There’s so much happening this week. I hope you get a chance to get over to www.connexuscommunity.com today to check out the new web site for the church I pastor, Connexus Community Church. It went live this morning. It will tell you all about what our whole team (staff and volunteer) have been working on for the last few months…launching Connexus.
It’s been a huge amount of work, and it’s by no means over yet. Even as we go into three days of lock-down to get all the final preparations done for Sunday morning, we still have weeks more stuff post launch that has to be attended to.
But I’ve been asking myself — are we ready? In every sense? Am I ready for the launch?
Sadly, I haven’t been able to shake this bug, and it’s been seven days, so I finally went to the hospital today to get my problem checked out.
The nurse who was looking after me, a young woman in her 20s, said "have you missed work because of your illness?"
I said, "I kind of don’t have that luxury quite right now."
She said "What do you do?"
I didn’t want to tell her what I did (I don’t like telling people I’m a pastor — it’s just too weird), but she asked me point blank and I know its a sin to lie. So I said, "Well, I’m a pastor and we’re actually launching a church this weekend."
"Oh", she replied, "Are you the guy from that church, Conn…"
"Yeah! Connexus. That’s the one in the movie theater, right? That’s so cool. My friend’s been telling me about that. Yeah…that sounds so great. What a neat idea…."
She actually sounded like she might attend.
I thought it was amazing that even in an ER ward at 7 a.m., hoping to be anonymous (it’s not nice to have a persistent flu bug that makes mincemeat out of your stomach and digestive tract), God was already at work.
He’s got so many people ready for this…over the next few weeks, and I’m sure months and years.
I’m going to live, by the way (sorry to disappoint you). They’ve got me on a pill that should make me well by Sunday. And even so, I’m not that bad.
So I’m getting my body strong, praying a lot, getting rest (yes, I am getting 8-9 hours of sleep a night!), and working my brains off. But most of all, under it all, I want to remind myself daily, hourly, minute by minute, that without God, nothing happens. We need Him. We love Him. He’s the whole deal. Without Him, nobody’s life gets changed. Doesn’t matter how perfectly everything runs.
But it’s nice to see at 7 a.m. in an emergency ward, God’s already working in hearts and lives of people you and I have never met. Because He’s got way more invested in the mission of His church than we ever will. And for that, as we head into launch, I’m so grateful.