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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Week of August 23, 2015

It has been nice to arrive at this place on the other end of the rainbow--the greener grasses, you know.  I can remember earlier this summer thinking, "It'll be nice to arrive on the other end of the business of planning, worrying over plans, and executing plans for summer activities, events, and travel.  If school would just start back, then we could fall into a routine and relax in that busyness for a while.

Nope.  Can't happen!
There is no "somewhere over the rainbow."  Rainbows aren't for riding, right?  They're little more than bended light, filter through water molecules.  Sure: the artist in me appreciates the aesthetic qualities in Dorothy's delusion; and, what Bible reader doesn't appreciate the Elohim's pretty peace bow?  That sly fox, Oz, taught us all, though, that the time is now, and you're the one!

Three new community events; a fantastic VBS; an active youth group, complete with a wonderful Montreat Youth Conference; a consistent gathering of about ten or so men every Friday morning; stable Sunday School attendance; a church just about as enthused to worship in summer as during the school year; add to those the community garden and many other overlooked, on-going ministries, and it won't take you long to realize we're rolling!  Session and the Business Admin. Team have plans for a well-run stewardship campaign, beginning mid-September.  Simultaneously, we'll kick off Worship on Wednesdays, a young people's worship team, and a new Sacred Space small group (The Sacred Space of Dreaming).  Fellowship Committee is working hard, as well, to bring you other fun opportunities to get to know your church family better, like the Table of Friends groups and the upcoming Pumpkins and Pizza event in October.

These encompass the "now" for each and every member of New Kirk Presbyterian, but there are many other ways we are currently networking with the surrounding community.  Did you know that every Sunday afternoon about a dozen or so ladies meet here as a Blythewood branch of a community-wide movement of women passionate about fitness in Columbia?  They're called Females in Action (FiA).  Did you know that every Monday evening young men from the community meet here for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, led by some of our members, most honored within the organization, and that there's even talk of ways people within this church might take on major leadership roles in the spiritual development of a number of troops in the area?  Right here at New Kirk Presbyterian!  I wonder how many of us are aware that New Kirk Presbyterian Church will transform itself into a school house each Wednesday, beginning in September, housing a homeschool alliance of talented teachers and students of all levels--offering everything from physical education, all the sciences (including labs!), all levels of mathematics, social sciences, and even music and art appreciation.

New Kirk Presbyterian is better because of the surrounding community; and, likewise, the surrounding community is better because of New Kirk Presbyterian.  Therefore, she's worth it.  Worth what?  New Kirk Presbyterian is worth never resting over the rainbow.  She's worth every drop of energy we place into forward thinking; worth every drop of sweat we place into planning and executing plans; worth every drop of time and resources spent to move us beyond dead routines.

The trick just may be to learn to appreciate the grass in which we lie.  What if we learned to relax into the upslope climb of that gravity-tugged Pi on this side of any rainbow--each degree its own reality, yet we always still, present in our moving.

A few days ago marked one-year since the death of a good friend and fellow young adult from my previous church.  His name was Greg Bordeleau.  His life ended too soon, but not before he changed our lives simply by living his to the fullest.  His favorite quote, by which he set his days, was this by W.H. Murray:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

I knew Greg for a short time, yet I think of him every single day.  I don't hear an interpretation of the great Goethe in my spirit.  Rather, I hear Greg's energetic, Upstate New York voice saying, "Dude!  You can do anything you dream you can.  Begin it now!  Be bold!"

Begin it now, New Kirk Presbyterian.  Be bold.

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