Let me tell you a story…those six words cause our ears to perk up as we anticipate what we’re about to hear. Who among us doesn’t love a good story? Some of the best stories I’ve heard are your stories. One of the things that I love about being a pastor is that I get to hear the stories of how you’ve lived your life; the ups, the downs, the hilarious and the tragic. Have any of you heard the story
Wally Cordle’s canoe capsized in the James River and he had to swim for his life lest he be carried away over the Bosher Dam? Ask him about it, you’ll be glad you did. Did you know that Coleman Goodman used to be on the US Army Marksmanship Team and traveled the country to compete? Do you want to know what it’s like to be a single mom raising two children? Sausages and Pork and Beans. Do you enjoy history? I was fascinated by the story that Ed Boyer once told me. Ed was a long time member of Bethel who went to be with our Lord in 2014. He told me that several months after WWII ended he got to see the ruins of Hiroshima. You could see the impact that incident etched on his face as he slowly told me what it was like to see the ruins of that city from a distance.
You have such rich and wonderful stories and I’ve learned so much about you and I’ve learned so much from you. I’ve learned life lessons and I’ve learned what faith looks like by listening to you. I think that your stories are stories that need to be shared.
As we share our lives together we can see how God has worked in each other’s life. We can begin to understand each other, maybe in ways we never thought possible. When we care-fully and prayer-fully listen to each other’s stories it enables us to deepen our love for one another and it provides us with opportunities to give grace. We want to be a church and a people who encourage the sharing of our lives and we do that by telling our stories. To that end, on Wednesday, July 12, we’re going to have an Ice Cream Social and a time of storytelling. As we enjoy our ice cream, you’ll be given some questions to share with folks at your table. Our hope is to have at least one or two youth at each table because we want to give them an opportunity to learn from you. So what kind of questions will we ask? Here are several to get you thinking:
- What do you do for a living and how did you decide that’s what you wanted to do?
- What would you change or do differently if you were given a second chance at life?
- If you could buy a dream or a wish, what would you buy and why?
- How has your faith in Christ impacted your life?
- What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
- What’s your favorite Bible verse and why is it important to you?
We hope you will come out and be a part of the story telling on July 12. You have a story to tell, it’s important that we hear it. It’s important that our youth hear it. Please note we will have a nursery available that evening. We hope to see you on July 12 at 6:30. May God bless you and may God bless Bethel Church. Amen.