Emmanuel Baptist is seeking a new pastor. We wore out Pastor Dave after 14 years and he up and retired. Brent Nelson keeps us banging away as interim pastor. Great preacher! I learn something new every week. He and his wife Kathy were part of my North Shore youth group 35 years ago.
The pastor search committee sent each member a questionnaire. I filled out mine with a smile, remembering when I was on the other end of the search. My prayer: Lord, send us the person we need for unknowables to come.
We’re a geezer church–Q-Tips, the girl from 313 calls us. Ten years from now, probably half today’s congregation will be belting it out in the heavenly choir. I’ll bring my harmonica. Change is inevitable, and proper. I like our traditional worship: organ, piano, hymnbooks and Bibles; no handwriting on the wall, no boom- boom. We happily allow accordions and Mike Nelson’s sweet fiddle. But tomorrow?
Acts 2:42 gives us the biblical essentials, modeled by the first Christians after Pentecost. They “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. However tomorrow’s Emmanuel chooses to live out its life and worship, I pray those essentials will never be lost: Apostles teaching—a living, loving, present Christ; the fellowship—caring for one another; breaking of bread—remembering the cross; and prayer—sharing needs near and far before the Throne.
Old Grandpa Lloyd