In Touch September 4, 2009
Posted on September 4, 2009 by under Touché,

“The Beginning of an Odyssey”

 Odyssey: An extended adventurous voyage or trip. An intellectual or spiritual quest: an odyssey of discovery.

 HRC Odyssey began in the mind of God long before the first service of worship this year in Tymor Park.  It was in the mind of Chris Snider long before her son Jamie came with joy to sing songs of praise and share worship with his girlfriend.  It was in the mind of Mark Mast long before he was called to Hopewell and ever knew there was a place called Unionvale, New York.

 HRC Odyssey began for me two Christmas Eves ago.  It was our first service. Pure Joy was playing and a Sax player’s son was in the congregation with his father.  The boy was in a wheelchair and made noise with every breath.  His body moved continually with involuntary motion.  I imagined it was tough for his dad in the quiet moments of the service to have his son making noise.  Then came the most holy moment of the night.  The candles were lit and we sang Silent Night. What I saw brought tears to my eyes.  The Dad wrapped his arm around his son and was singing Silent Night into his ear.  A stillness and peace came over the boy that had not been there all night.  That was Christmas Eve.   A heavenly father wrapping his arms around us in Jesus Christ and saying I love you.  It is a message for everyone no matter who you are or what your needs.

 Odyssey began that night for me and Odyssey began for all of us this past year.  It will be our first “Celebration Sunday” to celebrate with HRC Odyssey.  Chris Snider will have a chance to share with all of us what was on the mind of  God long before we caught up to him.  It is a day to be reminded that a loving father is singing peace to all of us and the hope of the gospel.

 When we started HRC Journey, Odyssey was not what we had in mind.  I am glad that God did. Come celebrate his plan this Sunday at Tymor Park beginning at 10:30 AM.  Pure Joy will play,  I will preach, Chris and Trian (from Common Ground) will speak, but God will be working on some plans that, as of yet, we can only imagine.

 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

 Yours in Peace,