This coming Sunday will be the perfect time for you to schedule a “Sanctuary worship doubleheader.” I can’t imagine a better way for you to spend a summer morning than to join us for worship at 9:30 am, enjoy refreshments and time for reconnecting at 10:30 am, and then return to the Sanctuary for the 11:00 am Vacation Bible School Celebration Sunday!
Although we will not have the VBS children with us at 9:30 am, we will get a feel for the week through the fun decorations in the background. The scripture passage will be from the 43rd chapter of Isaiah, encouraging us not to be afraid: “But now, says the Lord . . . Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you . . . When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers, they won’t sweep you away.” In addition to this including the VBS memory verse, it also is a playful reminder for me of the “unexpected water events” of our lives. If you have been around First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth for a couple decades, you might remember that I got myself into a soggy situation 18 years ago on a Sunday morning in July. If you haven’t heard this story, then you can look forward to a re-telling of it in my message.
And then at 11:00 am, we will have the honor of seeing our chancel area packed with children and youth. The sights and the sounds are absolutely extraordinary! Last year our new District Superintendent, Travis Franklin, attended the VBS Celebration and could be seen with a perpetual smile on his face. We all can look forward to a similarly wonderful worship experience this Sunday. The theme for VBS has been Rolling River Rampage. Shall we gather at the river? Let’s do it!
Dr. Mike Marshall
Associate Pastor of Leadership Development