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9/6/18 A Message From Chris

Tish Harrison Warren wrote, “We are shaped every day, whether we know it or not, by practices—rituals and liturgies that make us who we are”

            I dream of my rituals and practices being extraordinary, exciting, life changing for those who encounter me.  I fantasize about mountain-top experiences in the Christian life where each person who crosses my path see a face that has seen the presence of God (Read Exodus 34:29-35) and lives invigorating faith.  I envision a life that is constantly moving, never dull, and always worthy of a social media post.

            However, my daily practices and rituals consist of taking my daughter to school, stopping by the cleaners, feeding the dog, folding clothes, doing the dishes, calling a friend… and wondering where God is in all of the boring, daily duties of one’s day.

            “A sign hangs on the wall in a New Monastic Christian community house: Everyone wants a revolution.  No one wants to do the dishes”[2]  I sense that God desires to teach us how to “wash the dishes”, because it is in “washing the dishes” that:

  • Car rides to and from practice become holy moments where a child and parent are able to connect in daily conversations that express unconditional love
  • Feeding the dog reminds us that just as our pets are dependent on us for nourishment, we are dependent on God to nourish our soul and body.
  • Folding clothes resembles order in our chaotic closets which then reminds us that God has order and is still in control of this world no matter what the circumstances.
  • Our interactions with the Grocery Store cashier allow us an opportunity to connect in face to face conversation with an individual created in the image of God rather than settle interaction that is done through text, email, and other social media.

So yes, daily routines are monotonous, ordinary, and time consuming, but pay attention to them, because it is those rituals that shape you and make you who you are.  Furthermore, if you pay attention, you might encounter a Living God who became flesh and lived on this earth partaking in everyday rituals of His own.

 

 Tish Harrison Warren, “Liturgy of the Ordinary”, Downers Grove, IVP Books, 2016, 29.

 Ibid

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Letter From Matt Walton

Southland family,

 

I and my family are deeply thankful for each of you, and we hope to communicate in the days ahead our gratitude on a more personal level. In the meantime, I wanted to express to you all how grateful I am for Southland Baptist Church, and what you have meant to my family.

 

Before I came to serve at Southland, I believed in the church because the Bible told me to. I believed in the church because God’s Word told me that the church is God’s people called together by the power of the Spirit for the purpose of God’s mission. Before I came to Southland I believed in the church because it’s the correct theological doctrine. A little more than eleven years later I still believe in the church. But not only because the Bible tells me to. I believe in the church because of you. I believe the church is the people of God, called together by the power of the Spirit, for the purpose of God’s mission because I have seen it and experienced it in your midst. I have witnessed faith in practice. I believe in the church because of Southland Baptist Church.

 

 

The Walton’s are who we are because of you. Now when the Walton’s tell their story we will speak your names. Thank you for being the church with us and for us, and most of all, for the Gospel of Jesus.
 

 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  – Ephesians 3:20-21
 

 

 

 

 

Matt, Kristie, Evan, and Finley (and Ender)

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