You need to know that at one point each of the last two Saturdays this church building was a big huge mess — and I loved it.

Two Saturdays ago we had just about 300 people in and about the atrium, classrooms and sanctuary for the Easter Egg Hunt. Since a majority were children and candy was involved it was bedlam. We cleaned up, set-up, and got things squared away. At the same time, it was obvious this building was well used and well loved.

Last Saturday morning we hosted the Holy Yoga Experience. This meant tearing apart the floor plan of the sanctuary on Friday, hosting the Yoga Retreat, and reassembling the sanctuary on Saturday afternoon. I repeat myself, we cleaned up, set-up and got things squared away. At the same time, it was obvious this building was well used and well loved.

Firstly, our cleaners do a marvelous job.

Secondly, it is so good to have so many activities. It is so good to have people in this building who aren’t usually here on Saturday. It is so good to share the Lord through fun activities.

Thirdly, living in faith, as the church, you and I are big messes — and loving it.

As my father-in-law, Rev. Al Ruth was fond of saying, “God doesn’t want or expect perfection — only faithfulness.”  Big Al got that right.  If we want tidy, orderly, minutely planned, and close to perfect, become a part of a monastery.

If you want real life ministry, that is messy, disorderly, fly by the seat of our pants, not at all perfect buy joyfully faithful to the Lord, be here on Saturday, April 21, at 7:00 a.m. for Nuts and Bolts and 10:00 a.m. for the Women’s Gathering. Or on Wednesdays for Awana and Youth Group, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Bible Study, or Thursdays for Still Waters Yoga, and most especially on Thursdays for Grilled Cheese ministry —that is nothing, if not a joyful mess.