I am so glad that we have two large landing areas at the top of the stairs in this house and that is where I am putting all the boxes and such as I pack it. I imagine it will be full to overflowing by the time the move takes place, but at least it's upstairs. ~outta sight, outta mind~ It allows our downstairs living area to remain very livable.
In the going through process I came across the kids Senior pictures, baptisimal cross stitched certificates and such stuff as this. Goodness, while there is sentimental attachment, none of these have hung in our house for years and never will again. So, I unframed all of this type thing, keeping the items that were in the frames but will be selling the custom frames at the appointed time. It is a very BIG job for sure but I feel good every time I get a little more done.
HELLO brick laying........yes, last Friday, Carl and his trusty crew began laying the brick on the house. They came on Thursday to set up for the process. It seems that for so many projects, the setting up is a HUGE part of the process and this was no exception. But, once they started it was so interesting to watch them and the rhythm with which they work. And, as with the sheet rock, this job is NOT for sissies. It is hard work! But, Carl and his crew certainly do seem to enjoy what they do and we are more than pleased with the way it is looking thus far. We decided to go with a flush joint. It's one of those things that I have never paid any attention to when I see houses but when it came time to decide what type of brick joint we wanted, I became more observant. And, Hubby and I like the flush joint best.
HELLO changes......this has been mine and Hubby's church for the past 40 years. When we joined the church around 1974 it was thriving! The new contemporary way of worship was just beginning to invade worship but had not found its way into church worship. Christian artist were up and coming and the new contemporary Christian music was budding. But, at our church it was as traditional as traditional as could be and I imagine that was the case with most all evangelical churches. Our pastor and Music Minister (now known as worship leaders) were donned in suit and tie as were most all men and we ladies were in our hose and dress. I'm sure you are getting my "drift." My, how things have changed! And, I do know that I am really dating myself with these comments but I imagine I will always struggle to fully embrace contemporary worship. My roots just go too deep in traditionalism. Is there anything wrong with contemporary/modern worship? Absolutely not, it is just a matter of preference. And, as all the proponents of contemporary worship have said, "the message has not changed, just a new way of sharing it." I guess I sometimes feel like the church of today feels as though they must put on a type of "dog and pony show" to attract the people through it's doors. And, I suppose if it brings folks to the Lord, then it certainly can't be all bad.
Our church is currently without a pastor. Our pastor of the past 12 years, left for another pastorate 2 weeks ago. Our first Sunday without him we transitioned to two worship services. One is a blended worship(8:45AM) and one is a modern worship service (11:15AM).
Just an added note here: Due to major economic set backs in our small town our church has suffered greatly in recent years as many folks have moved from our fair city and it has left a definite void in our church membership. We have done things to try and attract folks to our church and going to two worship services is another way of hopefully reaching younger folks in our community. We are now mainly an older aged congregation and we desperately need young folks if we are to survive.
It remains to be seen at this time if the two services will accomplish what they were created to do. I'm hopeful we will see positive results from them. I miss all of us not worshiping together and since we are not a big congregation to begin with, each service is fairly small right now. Hubby and I attended the modern worship last week and the blended yesterday. Not only do we prefer the blended style of worship we love the earlier time.
I love many of the contemporary Christian songs of today (The Message on Sirrus radio is one of my most favorite stations) but they will never replace the hymns. And, many of the younger generation has no real appreciation for choir. Choirs have been replaced in many churches by Praise and Worship Teams. I am truly sorry that the younger generation of today will not have the appreciation of the hymns that we have. I'm also sorry that we have become so relaxed in the way we dress for church. I know, I know, most folks think dress has nothing to do with worship. But, I'm of the opinion that our neatness in appearance prepares our attitude for worship. But, I am probably in the extreme minority in my way of thinking but I still like to put on my Sunday best to head to church. ~a great big chuckle~ I try very hard to adapt and try to have an open mind but I suppose it will likely always be a struggle for this very traditional gal! I can't help but wonder what the Lord thinks about all these changes in our worship to HIM. I wish that Sundays were days that folks automatically got up, attended church and just enjoyed worship, whether traditional, blended, contemporary, or modern style. But, since they don't, our churches are reaching out in the way they deem necessary to get folks through the door. And, that's not a bad thing because it's all about bringing the lost to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
If you stuck with me through this last HELLO, thank you. These are just my thoughts and personal convictions and I don't think there is a right or wrong way of worship as long as the Lord is glorified and lives are changed. And, sorry if I rambled a bit, I had so many thoughts coming at me that I may have not made good sense in some of it. ~big laugh~
Happy new week!