Sunday, September 7, 2014

Soccer and our Anchor

This weekend has been low key and laid back.  The big news of the weekend is that ths little love started Upward Soccer!

She loved it so much and my parents even showed up to the game and surprised us!  They are busy taking care of my grandmother, so that it is a treat when they come to town.  We visited with them and had a yummy Mexican lunch before they headed back to Radford.
Upward is a wonderful christian soccer program where there is no score kept, a devotion is done at halftime, and it is a poitive environment to learn soccer.  Check out this girls smile running down the field!  I also think it is adorable that they follow the ball as a pack in soccer at this age:)
Kyle and I bonded last night by staying up very late to watch VT upset Ohio State!!  What a fun night to be a Hokie!  We watched every play and cheered like lunatics down in our basement while Mike, Hope, and David slept:)
Despite staying up way past our bedtime to cheer on the Hokies, we were up bright and early to head to church for the contemporary service at 10:00.  Kyle ran the worship board and helped serve communion.  David was perched on the front row getting his worship on with the praise band.  David insists to sit on the front row to be near the band!  He worships with total abandon and I do worry that he distracts others with his full-on praise, but several folks today commented to me that he is a lesson for us all on how to worship with abandon.  Once again, David teaches us all a lesson. 
Lately it seems that many folks from our congregation are struggling with really hard stuff like cancer, divorce, death of a loved one, sickness, family drama, etc. Bryan and David came up with a new sermon series entitled refuse to sink.  Today was the first Sunday in the series and it was powerful and awesome.  If you are struggling with a burden right now that seems bigger than you can handle, take a few minutes and listen to the sermon today which remindind us all who our anchor is in troubled times.  It inspired and encouraged me-hope it does you as well!
Here is the link to today's sermon.  I cannot wait to listen to it again- it was that good.
Bryan (worship minister) does all the graphics for the church.  Besides being crazy talented at everything musical, he is a master of graphics.  When this sermon series idea got rolling, he googled the word "hope" and this logo came up because evidently this is a popular tattoo!  I am not going to hit the tattoo parlor anytime soon, but I am intrigued about an anchor and a cross with the words "refuse to sink." 
Because of Jesus no matter what this life throws at us, we have an anchor to hold onto.  God was our anchor during 2011/2012 watching David endure chemo and radiation.  Life is hard, overwhelming, and brutal at times, but amazingly we have anchor to cling to even during the toughest storms.  Come join us next Sunday at 10:00 for a powerful worship service, or enjoy the sermon downloaded at your convenience. 
Because of Jesus we all have an anchor and we can refuse to sink.  Amen!

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