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Cause for Celebration 6.0

Uff da.

Pastor Mark took this Sunday off, so he missed out on the heart-racing hilarity before worship today. Ten minutes before worship began, the sound system wasn't working and communion was not prepared. I had enlisted our sole eighth grader to be my assisting minister, but she hadn't been able to practice with a microphone. People asked me if so-and-so was doing okay. I had no idea and threw her on the list of prayers anyway.

These ministry moments are both entirely draining and energizing because there are two choices. I can wear the anxiety like an alb and freak everyone else out or I can invite them into the chaotic backstage of worshiping God, lightening the load and finding the humor together.

Larry and Bob became detectives and tracked down the missing key to the sound system. Within minutes, it was up and running.

Kari arrived with the bread and found Gladys, who was already in her pew and had forgotten about preparing communion. Together with another recruit, t…

Cause for Celebration 5.0

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The fifth week of Easter was less about worship at St. John’s and more about my grandmother’s last days.At 92.5, my grandmother finally said something entirely vulnerable to me.Watching her set her stubborn independence aside, she peered up at me through her fingers that guarded the window’s light from her tired eyes and said, “I just want to stay here.I don’t think there’s anything the hospital can do for me.”
I was really proud of her.This old nurse and her young granddaughter with chaplain tendencies sat engulfed by this life’s only guarantee.Death was coming.And something even better than fighting pain, fragility and boredom lay on the other side.That day and the next were some of the best moments I ever had with her.Too tired to worry or provide pessimistic commentary, she was funny and relaxed in her wakeful moments.It was surprisingly good to watch her let go and I dreamed about her twenty two years of widowhood ending, her sight and strength returning, her back straightening an…