• on June 16, 2021

From the Pastor

Rev. William Bills
Everything Happens for a Reason
June 16, 2021

I like clever signs. Some are intentionally clever. The best ones are the ones that are accidentally clever. I saw one once that read, “Special Guest Speaker: Missionary, Bertha Belch. Come Wednesday at 7:00 to hear Bertha Belch from Africa.” That may be my all-time favorite.

A clever auto mechanic once posted, “He who is without oil shall throw the first rod.” (Compressions 8.7:1)

And then there is this beauty, literally from the church just down the road from my house:

11:00 Sermon, “The Profession of a Prostitute” / 7:00 Sermon, “Money Matters”. That was for real! It was Bethel United Reformed Church on the corner of 20th and Baldwin in Jenison.

The one I have been reflecting on today is this: “Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid.” That would be me yesterday when I realized that I had completely misunderstood the technician who is installing our livestreaming camera equipment. I was sure his email said he would be here yesterday to finish the work that was delayed due to back-ordered equipment. In fact, it says that he will be back Tuesday NEXT WEEK to finish the job. As I busied myself last week trying to remember how to do a live worship service with real people in the building, I rushed through his email without paying enough attention. So I told everyone we would be livestreaming this week on Sunday morning. Silly me! How about next Sunday?

We will record the service as it happens live this week again and then upload it to Facebook and YouTube on Sunday afternoon. The delay is simply because a sixty minute video file takes some time to upload to the internet. (All those high speed numbers the cable companies throw around really apply to download speeds, not upload speeds.)

If you are at worship this week, please remember to observe social distancing. There are markers in the pews indicating safe seating distances. (Families may certainly sit together.) Please avail yourselves of the hand sanitizing stations. Remember to sign in for contact tracing purposes. Don’t forget your mask. Please don’t gather in small groups to chat inside the building. I know that most people are vaccinated but that may not apply to everyone. You are encouraged to visit outside in the garden, on the lawn or in the parking lot. Things went pretty well last week, except for my erroneous announcement. Thank you for your cooperation.

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