9 days out from Christmas, and I am amazed at how smoothly the first Advent season has gone at Andover. Lots of hard work and love have gone into the past three week’s services and they have been well received from my viewpoint. Today was the highlight of Advent, for me anyway, as we had our first ever music Sunday worship service. The Spirit today was palpable as we worshipped through handbell, violin, choral and solo music. Music really does touch so many people on a deeper level than the spoken word. As one who speaks, rather than resent this fact, I find myself embracing it and seeking to find ways to bring it even more to the forefront. The Word of God in all its many forms is powerful. Rather than limit its use or boil it down to one or two mediums, I think the church is best served by multiple forms of expression of the Word. Sometimes it takes a special Sunday like this past one to realize what is in front of our very eyes.
Published by Todd Nelson
I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past twelve years. My wife Susan and I have three children: Madelyn, Marshall and Melisa. When we aren't attending a ballet or ballgame somewhere, you can find us...oh who am I kidding... this season of life always finds us at a ballgame (Marshall and Melisa) or a ballet (somewhat less now that Madelyn is living in Anapolis, MD.). The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts. View all posts by Todd Nelson