Dear Glen Mar Friends,
I must confess I'm filled with joy at the fact that the Nats are in the World Series. I love watching the joy with which they play The Game (Capitalized intentionally because baseball is a Godly Lovely Sport). In May, expectations were low about what this team would accomplish, but together they bonded as a team and seemed to truly love what they got to do, and that they got to do it together. I love that the earworm "Baby Shark" (doo doo doodoodoodoo) has become their "theme song" ever since Parra chose it for his "walk-up" song in honor of his young daughter. I love that they dance in the dugout after the score a run.
I have come to realize that the joy of the Nats is sort of similar in my spirit to what it is like to serve the Lord, what it is like to work as one of your pastors on the Field of (God's) Dreams here on New Cut Road. What do I mean? Well, ministry is a team sport, for sure, and all the best of what we do happens when we do it together. The "6-4-3" of the way the ushers care for folks as they come in, the dance of a mission trip or Walk to Bethlehem, always a team sport, with each one bringing their gifts to use together in service of God's mission. And certainly, ministry and service and worship and discipleship at Glen Mar is about joy. It feels like a dance after an RBI off the left field wall. It comes from knowing that we work in the Lord's vineyard, that this is "God's gig," if you will.
Won't you come on out to the "ballgame" this weekend at Glen Mar? We'll be commissioning friends in faith for our confirmation classes, calling folks off the bench to help train up God's latest prospects for the future. I'll be continuing our Covenant sermon series as we talk about what it means to be a witness. And I promise not to play "Baby Shark" (doo doo doodoodoodoo), but whenever God's people gather, it's a "curly W" win for a world that is need of God's transforming love, justice and peace. Come be a part of it!
See you in Church