Thoughts on life, leadership and the movement called the church by Brian C. Hughes, Senior Pastor

by Brian C. Hughes, Senior Pastor

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thoughts about last Sunday...

At the beginning of most weddings I say this: "Days come and go, but this is a GREAT day for..." Well, most Sundays are really good. And good Sundays come and go...But last Sunday was a GREAT day for PCC. We baptized 34 people - each one proclaiming their faith in the reality that Jesus is Lord.

For me, this baptism was special on several front, but none more meaningful than in the baptism of my youngest, Joshua, who will be 9 in a few days. All three of my children have now been baptized as followers of Jesus Christ. I had the privilege of personally baptizing 2 of them.

Angie and Sammy Frame were such critical members of the baptism team...anchors who always play a huge part in putting it together. Angie and I have been baptizing people together now for a long, long time. It's an honor to partner with her. Sammy is such a great organizer and helps us all be prepared. Susan talked with a lot of kids and their parents. Chauncey maintained a good pace and did introductions, John, Jon and Mattias worked magic with the sound. Cathy, Lori and friends set up and organized the party, Wesley organized the cars, Tom and others took pictures... I could go on and on, but the point is that many, many people work to make the day special. I'm grateful for all of them.

Yet, the real honor is in knowing that God has been moving among us, changing lives, moving in hearts, repairing brokenness...and He is working through us. Sometimes, it just blows my mind that God would use us - as messed up as we all are (including me) to do something so incredible.

And there was a first on Sunday. Beth Brawley Stoddard did her first baptism - of her good friend Lindsay Harris. Lindsay and Lenny have become integral parts of PCC, especially at the Westchester campus. It was such a great moment to see Lindsay baptized, but also very special to see Beth do the baptizing.

And then there was one other new thing this year. We've always done a decent job of helping introduce people to Jesus Christ...but we've not done such a great job with following up. This year, Rachel Huff helped led in the formation of a new team with will do just that. They were there early, made some connections with the people being baptized, and will follow up in the coming weeks to help these folks keep their faith growing and strong.

Days come and go, but Sunday was a great day for PCC!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an awesome day!