Monday, January 31, 2005

Manic Monday

ok, blog number 2. Mondays are very different now that I'm pastoring a congregation. I've been heavily involved with worship on Sundays for several years now, but being the person "in charge" of it all. Maybe, more like "charged" with it all leaves me zapped on mondays. I've been sick as well, so by the end of every day I'm tired.

Today was good, though. I spent an hour and a half trying to fold origami shapes because I want to a brochure for the corps (salvation army-ese for church) but I am tired beyond words of the old 3-fold brochure. So, with a student from our youth ministry and mission school, we googled our way through the incredibly complicated world of origami. Do you that origami has its own lexicon--the folds have names and the steps one takes to complete the shapes have names. Long story short, we've settled on a slightly-adjusted version of ... a 3-fold brochure.

After that, we went around to visit some of the spots where my congregation (marginalized and homeless) hang out during the day. There were 2 places I knew about and I discovered a third--the Sony building on Madison Ave. These spots all have atriums that are open to the public during the day and some (Sony) until 11pm. I saw about 5 members of the congregation and spoke with 2. One, I'll call him C, a regular we haven't seen in a while, the other, a new guy who wasn't much interested in talking. C was pleased to see me and we had a good conversation. The funny thing is, I had no idea what to say to begin with other than the fact that we hadn't seen him and was everything ok. The talk was not earth-shattering, but at the end, in his upfront and kind way, he said, "I like what you're doing here." All I was doing was talking and most of the time, in this ministry, I don't feel particularly like I know what I'm doing. But it works for C and I guess it works for me too.

So now it's the end of the day and I didn't "accomplish" much, but I'm tired anyway.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

The first day of the rest of your blog

A good friend just told me that today could be the first day of the rest of my blog. So here I am. What should I be doing? Finishing up my sermon for tomorrow. What am I doing? Blogging.

Very new to this as you can tell from the title of my blog. I really tried to come up with some substantial, deep or annoyingly esoteric title for my little corner of the internet, but I was unsuccessful. So here you are at cool sounding because that is sadly, but truly the best I could come up with.

Obviously not much time to really kick this thing off with gusto, so maybe later.