Few things irritate me more than unfinished business.
Several years ago I was helping an acquaintance move. I didn’t know the man very well, but I wanted to be a blessing to him and his family, so I volunteered as one of 4 other men from the church to assist in their move to a new house. We loaded a large box truck and made several trips with a small trailer hitched to the man’s car, which I was driving. On the final trip, while backing the trailer up into his new driveway, I cut the wheel too hard and ripped a small hole in the driver’s side rear quarter panel. I didn’t even know it until the man pointed it out to me.
I felt terrible! I apologized profusely and told him I would make it right. But… I never did. I had planned on giving the man some money the next time I got paid, but it slipped my mind. Then the farther out the incident became, the less important it felt to me to take the time to “make it right.” That is until I saw the man at Lowes several months later and realized that I owed him a debt, which morphed into an awkward conversation in which my character (rightly) seemed called into question.
When projects are left incomplete, conversations are left unfinished, or kindness is left unrequited, it leaves an anxious emptiness in our hearts. Rest becomes uneasy and peace elusive. When we don’t rightly express appreciation or repentance, it leaves us haunted and incomplete.
In Luke 17 Jesus heals 10 lepers, but only one comes back to thank him. Only one effectively expresses gratitude for the kindness done to him, which completes and brings wholeness to his healing.
We hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we complete our Thanksgiving series on Thankfulness: Teaching Gratitude in the Land of Plenty.
- Hanging of the Greens: Advent is just around the corner and this Sunday, November 22nd from 11:30-1pm we will decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas! We hope you’ll join us.
- Weekly Sermons: If you missed last Sunday’s sermon, you can always listen on Trafalgar’s FB page or visit our website: https://mtauburnumc.org/blog/category/sermons/
- Christmas Car Parade: Help us spread Christmas joy by joining us in a Christmas Car Parade on December 20th at 4pm. Feel free to decorate your cars with lights and festive decorations to spread cheer to our shut-ins and people isolated by COVID-19. Register here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/MtAuburnUMC2/ChristmasCarParade
- TLC: Trafalgar Leadership Council: Our TLC is currently looking for passionate people who have a heart for God’s Kingdom and this community. This group focuses attention on ministry related topics such as: Worship, Outreach, Children, Discipleship, etc… We also review campus finances and consider facility usage and maintenance. Since COVID, ministry has changed and we are praying for direction and ways to move forward in these areas. If you have a heart for ministry and a desire to see Christ’s influence expand in our community, please contact me to discuss where the Lord may be leading you. email@example.com 317-965-6644
- Children’s Ministry: While we have added a socially distanced Children’s message to each worship service we need to begin thinking of additional ways to reengage our overall ministry to Children. Be in prayer how you might be a part of this ministry and be willing to take a risk for the cause of Christ.
May God bless us all as we await the Lord’s coming this Advent!\
-Pastor Travis Taylor