By: Dr. Michael Gardner
Last Sunday morning was such a kick! We had a wonderful morning of worship “Back to School Sunday,” for the third year holding our All-Church back-to-school party. The Kansas City Star was with us in preparation for a cover article they are doing for their 913 section in early September about our 75th anniversary celebration weekend. I look forward to their article. Our pep band of Old Mission members, from all our services and many of our talented youth opened the service, and then we lifted our praise with both traditional hymns and contemporary song. Pastor Debbie and “Loftus” and “Ruthie Ray” entertained a large group of our children, and kids brought their backpacks and bodies for a blessing. We dedicated Sunday School Teachers, prayed a blessing on children and youth, and heard the third message in my current serieson the “Importance of Homework.” That message took a relevant tack, talking about how important it is for us to not just to know the Scriptures but to take them home with us. Ann and I had a great time visiting with a group of our middle and high school students and several families at the Pancake Breakfast who are “full tilt” into the start of school like our kids and grandkids are, and with a couple of other empty nesters like us. Near as we could tell everyone of all ages had a great morning.
An important addition to worship was a United Methodist video from children about confronting racism and embracing diversity prompted by the racial violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville. The theme verse of which was from Romans 12:21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Join us this coming Sunday as we baptize a set of twins and as we continue the Old-School Values series with a message on the “The Reason for Practice,” from Philippians 4:4-9. It’s been a great series so far with practical application to our daily lives, which is where faith makes a real difference.
That text in part says: “Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” We are to put into practice the values and teachings of the faith. And as every student knows, practice makes perfect. Whether you worship at our traditional services at 8:30 or 11, or in our contemporary service at 9:45, I hope to see you this Sunday at Old Mission!
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