Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:00am and 10:30am
As I transferred to North Carolina State University in my sophomore year of college, I realized that people took their enthusiasm for college basketball teams to a whole new level. In that region, there is perhaps no basketball rivalry quite as passionate as that between Duke, UNC: Chapel Hill and NCSU. The campuses are only about thirty minutes from each other.
I had the opportunity to go with a friend who attended Duke (yes, amidst the intense rivalries it is still possible to have a friend at the other school) to a game between our schools.
There was a moment that amazed me upon entering the stadium we were all handed a card that said, “This is the game you’ve been waiting for. No excuses. Give everything you’ve got, and we will walk away the victors. Cameron Stadium should never be filled with excitement and celebratory cheering tonight. At Coach K’s request, please focus on our team tonight. Better to bring our team up than put theirs down. Especially coming out of timeouts, we need to be incredibly loud. This is a huge game. Stay in the bleachers and go nuts.”
As I sat in amazement that night, I watched a crowd that was beyond excited and shared a lot of celebratory cheers. I’ve witnessed similar experiences at other sporting events and concerts (the cheering may be different, but the passion is the same). I’ve often wondered that perhaps we Christian worshipers have something to learn from the joy we witness in other venues of life…
This Sunday will be an exciting day for SDUMC as we celebrate all that God gives us by bringing our Estimate-of-Giving Cards forward. I hope as you pray about your pledge to God’s Kingdom for 2020, you see this more than a number and view it as a way of sharing God’s love with our community and the world. Love is desperately needed near and far, and through your giving, you can share God’s life-changing gift!
I look forward to sharing in Worship with you at 8 AM, 9 AM, and 10:30 AM on Sunday. It will be an exciting morning including a special coffee fellowship, brass instrumentalists, the Children’s Choir and our always incredible Chancel Choir and organ!
Thanks again for the many ways you give of your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness!
Grace and Peace, John