the tentmaker

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"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Year A - Baptism of Christ


Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

I have been taking a hiatus from posting mainly because I got bored with it. Another reason is being too tired when I get home from work to try to compose my thoughts. I got to the point that I could not even put up the weekly lectionary lessons. It has been over a year since I truly felt like writing.

I'm not sure why I am writing this, other than an excuse to get the Veteran's Day picture off of the opening page of the blog. I have removed a good bit of the superfluous stuff like the pictures, book references, the clock and the calendar. Links to my prayer and study guides are still there below the archives. And my favorite blogs are still below that. Several of my favorite blogs have dissappeared, a phenomonon that, at first, I could not understand, but now I do.

I have a new computer. The desktop is gone and I am writing on a brand new HP Pavillion dv9000 notebook with a 17" screen and a full size keyboard, running MS Vista Home Premium. Contrary to the problems others have had with Vista, my experience has been trouble free.

Sandra has gone through a lengthy bout with skin cancer. She had a mole on her brow for about 25 years that began to grow and itch. It turned out to be basal cell carcenoma, amorphia type. The doctor says he got it all but the surgery left a bad scar from her hair line across her forehead and down into the eye socket. You may not know, basal cell carcenoma is caused by exposure to the sun. Who would'a thought.

The church is just hanging on. We are still meeting expenses, just barely. Attendance at worship service has dropped off in the past year to an average of about 8. I continue to have the same two regulars for Sunday School. And we started Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study again. This time we do it only once a month and have a covered dish supper beforehand. Attendance at these meetings have been exceptionally good. We have averaged about 15 with several new young adults.

There is no life in the church anymore. People come to church and go home. Well, there is no life in my sermons either. Alas, my heart is not in the church thing anymore. At least, not in the Pastoral Role. I long for the times when I could sit in the congregation and worship for myself.

I am back to posting for the forseeable future. Thank you for stopping by and God's blessings be on you all.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Lawrence said...

Joel, I'm sorry to hear you so clearly discouraged. It's understandable, though: so much of church life becomes the grind of keeping the ship afloat! Glad you have a new computer - that's alsways fun and encouraging, in my experience! I hope and pray things look up! God's blessings on you, your family and your ministry.
Lawrence

1/14/2008 7:29 PM  
Blogger the reverend mommy said...

It's good to hear from you.
I know this type of dryness.
I'm a prayin' for you and yours.

Sounds like what you need is a little self-care -- and some encouragement. This is the reason people take sabbaticals (which is like a long term sabbath....) for refreshment and renewal.

Please let me hear from you. I hate it that you have to wander this wilderness right now.

1/15/2008 10:26 AM  

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