Two-time defending champion Brian Chilton has been dethroned. We have a new Christ Church “Texas Chili” champion: John Nehme. And kudos to Kevin Lloyd and David Perry for winning the “Fancy Chili” and “Freestyle Chili” categories last Sunday! I loved Sunday. The presence of God in our worship was thick and the pure joy, laughter and community of our Ceili/Chili Cook-off was a riot of fun. Thank you, thank you to Brian Murphy, Debi Bankhead, Laura Smith, Michele Gavin and all the others who helped organize it!
If you can pause from Mack Brown updates and the seasonal rush take a moment, in light of our Advent series on worship, to chew on this quote from former Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple (HT: Fr. Peter Coelho for passing it along):
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God.
It is the quickening of the conscience by His holiness;
the nourishment of mind with His truth;
the purifying of the imagination by His beauty;
the opening of the heart to His love;
the surrender of will to His purpose –
and all of this gathered up in adoration,
the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable,
and therefore the chief remedy of that self-centeredness
which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”
This week our series continues with a focus on the togetherness of our worship. Yes, we worship as the rescued. Yes, we worship in awe and fear of the Lord. It is also essential that we adore him together.
Come this Sunday, and Let Us Adore Him,
PS If you would like to learn more about coming early to worship some Sundays in order to intercede with others for the Lord’s ministry among us, please contact Brian Murphy.