“What do you want to watch tonight?”
As a young married couple, every night for Amy and myself is date night, and from what I’m being told, that will change with the birth of our first child sometime in the next month. However, up to this point, “What do you want to watch tonight?” is probably the most common question we wrestle with on a weeknight. My response is generally some form of the answer, “anything with a narrative arc.”
I love a good story. Identifying with different characters and their struggles, being surprised by unexpected plot twists, and arriving at a gratifying or thought-provoking resolution captures my imagination and stirs something deep within me. As humans, we naturally connect to stories because stories do more than convey information, they communicate an experience. Jesus rarely taught by telling people rules to live by; He told stories that first connected to their human experiences, which in turn revealed profound truths about who God created them to be.
My encouragement to you this week is to take the time to sit down and read two stories as you prepare for worship. First, have a look at Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32
and consider which character(s) you most identify with in the story. One of the sons? Or perhaps with the father? Second, read Paul’s conversion story
from the book of Acts, Luke’s other contribution to the New Testament. It is an incredible story of the transformative power of God’s grace and how God uses the most unlikely people to share his Good News. I am always filled with reassurance and hope when reminded that God can use and inspire imperfect people like me to carry out His work.
We are most excited to welcome our children’s choirs at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. as they assist in leading worship. They have been hard at work these last months and will be performing Once Upon a Parable, a musical depicting a handful of Jesus’ most well-known stories.
Please take note that Fort Lauderdale’s Air & Sea Show will be taking place on Fort Lauderdale Beach throughout the weekend, including Sunday, May 5, 2019. Be aware of possible traffic delays when heading to church on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
See you there,