Holy Week is a crazy time in the life of a church with extra worship services during the week and preparations for big Easter Sunday celebrations. I know that it is easy enough to get wrapped up in all of the “to-do’s” and to feel rushed during these crazy weeks. During Holy Week of this year, I had an interesting encounter that called me to slow down and to remember the gifts of the week.
On Maundy Thursday morning I officiated at a funeral. As we left the funeral home to head toward the cemetary we began creeping along at funeral procession pace. It wasn’t long before I was struck by something that I saw up ahead. There were cars, facing toward us, that had pulled over to the side of the road while the procession passed. I’ve done a number of funerals in the Chicago area over the last 5 years and this was the first time I remember actually seeing cars pull over out of respect for the deceased. I was touched and inspired; I told myself that I wanted to make sure I took the time to slow down and stop the next time I saw a funeral procession approaching.
On Good Friday morning I decided that I was going to run out to the hospital to visit someone before our worship service at noon. I knew that time was going to be tight, but that if I could get down to the hospital, spend some time with the person I was visiting, have a prayer, and head back, that I’d have plenty of time. I hopped in the car, pulled out of the parking lot, and then I saw it, a funeral procession coming toward me. I looked at the clock, knew that I’d be rushed for time, but I pulled over to the side of the road to let them pass nonetheless. As they passed I thought about my life, about how grateful I am for all of the blessings, about what a gift each and every day is.
And I made it to the hospital and back to the church in plenty of time for worship, thankful for the opportunity that I had that morning to pause and reflect upon life.
In May I’m going to be ordained.
In July I’m to start at a new church.
In November I’m going to be a dad. Yeah, 2008 is going to be a huge year!
Heather and I will be keeping everyone updated on the pregnancy at The Family Website. To follow the updates you can subscribe by using this feed – http://web.mac.com/theclingerfamily/Site/Blog/rss.xml
It was officially posted on the Kansas East website today. Starting July 1, I will be serving as an Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR). I will be the primary pastor for one of the pastorates and work as a part of a team for pastoral care.
I served as an intern with the Middle School youth ministry at COR in the summer of 1999 and am excited to have the opportunity to work in this exciting ministry environment.
On this Easter morning, I am so grateful for the life that I’ve been given.
I am reminded daily of God’s goodness and grace.
I am challenged daily to live more and more as Christ would have me live.
I am inspired daily by the beauty of God’s creation and the wonderful people that surround me.
May you too, this Easter and always, be reminded of God’s presence, challenged by the risen Christ, and inspired by the Spirit.
We are hosting a family website on .mac. We registered the domain with domain.com and have it set to forward from .mac to our domain. This works out well, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to set up the RSS feed so that people can subscribe to the blog on our site. Anyone know how to do this?
I posted a little something on the family website tonight. Just click on the blog link at the top of the page to read up. I’ll be using this sight more and more in the coming weeks for updates regarding the transitions that are currently unfolding in our lives.
On my way to the hospital this morning I caught part of an interview that J.D. Crossan did with Terry Gross on Fresh Air in 2004. Does anyone know where I could find the interview in it’s entirety?