Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Action Packed Summer: Weeks 1, 2 and 3

When we think of summer, we like to believe that our schedules slow down and we are able to relax. That may have been true at one time, but I don't find it to be a reality today. We are as busy during the summer as we are any other time during the year; we still work long hours; we run our kids to sports and activities; the difference may be that we take a vacation, however these can be every bit as stressful.

In response to this, the church I serve, Wesley Freedom, is celebrating an Action Packed Summer. The difference is, we are offering suggestions of how you can have a faithful and at times restful summer season, based on readings from the Gospel of Matthew.

Week One: June 19 – Obey (Matthew 28:16-20); Model a life lived for Christ and teach by example; Make worship part of our vacation; visit a church and bring back information (bulletin, devotional, a mission, small group or class opportunity); Take a picture of the places your worship; Share your faith or invite someone to worship with you.

Week Two: June 26 – Welcome (Matthew 10:40-42): Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know during or following worship. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line. Interact with your neighbors. Pay for a stranger’s meal, toll, etc.

Week Three: July 3 – Rest (Matthew 11:28-30): Take a rest from screen time (computers, gaming systems, phone, TV); Plan a family/friends game night (low tech) or get together; Hang out at the pool; Take a walk; Read a devotional; Take a nap.

After you read the texts, I would be interested in your ideas of how we can respond.

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