Sunday, 22 January 2012
That's what they have been calling the big football matches on Sky today. And from what I saw of the Man City vs. Tottenham game it lived up to it's billing. But my Super Sunday started earlier and was, I reckon, more super.
The service this morning was great. From before I arrived here I have been praying for the musicians we needed to form a band who could lead us in church. So, about seven years! This morning we had a band lead us for the first time and they did a terrific job. They led firmly but sensitively and when I got up to preach I felt that they had set things up beautifully and I had a platform to build on. I think I managed not to fumble the ball and people were in great spirits afterwards. Some who were nervous about having a band (drums, bass, piano and voices) were relieved and appreciative afterwards and the feedback was incredibly positive.
It was also our Gift Day - previous posts acknowledge that, like for a lot of churches and organisations, we are feeling the pinch and one outcome of this is that I am currently part-time. Electrical work in the building and a need to replace the lighting pushed us over the edge, hence we had the Gift Day. The response was excellent and we now have enough to cover the work and a good chunk towards addressing the deficit in our budget. To give an idea of the scale of this, the Gift Day brought in more than a quarter of our total offerings for the whole of last year.
We then had a great meal together afterwards. We have been doing these more often recently and numbers have grown as we have gone along. It seemed especially appropriate that we ate together in a mood of celebration today and so Super Sunday was great for me before a ball was kicked. Now we need to pray for a guitarist. I hope and pray it will be less than seven years this time.