One of our musicians (Bill Partlow) is an incredibly encouraging man... he is a joy to do music with, and just to be around. He sent this email out to some of the band folks... but it was so inspiring I wanted to share it with you! ~E
I really like Carlos Santana and his music. Maryland Public Television (MPT) recently aired Carlos, and a collection of incredible musicians playing live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011. I was blown away by the excellence of the music. But perhaps more importantly, I was impressed with a couple of things Carlos said during a brief interview and during the concert. I share those words with you below:
“Sincerely, there is a child in me, that wants to retain, remain, being a child of God, and not believe what people say about you. Because once you start believing all that kind of stuff it is very difficult to maintain and sustain the integrity of innocence. I keep telling people, whether it is baseball, basketball, football or music, when your head is bigger than you heart there is trouble.”
“Please remember this…you are significant, you are meaningful, and you can make a difference in this world. Because you have two things…Life and Love…Life and Love. And with that you can create the ultimate miracle, to make a conscious choice in your mind to make every day the best day of your life. Be kind to one another. God bless you.”
Thanks to each of you for making a positive difference in this world.
Each Christ-like action you demonstrate brings Him glory and inspires those around you to pursue our Lord.
We are continuing our series on Casting Call, about our identity as a church, this week is about Community.
Our special is "The Weight" by The Band, considered one of the 50 greatest rock n roll songs of all time.
The SAW annual community day is June 9th, from 1pm to 11pm, so if you're a songwriter, or know a songwriter, there are workshops, a dinner, and lots of fun musical activity...
Next SAW concert is June 16th, with Cindi Slaughter and the Big Cheese.
It's Memorial Day and the Marine Band (with Karen on harp) is playing at Wolf Trap, the concert starts at 8pm with fireworks afterwards, but get there early for a good seat if you're going!
We'll close the service today with a short video honoring our troops... have a great three day weekend and we'll see you next week.
A former co-worker had an odd habit of verbally characterizing practically everyone in terms of abnormal psychology. The accountant who simply requested a spending report was “anal-rententive”. A staff member who forgot a meeting had “dementia”. On entering a meeting that had lost heat on a cold January day, he asked, “Why is everyone so anti-social? How can I tell? Because you have crossed your arms over your chests.” My IT colleagues and I were shy. He labelled us “autistic”. However, a tech who gave a presentation he upgraded to “passive-aggressive”. A planning session? “Exercise in paranoia.” A change in plans? Yep, “schizophrenic”.
To be fair, our parents and teachers have conditioned us—oops—to judge, identify, and categorize. Our safety and progress depend upon adequate, timely discernment. Good leadership includes the ability, given incomplete information, to decide correctly and act at the right time.
Perhaps the telling difference between psych-guy and me was that he said what he thought, or as he diagnosed himself, "sometimes I have trouble with impulse control".
Psych-guy's extreme helped me recognize that (a) too often I judged when no judgment was required, (b) too often my judgment proved to be wrong, and (c) too often I was inclined to stick with a wrong first impression.
Subsequently, by avoiding hasty conclusions I have more time to see and hear. If judgment eventually is required, I usually by then have better facts, and less bias to confirm a previous impression.
For example, there’s the matter of you. Yes, you there, reading this blog.
Probably it is safe to assume that if you have read this far that you are smarter, more spiritual, and altogether nicer than most people. Do I think you are needy, hurting, and anxious for the future? Many people are. But you might be the opposite, overconfident and presumptuous. I don't know.
By not prematurely judging, I have saved time and embarrassment. The trick is to use that time to hear, see, and serve.
“Stop judging by appearances. Judge by what is really right.” — John 7
"You will be judged in the same way that you judge others.” — Matthew 7
"Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.' So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, 'He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.' But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.' Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.' — Luke 19
Good morning Surgeons!
We had a wonderful time in concert with our partners in SAW last night with Gina DeSimone and the Moaners and Lisa Taylor.
Our next SAW event is a don't miss evening! June 16th will be featuring Cindi Slaughter, who was on stage with us last week... and it will be her going away party. She's moving to Nashville this summer.
We're kicking off the second part of our Identity series, called Casting Call. The big idea is to talk about who we are as a church and the concepts of discipleship God is using to bring us together in a unique way.
Today's message is "Shout out to Something" and is about worship.
Next weekend is Memorial Day, so if you have family in town, bring them to the State Theatre! It will be a great Sunday...
Also, one of our own, Karen Reiss will be playing harp with the Marine Band next Sunday evening at Wolf Trap... they do a free concert there every year with about 10,000 of your closest friends, with music and fireworks to kick off the summer season - it's a great event.
That's all... we'll see you soon!
At The Surge we love doing things together... that includes writing a blog! Here are a few of our main contributing authors:
Our fearless leader, Dwaine is the lead pastor at The Surge. His experience in counter terrorism with the CIA prepared him for ministry and he likes dogs and babies even more than E does.
E (short for Eric Reiss) is the Wingman at The Surge and likes dogs, music, Mexican food, his wife Karen and his little girl Evangeline... not necessarily in that order.