One by one the five worship team members escape from the bustle into the quiet of Pastor Dave's office. We're here to pray before we go to the platform to lead. Pastor Dave isn't here today--he's having a well earned week away, but Pastor Peter joins us and we all form a circle, holding hands. We bow our heads--and spot an odd collection of things scattered at our feet.
Brenda, who as well as being on the worship team, is the church secretary, says, "Oh, this is only the tip of the iceberg--usually there is much more scattered on the floor."
On the floor is:
- A plastic bottle of wallpaper remover
- A small pile of envelopes and papers topped by a booklet by Rick Warren, entitled, What On Earth Am I Here For?
- An offering envelope, and
- A brochure entitled, Envision Your Retirement
We all pause to consider these items and wonder--is there some hidden message? A "Pastor Puzzle" indeed!
We bow our heads and pray--the service is about to begin!
Philippians 4:21-23 (New Living Translation)
21 Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings. 22 And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.