We have another hot day forecast here in Wake Forest, with highs approaching 90-degrees. But at the moment it’s a beautiful, quiet Sunday morning with little going on other than the chorus of birds and the dripping of a fresh pot of coffee.
But it is Sunday, and I am desperately missing the purposeful early rising and preparation in order to be ready for the beautiful sequence of Contemporary Worship in the CLC, leading my Sunday school class, then Traditional Services in the sanctuary.
I miss the buzz of several hundred people crowding together to sing praises to God, the vibrant life of children buzzing around the campus… and the particular beauty the first Sunday of the month always holds, watching worshippers line up (young adults, families, older folk, children, teens…) to receive the bread and the wine, coming with nothing but their humility and their love and their passion for Jesus.
Of course I am thankful for the technology the church is investing in, grateful for the expertise of our AV guru, Jim, and always impressed at the creativity our worship team brings to each Sunday morning, and I still wouldn’t be anywhere but “with” our Wake Forest Presbyterian Church family at 10:00, and I am looking forward to a great discussion with my Sunday school class at 11:00.
We have to bring our whole selves to the experience – even when it is on a screen, and we must continue to give everything back to God: Our time, our attention, our intention, our commitment, our prioritizing, our love, our resources – all that we are, all that we hope to be.
Because this – right now – is where we live, and God wants to be at the heart of this experience too, in every way.
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.