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This past week we chose to have church on Saturday morning.  That’s right.  Saturday morning.  It’s what worked best for everyone.

Used to the “Sunday-meeting-go-church, put-my-happy-face-on” routine, one guy piped up with, “Can we do that?”

Oh yes.  And a whole lot more.  🙂

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Sun-swathed and sapphire, Sunday poured out balmy breezes and a flawless curve of blue sky.   Sprays of purple, blue, crimson and pink Rhododendrons lit up fences and yards like neon signs.  Rivers and waterfalls speared slashes of glittering sun and toss them ashore willy-nilly.   Tickling the thermometer at seventy degrees, the day sashayed in with an “all is well with the world” promenade.

Here on the soggy rim of the Olympic Peninsula, a beautiful, sunny day like this is one to grab while the grabbin’s good.

After brunch  we nabbed Bibles, camp chairs, water and sun screen (!) and dashed up to one of the beautiful bluffs overlooking the harbor.  We spent half an hour or so gratefully looking at and listening to signs of Spring – twittering song birds, sun-scrubbed skies, budding tulips and daffodils.  Our worship time focused on God’s awesome creation, creativity and grace.

There’s something to be said for singing and sharing communion under a canopy of blue sky and soaring cedar trees!

Like a river glorious

Is God’s perfect peace,

Over all victorious

In its bright increase;

Perfect, yet it floweth

Fuller ev’ry day,

Perfect, yet it groweth

Deeper all the way…

– Frances R. Havergal

The reality of SC is living out the life of Christ in the middle of the people on a regular basis:

Human relationships should drive us to distraction and to worship.” writes Dan Allendar in The Healing Path.

Interesting view, isn’t it?  When’s the last time you sat down with a friend, co-worker, neighbor of family member and said, “Hey!  You’re driving me to distraction and to worship”?

Huh?

Actually, Allender’s assertion makes perfect sense from a certain point of view.  Why?  Because the more involved we are with any person, the more we need God.  Our joint failures and sin will lead us either to divide or to cling to God more tenaciously.  The more we cling to G0d, the more we will turn to each other – available and broken, “response-able” and playful, accountable and at rest.  As Allendar says, “The more moments of rest we enjoy with others, the more we will be in awe of them, grateful for their love.”

“Awe and gratitude are the fundamental. Building blocks of worship.  I am to look at you and scratch my head in wonder: `Why do you still love me so well?  Why have you not abandoned me?  Why do you still like me, knowing me as you do?’  I am to be in awe about your love and your faithfulness to me.  And I am to go beyond admiring you, to thanking you for staying with me on the path.

Who’s with you on the path?

An Introduction to Simplicity.

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