Okay...so this actually took place three days ago. It's a little difficult for me to keep up like I would like to when I'm working a full day and then entertaining shorties when I get home. I usually don't end up updating my site until later in the evening when everyone has started winding down. I caught a rare moment of quiet since Mariah is visiting her cousins and Elijah is napping. Just enough time for me to share my Sunday experience.
It's rather sad that I don't get back to Union Baptist more often. Not near as sad now as it used to before I moved. Previously, I was less than five minutes away from the church and I just didn't go. No good reason at all. Especially given the fact that it's the church where I grew up. I was raised in Union just as much as I was in Norwalk. That's also the good thing about it. Whenever I do go back, there are those same familiar faces.
This past Sunday, that's exactly where Mariah, Elijah and I attended service. Auntie Ann made the "suggestion" that we go to church. She said it didn't have to be Union, but it needed to be somewhere. The thought of going to Cornerstone did cross my mind, but only temporarily. Union Baptist was the natural choice. My longtime streak of being a Bedside Baptist regular would have to finally come to an end.
Funny thing was, I had just found my two favorite Bibles earlier this week. In the process of moving my things, I located my Amplified Bible and my Study Bible that I thought were lost for good. I was all geeked about finally being able to use them again (yes....I know it's sad) and then guess what I did? Yep...turned right around and left them at home when I went to church. Luckily, I was able to download a Bible app on my iPhone. I may have looked silly sitting up in there reading my iPhone when they came to Scripture and everyone else had a real Bible, but oh well.
I have to be honest...there were some elders in there that I really wasn't expecting to see. A couple of folks I thought had already passed away and they were still in there going strong. I even swore I remember attending one of their funerals a while back. Or maybe it was her relative and she was just there as well. It was still good to see that they still looked so good in their older years. Gives me something to look forward to.
There was one thing I always remember about Union that still remains true. The pulpit situation reminded me of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Stay with me here...even though only Trekkies will get the parallel. Commander Riker was always one of the best second-in-commands in Starfleet. He could have easily had his own ship if he wanted to, but he was more comfortable always having Captain Picard's back. That's how I always perceived Rev. Thomas and Rev. Hanna. I was a little surprised that after all these years, Rev. Hanna wasn't head pastor at a church somewhere else, but not really. He was Riker to Pastor Thomas's Picard. Nothing wrong with that.
Even though it seemed like I wasn't paying attention due to my numerous Twitter updates I sent, I really was engaged in the sermon. Especially given the fact that it was delivered by none other than Pastor Franz Whitfield. I didn't even know he was a pastor. I still remember when he was singing in Uncle Johnny's choir Voices of Inspiration.
The Word came from John 5:2. The theme was "A Change Gonna Come". He spoke about how although a change is gonna come, it is not dependent on your circumstance. It's right there before you and it's up to you to make it happen. Rather aprés peau given my current situation. So God definitely wanted me to hear that message.
Another takeaway from the sermon (see...I really was listening) was Franz's take on excuses. He said a excuse is nothing but a dressed lie to look like a good reason. Pretty clever, but I like ours better: excuses are nothing but tools of incompetence used to build monuments of nothingness; those who specialize in them seldom accomplish anything else. There's not an Alpha alive that doesn't know that one.
So the big question is will I now start going back to Union on a regular basis? I really have no excuse now since my Bibles are back in my possession. I'll be out of town next Sunday so that's out. I'll be out of town the Sunday after that as well. Jesus knows my heart though.