Call me a Grinch or a Scrooge or a killjoy, but I’m not usually a fan of birthday parties for one year olds, especially when it’s a big event with dozens of people gathering, some bringing their own one- or two-year-olds who are as baffled as the birthday child by the loud music and popping balloons and candle flames approaching a small young face. Why throw a party when the guest of honor has no idea what’s happening?
something we’ve encountered before); the web site directions read next to the movie theater and above Lucky Strike (a bowling alley). The church meets in a comedy club, the Parlor Live Comedy Club.
The Parlor Bellevue and who’s the church’s contact person, was called up for recognition. He often works late on Saturday nights (it’s a club, after all), but he’s always there to open the space for church set-up before 7:30 am. The pastors thanked him and reminded the congregation to thank and honor him. (He was also given a gift; no idea what it was).
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”) He said that many of us are living without hope, but that God wants us to know that our best days are still ahead.
He shared some of their dreams with the beginning of the church. The church needed a lot of things, so they set up an Amazon wish list. Out of the blue came a request that Amreitha should meet someone in a park, with their young son. With trepidation, she went and met another mother of a small child. They talked about parenting, and Amreitha talked about their dreams for the church. That evening they got a message. The woman she’d met in the park told her to take a look at the wish list. She had purchased $40,000 in needed sound and audio visual equipment, the biggest items on their list -- including the Nord Stage 3 keyboard. Pradeepan mentioned the Nord several times, I think because it’s fun to say “Nord.”
Mark 8: 22 - 25, the story where Jesus heals the blind man by spitting in the dirt and putting the mud in the man’s eyes. One of the points Pradeepan made was that miracles are messy. He went on to talk about churches being messy places and told about being hurt himself in the church, but also told how God had healed him in the church.