Today is the first day of Summer, and it is a hot one!! As I was out for a walk today, I was reflecting on a hot summer day from June of 2002. There was a special worship service that day in my home congregation that I had to attend. Just like Grace, the sanctuary was not air conditioned. The sanctuary was packed with many people from many different congregations, and you could say that they were all there because I was going to be there. In addition to the thermometer making me sweat that day, so too did the anxiety I was feeling.
When I reflect on that day and that worship service, I think about all that has changed in my life and in the life of the Church over these past 20 years. I also think about how God has been the one constant in my life and in the Church and will continue to be there into the future. Play the video below to learn what that special worship service was, to hear a relatable or common story about congregational change, and to see some pictures at the end that may make you smile and show you how I have physically changed.