, but at 45.1, youth group, Stephen Ministry training, choir rehearsal, Al-Anon, DCDC, the Weekday School, and all the other times we gather in this place. The very best signs we can provide to others are our excitement about how our own life has changed because we are encountering Jesus Christ at Dilworth UMC - our enthusiasm about participating in Jesus' community - and our expectation that, indeed, God IS doing a new thing here. Don't be left out. The more you come, the more you prepare for and anticipate Jesus showing up to meet you here, the more likely you will be to experience the new things God has in store for you. Together, WE are the sign God wants to erect, to show others that something new and exciting is happening at Dilworth Church.
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