Take a preacher with a brilliant plan and approximately 6 children. Well . . . if you were there this past Sunday morning (August 25th) you witnessed the children’s sermon. If you weren’t there you’ve probably heard about it by now. One thing you need to know is that I create my own children’s sermons, and I try to base them on the main point of my sermon, thus allowing for continuity in our worship service. So, how do you convey the concept of “the touch of Christ turning God loose in our lives?” Apparently the toy section of Walmart was not the place to start! It seemed perfect at the time – pop pops. These little round discs filled with slime and small toy animals. When you popped them, they freed the small toy animals, thus, turning them loose.
Okay, everybody, go ahead and laugh at me now. No, I’ve never been a parent, and no, I do not have any grandchildren. What could go wrong I thought? How was I to know that slime is exciting and a really big deal? By the time all was said and done, slime was released with much enthusiasm and joy, and I am convinced the small toy animals were thrilled to be set loose so they could escape! But, I believe something else was set loose that morning at Friendship. Amidst the laughter, a spirit of joy, excitement, and anticipation – the “I can’t wait to see what God does next” feeling that makes you want to be a part of church and God’s family. That’s what I want happening at Friendship UMC. I want us to turn God loose in our lives, our church, and our community. So, get ready, my friends, things are going to start popping!
In Christ’s Love,