Just finished my monthly neighborhood book club. My turn to host. My turn to facilitate. My idea what to read - 101 Great American Poems. The La Floresta book club had never traveled down this road before, poetry that is. I took a chance. I made the suggestion as much for my sake as anyone else’s. [...]
When I imagine how Josh, our son who passed away in January of this year, would greet the notion of Orlando Grace Church constructing a playground in his memory, I think this image, one of my favorite ways of remembering him, best captures the essence of things. At least I hope it does. Or maybe this [...]
We will need your energy, your back, your tools, and your heart to get the job done. We will feed every stomach that reports for duty. If you have any questions about the project, one of our deacons is on point, but for those of you outside the OGC community, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to try and answer them. By the way, a proper dedication of the playground will be scheduled once the project is completed and the fence around it erected. More on that in the future.
May I say this to close? As Nancy and I continue to walk through the grieving process this challenging year, we are so grateful to the masses of folks who have added to our comfort in so many ways. Our huge thanks in advance for everyone who will help make the playground a reality. We anticipate this aspect of our journey to contribute to our ongoing healing in the most significant of ways. SDG!
I’ve determined that my grass is thoroughly green. Others help remind me of the joys in my life and some things I take for granted. Sometimes we get so focused on what we don’t have we miss what we do. We need reminders. My friends take the opportunity to remind me of the benefits of [...]
At times, I am lonely. I see sweet, everyday interactions between spouses and I long to experience such tenderness myself. Sometimes, I get stuck in the mire of comparison and my longing feels overwhelming. But most of the time I think my life is pretty awesome. I have a few dear friends who help remind me [...]
With the Gospel of John in the rear view mirror, the question comes “What’s next at Orlando Grace?” In the short term, as I mentioned in last Sunday’s message (listen here), I will tackle a topical series called “The Peacemaking Church: Striving for Excellence in Preserving Unity in the Body of Christ.” We’ll look at passages [...]
by Matt West on September 5, 2014
This Sunday, September 7, we start something that has been a long time in the making—GraceKids. We are very excited that our kids will be learning about the Bible from over 20 adult volunteers! At a point in the service just before the sermon, the children will be dismissed. They will stay with the teachers [...]
After our worship service a few weeks ago, someone hit me with a pleading question. “PC, in one sentence, what has helped you most in dealing with anxiety?” Have to admit it. I immediately dropped back ten and punted. “Can I ponder that for a bit and get back to you?” Then, I thought, wait [...]
No, I’m not planning to make a habit of this. The member family meeting we called for after the service today caused me to trim some things. As promised, here is the way I planned to land the plane had the runway been longer: Let me close this message with these eight principles in mind [...]
This morning I reversed field rather abruptly at the close to my message about discipleship, defined by me this way: mutual investing by Word and Spirit for growth in Christ-likeness to the glory of God. You can listen to the audio of “A Restoration like Many Others (Part Three)” here. Battling the clock, as always, I [...]
In thinking about this month’s Concert of Prayer on Sunday night at 6:00 PM, I got quasi-inspired and wrote the following: You Alone Can Help Us To the tune of “You Alone Can Rescue” Who, O Lord, will pray with me Storm the throne of grace Bring to You our many needs In simple hope [...]