I understand that some sort of football game will be played this Sunday evening, so I thought I would start with this:
“A story has circulated about Vince Lombardi’s last season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Certainly those who worked for and around him knew the game of football. But on this day, Lombardi faced a difficult challenge: where to begin after yesterday’s humiliating defeat. There was little he could say to his team that hadn’t already been said. There were few aspects of the game that they had not practiced and analyzed extensively. The men were professionals. They knew that their performance on the field yesterday had been atrocious. They knew their performance bore no resemblance to their game plan. They were angry, frustrated and disappointed, to say the least.
“In his remarkable manner, Lombardi met the challenge head on. Picking up the familiar oblong, leather ball, he went directly to the heart of the matter. In a deliberate manner he brought everyone’s attention back to the basics with five simple words: ‘Men, this is a football.’ One of his players who understood exactly how badly they needed to review the essentials spoke up, ‘Hold on, Coach, you’re going too fast!'”
Sometimes we need to go back to the beginning and start all over. This Sunday I will be starting a 2 part sermon series I am calling “The ABCs of Faith.” This week the text will be Psalm 111 and next week it will be Psalm 112. Come and learn some of the basics of our faith, and I will try not to go too fast.
We will also be having the annual meeting of the congregation and corporation following the first service. The purpose of this meeting is to receive reports, approve the pastors’ terms of call and to elect the nominating committee.
Finally the February First Press is available. If you would like to download a copy, click here. Paper copies will be available around the church building.
Stay in One Peace,