July 22, 2012

From the Pastor,

I was really excited to hear about Paul playing his bagpipes for the Special Music today. We have so many talented musicians in the church who should all be praying about using their gifts. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” That means if God’s gifted you in some way (and according to Eph 4 each one of us has at least one gift from God), remember to use that gift “for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). Normally when people are given a gift it’s for their own enjoyment and pleasure, but when God gives us gifts it’s for the enjoyment and pleasure of others.

On another note I’d like to talk about something that happens pretty often in church in hopes of preventing it from happening at WCC…

Sometimes people hear a pastor say something they don’t understand, or worse, sometimes they hear things that offend them. That’s not really the problem though: the problem is when people don’t say anything about it!

So let’s make sure that doesn’t happen here: if I ever say something that doesn’t make sense, please talk to me about it or shoot me an e-mail for clarification. Even more importantly if I ever say something that offends you, then please definitely be sure to let me know!

There have been times people came to me and said, “You said…” and when they said it back to me it wasn’t what I meant to say, but I could see why they thought I meant that and a brief discussion provided perfect clarification. Usually it benefits me too because it helps me evaluate how what I say is received and allows me to be clearer in the future.

There have been other times when people said I said certain things and I wanted to say, “Are you sure you weren’t at some other church, because I don’t remember saying anything like that?” Still I’m glad they came and talked to me, because it usually allowed for healthy discussion.

The point is, let’s just make sure we always open communication. I’m always only an e-mail or phone call away.

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2 thoughts on “July 22, 2012

  1. Hi Scott,

    your post reminds me of a quote from about 50 years ago.

    “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Robert McCloskey

    Many times I struggle to have what’s in my mind to come out of my mouth. Or, even to express in writing.

    Lynn

    1. Hi Lynn,
      I’ve heard of that quote before and there have definitely been times when I’ve felt like saying that to people :).

      Thanks for your comment, and by the way it’s been great having you join us Thursday nights.

      Scottt

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