In the Game

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sunday worship is not meant to be a spectator sport. It is meant to engage all of our senses, body and soul, heart and mind, in praise of God. Services in which the congregation sits there in passivity, watching the Preacher and observing Ed doing a performance of song, are not what Sunday ought to be. When we are in the flow with the Holy Spirit in worship, people are engaged, attentive, active, contributing, and in song!

Matt Williams had a long baseball career playing in the major leagues from 1987 to 2003. He played for the Giants, Indians, and Diamondbacks. He once said this in regards to playing baseball, “Baseball is a wonderful game to play. But, frankly, if I wasn’t playing, I wouldn’t watch it. it’s too boring.” (Quoted by Bruce Larson in the forward in George G. Hunter, III’s “Church for the Unchurched [Nashville, TN;AbingdonPress, 1996].)

I like watching baseball, but Matt Williams makes a point. Whether it is sports or any portion of life, for me to receive joy, I need balance. A balance of observing, mixed with a large a dose of being in the game. God calls us to participate. Jesus wants to use our time, talents and treasure. This Sunday we will prayerfully consider what it means to bring forth your tithes, offerings and pledges as a sign that you desire to be fully in the game with our treasure.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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