Happy New Year to you all! We had a wonderful Christmas in two parts. Our daughter and son-in-law from Minnesota spent time with us over Christmas. Then we drove to San Diego to spend a couple days with our granddaughter and son and daughter-in-law. One of the questions frequently asked when we were hosting family was “So, what’s the plan for today?” or “What are the plans for lunch or dinner?”
Knowing the plans is helpful information in many ways. It helps me prepare for the day, for what I will wear or need to carry (as a dad that is often cash!). Knowing the plans lets me know who is in charge, calling the shots, setting direction or agenda. Knowing the plan helps me understand if we are on target or late, or missing it altogether! And different families operate with different plans. Some are pretty fixed and rigid, driven by long standing traditions or powerful personalities. Other families are much looser and open to innovations and changes. And still other families cannot make a decision and seem incapable of making plans.
The question I’d like you to consider in preparation for worship Sunday is this: What’s the plan for the church…specifically Montecito Covenant Church? What’s on the schedule? Where are we going? What’s important? What’s not that important? Who’s taking the lead? Are we getting there?
The text for Sunday’s sermon is Ephesians 3:1-21 where Paul lays out God’s plan for the church. Read it a couple of times and put Montecito Covenant and yourself into the text. Where do you have a part? What’s your role? How’s it going?