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What would make a person want to play piano at all the United Methodist churches in Washington? Actually, I haven’t got much of a clue. Except maybe its similar to why a person would follow an invisible God.
John Nilson is the son of a United Methodist pastor and is a gifted pianist. He’s played concerts at all the United Methodist churches in Oregon (213). He’s played in all 50 states as well as toured in Europe and Asia. He’s created 18 CD’s and has sold over 1,000,000 of them. Wow. He’s also told me that he’s played in the Seattle’s Benaroya Hall several times.
Well, I’m only a plunking musician but these sound like credentials to me. And not only has he played in Seattle but he’s playing in our sanctuary tomorrow at 3pm. That’s right Saturday March 8th at 3pm. And its free. There will be an opportunity to support him with a free will offering as well as CDs for sale.
Jesus and Paul are big on all of us using our God given gifts for the betterment of the Kingdom. Mine isn’t piano or turning wrenches or … But I do have some as do you. And perhaps this is why he plays and wants to play for us.
I’m curious. And one thing I learn from my grandchildren is that following my curiosity is a good thing. Why would someone want to play at all the UM churches in Oregon and Washington? Sounds like a commitment to me. Sounds like a person of faith to me. Sounds like a person with a song from the Spirit to me.
So I hope that you will come. The concert will be an hour long. Let’s enjoy the afternoon together and experience the keyboard lit up.
This Saturday - March 8 9am Bible Study on Leviticus 16-20
Guest Pianist John Nilson will be performing a special piano concert in the Sanctuary. This is a free concert with a free will offering. John is a gifted pianist that has published 18 CD’s and is touring our conference, playing at all the United Methodist Churches. Let’s give him a warm welcome and enjoy the afternoon together.
Sunday - March 9 10:30 Discovery Class
6pm Youth Group at the Christenson's
Thursday - March 13 6pm Trustees Meeting
Next Saturday - March 16 9am Bible Study on Leviticus
Hi all on this beautiful Friday!
Perhaps you have heard the old chinese saying that “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” I’m thinking about this as we prepare for the season of Lent this next week. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 days of Lent that lead up to Easter Sunday.
Historically, Lent has been seen by the Church as a time of preparation for the Resurrection Day. Of course, in our daily walk with our Lord ,every day probably involves some preparation for experiencing his life, death and resurrection, though we may not be conscious of it. This being said, the idea behind Lent is to raise our level of awareness just a little. To prioritize our journey with Jesus just a little more, so that his life informs our life at a deeper level.
So we’re about to enter this historical journey. I remember, when we first moved up to Alaska how overwhelming the journey felt. Sometimes all the details and worries seemed to paralyze me. I had dreams of huge potholes in the Alcan Highway that gobbled up our little car. I wondered if we had made the right decision. Was God in this or was it just my sense of adventure? Taking on the journey as a whole paralyzed me.
Enter Matthew 6:34:” Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”
Jesus knew that on his journey , a faithful response is beginning the journey each day, by taking a step. The step for today is for today and today is enough. Tomorrow will become today but isn’t here yet so don’t take that part of the journey on yet.
And I wish I could do this better. I’m a planner. I love to look to the horizon and dream and plan. The downside of this is that by looking too much at the big picture I’m sometimes afraid to take that first step because I can see possible consequences before I even lift up my foot.
So I feel the wisdom of that first step faith. Its not just a cliché. There’s trust in it. If I lift up my foot and face towards the direction that I think God’s leading me, then when it comes down the journey will have begun. And with that first step comes experience to try to understand and learn from. It informs the second step and soon a mile has been walked.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Where do I need to step today? Where do you need to step today?
In His Steps,
9am Bible Study on Leviticus 11-15
10:30 Discovery Class
6pm Youth Group at the Christianson’s
12 Senior Luncheon
6pm Worship Team Meeting
9am Bible Study on Leviticus
3pm Guest Pianist John Nelson will be performing a special piano concert in the Sanctuary. This is a free concert with a free will offering. John is a gifted pianist the has published my CD’s and is touring our conference playing at all the United Methodist Churches. Let’s give him a warm welcome and enjoy the afternoon together.
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