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What an incredible week we had here at Christ Church Plano for VBS!
About 360 precious children joined us each day to learn and sing about God's perfect love during Maker Fun Factory VBS week.
A very special "Thank You!" to the 160 dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to guide the children each step of the way through five fun-filled days.
And thank you, parents, for sharing your wonderful children with us for a week. It was a blessing to get to know them more and watch their love for Christ grow each day.
Our photography team captured so many great memories. Many photos are posted in our private Christ Church Children & Families Facebook group.
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Today we celebrate Independence Day, a time to pause and remember the founding of our country. Over the past 241 years, the United States of America has been a place where freedom and human flourishing are known and celebrated. I am thankful we can worship freely every Sunday, while also acknowledging the cost of that freedom in blood, sweat, and tears throughout our history.
I’m also thankful for the opportunities that many outside of our country have been given to share in our common life—for example, our Rector! My life has been enriched by numerous people who have found their way to America for the first time, including my great grandparents on both sides.
While we enjoy the hamburgers and fireworks, let us also take a moment to pray for our country.
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This collect is a great reminder that freedom is more than doing what you want, but instead is an opportunity to share God’s love. May we remember the words of the Apostle Paul today as we celebrate our country and freedom:
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
For many of us, this week is a celebration of our country’s history, tradition, and thanksgiving. We give thanks for the liberties and opportunities we have as citizens. We remember, too, the privilege it is and importance as Americans to be representatives of our faith in Christ.
Thomas Jefferson, the primary writer of the Declaration of Independence, was one of many leaders who drafted the document with a view to our dependence and reliance on God—the God who made all things, including the people of the 13 colonies. As one writer put it:
“Jefferson, like almost all of the Founders, took for granted that a free society could not survive without virtue, and that virtue was unlikely to thrive in the absence of religious conviction. Or as Jefferson expressed the point in his book Notes on the State of Virginia: ‘Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?’ ” faithandamericanhistory.wordpress.com, June 23, 2016
Our democracy was founded to promote the freedom of faith that leads toward virtue. This freedom we enjoy as we are called together to worship this morning.
As a people living in the land of the free and the home of the brave, may we never forget the sacred liberty we have to live as Christians, declaring the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Let us declare our faith like fireworks that illuminate the evening skies on July 4th.
Lord, we ask you to bless, preserve, and guide the United States of America. Amen.
Our mission team of 18 from Christ Church Plano spent one week in Guatemala, reflecting the love of Jesus by providing simple and practical measures that are making a significant impact in the lives of over 400 people.
Working in the country’s remote highland villages, we assembled and installed wood-burning stoves and water purification systems for 80 families. No longer must they cook on open fires that use three times as much wood and present multiple health risks. Now families will have more time and resources for growing food, micro-enterprise ventures, education, etc.
Of course, we saw lots of children. It was heartening to realize what an improvement our mission will make for their futures. We had activities and books for them that communicate God’s love and grace and, hopefully, help them connect with the local Christian community.
We were so grateful for the wide network of support we had—from the hundreds who donated to help raise funds, to the multitudes who prayed for all the details of our mission. God answered our prayers, blessing us so we could be a blessing.
Many of you are gone on vacation this month, and already we miss you!
Three summers ago I was in an accident, and I walked away from my totaled car with not much more than a cricked neck. Though I was kept from the worst, I had to hurry to the chiropractor to make sure that even the little things that got out of joint could heal right.
We've been talking about Sabbath in Student Ministry lately. Some day, as scripture promises, the total delight, rightness, and rest of God are all that our planet will know. But for now, life hits all of us hard. Sooner or later some intersection leaves a good plan totaled. Or the wear and tear of daily living jolts our bones little by little until we can feel out of sorts, unmoored, lacking purpose or delight.
But in the book of Hebrews, God promises that there is deep, soulful rest: a Sabbath center for those willing to say Yes to Him and No to fear. Yes, you can rest, but even 1,900 years pre-internet, the writer of Hebrews insists that if we want God's rest we must intentionally pursue it and defend it—sometimes fiercely—like the Israelites had to do with the promised land (Heb 4:1-11). And like the promised land, God's rest is our inheritance. Jesus won it. We can claim it!
What hit you hard this year? Don't ignore those sore places. Let God care for you!
Believe it or not, I am a ‘behind the scenes’ kinda guy. While I have no problem leading out front, I prefer to lend support to others in their vocation and ministry. This is probably one of the reasons I am drawn to John the Baptist.
By all accounts John was destined for greatness. His father Zechariah was a righteous Levitical priest (Luke 1:5-7). John’s birth was foretold by an angel (Luke 1:8-17). Like Sarah, John’s barren mother Elizabeth miraculously conceived him in her old age (Luke 1:24-25). Even in the womb, baby John praised and honored his cousin Jesus (1:39-45).
Eventually John the Baptist began his own ministry in the region around the Jordan River, proclaiming a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4-6). But even then, John knew the purpose of his ministry was to prepare the way for “he who is mightier than I” (Mark 1:7-8).
That moment finally came one day on the banks of the Jordan. Like John, Jesus was baptizing and teaching (John 3:22-23). Some of John’s disciples were frustrated by this apparent infringement on their master’s ministry (John 3:25-26). Who does this guy think he is? He is stealing our people and preaching our message!
John’s response is telling: “he must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John the Baptist willingly ‘takes the back seat’ to Jesus and his messianic ministry. John does not allow his past successes to define the goal of his mission. John was called to prepare the way, to be the forerunner—and now that task is complete.
On Saturday, June 24, the church celebrates the Nativity of John the Baptist. Perhaps the best way we can honor John is to give thanks to God for all the people in our lives who prepared the way for the Jesus and his gospel. Thanks be to God for those faithful saints who willingly worked behind the scenes to advance the Kingdom.
Last week, we welcomed 360 children and 160 teen and adult volunteers for an amazing time of learning, connecting, and fun!
The children learned that God created them, loves them, and is always with them wherever they go. They talked to God each day, spent time in His Word, and were encouraged in their efforts to share Christ-like character with others.
Here are just a couple of stories we heard from the week.
I'm pretty sure David enjoyed every minute of it. His stories each afternoon of what he ate, who he played with, jumping on the bounce house, and singing songs certainly indicate that he did. I have been reliably informed that in Guatemala they don't have ovens or clean water. And I am thrilled to hear that thanks to a money munching robot we are all helping to sort these problems out! What a joy it is to see these things through the eyes of a three year old.
My boy really had a good time and this week was a special time of renewal for him. He has had some serious behavioral issues in the past 6 months and God placed him exactly where he needed to be with the message he needed to hear and the people he needed to love on him. Thanking God for Christ Church and VBS!
We praise God for these stories and so many others. If you would like to share your family's story with VBS Maker Fun Factory, send us an email to AngelaR@ChristChurchPlano.org .
God calls us and blesses us and shapes our hearts. Our Children’s Ministry team feels so very blessed by this week and would like to extend a huge thank you to all who worked so hard to make it possible. The honor and glory are His.
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I’ve decided to put a new twist on Father’s Day this year. Inspired by the way Hobbits celebrate their birthdays—giving gifts, rather than simply receiving them—I am choosing to put the focus on my children, and not on myself as their father. For my youngest, Madison, our Father’s Day celebration will be delayed for a few weeks until he and I head off to Wyoming, in August, to engage in one of our favorite activities. We hope to climb to the summit of Grand Teton—one of America’s grandest, indeed! A true mountaineering adventure. For my middle, Ian, we are spending the day on mission in Guatemala, serving the impoverished people of the Highland villages, providing them with something simple yet profoundly life-changing: wood-burning stoves and water-purification systems. An adventure of a different type. And, finally, for my oldest, Story, I am standing with her in her fight against cancer—her own, and that of others who face genetically-increased risk. She started a campaign to raise money for an organization that is pioneering research in hereditary cancers. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) gives us hope that she, and our granddaughters, will be around for many years to come. FORCE has my support; and I am encouraging others to join me. An adventure I never wanted to have. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Anyone can be a father; but it takes someone special to be a Dad.” I make no claims here—I know I have sometimes failed miserably—yet my hope is that the love of God our Father has shown through me, in spite of my deficiencies, and made me worthy of being called “Dad.” May the Lord grant the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians for me and every Dad: “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:14-16).
This week we’re getting really excited for Summer Beach Camp!
As many already know, due to limitations and unresolved logistical issues with the camp administration of our previously planned Summer Mission Camp, the decision was made to transform the trip into a weeklong Summer Beach Camp .
Together we’ll be staying in two huge beach houses near Port Bolivar from July 16-22. We’ll enjoy plenty of beach time together (especially because our beach houses have private beach access) and share in many cool excursions into the historic Galveston area, including the Strand, Moody Gardens, and even a trip to Schlitterbahn.
We’ll also enjoy teaching and exercises in the rhythms of prayer, rest, and Sabbath led by Amber, Fr. Steven, and myself. We are so excited about the fantastic experience our students will have and the memories we’ll make together! No matter what you’re up to this summer I hope you have a restful time and enjoy the many blessings of the Lord! As the Psalmist says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”