A New Project
About a year ago, I was asked to serve on a new team at church, the Natural Church Development team. The purpose of NCD is to help a healthy church become healthier by identifying its weakest area and spending a year to a year and a half deliberately strengthening that area. The NCD website is here: http://www.ncd-international.org/public/
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Like most Lutheran churches, our weakest area is Passionate Spirituality. The team has worked diligently, brainstorming and implementing ideas and plans. A responsibility I agreed to take on was to start a blog which would serve as a daily devotional area for church members and anyone else who happened across that blog. The initial plan was to have individually written devotional pieces, first weekly and ultimately daily.
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What seemed to be -- and actually is -- a splendid idea has become entangled in the web of time available. I've not had time to write one piece myself, much less explain the plan and recruit others. I felt as though I was letting my team mates down. And then it dawned on me: Just because I'm unable at present to get the ideal blog going, that doesn't mean I shouldn't start with something and hope to ultimately get the project into the form we had hoped.
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Harking back to Ezekiel who called forth bare bones and entrusted God to put flesh on them, our project has begun with a blog that shows the daily lectionary readings. Readers can share in the comments section ways that the particular readings speak to them. If you are so inclined, you can visit this blog here: http://lectionaryreading.blogspot.com/