WORDS FROM W.W. September 16, 2009
“PASTORAL CORRESPONDENCE”
Dear Fred,
I’ve missed having you in worship the last few weeks. Is everything okay? I know there’s a lot of sickness going around right now. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
No sickness, but Sundays have been busy for us lately. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
Have you all had a lot of relatives visiting from out-of-town; or been traveling to see your mom and dad in Wyoming? Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
No, it’s our own schedule difficulties. The wife and I have gotten involved in a square dancing group that meets on Saturday nights, and usually afterwards most of us head to a restaurant for a late-night meal. Most Sunday mornings we’re so exhausted that we just lay in bed. Sincerely Fred
Dear Fred,
That’s great that you’re getting a lot of exercise. I just wish you’d join us for some spiritual exercising on Sunday morning in church. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
We’ll try to get there in the next couple of weeks. When you did our pre-marriage counseling 25 years ago you mentioned the need to keep dating your wife, so I’m following your advice every Saturday night. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
You’re a good man, Fred…with a good memory! I think I also counseled the two of you to keep growing spiritually in your marriage relationship. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
I vaguely remember something about that. That’s why the wife and I lay in bed a lot of Sunday mornings. You know…it being a day of rest and all. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
I think maybe you’re mi-interpreting that scriptural principle. The Sabbath day of rest was focused on putting work to the side and worshipping the glory of God. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
You know the bible better than me, so…the truth is that we’re just lazy. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
Would you like a wake-up call this Sunday? Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
Actually, this Sunday we’re getting up early and heading up to the Fruit Festival in the northern part of the state. The wife has to have her yearly visit there, and be able to buy some apple butter. It’s the best. We’re pulling out at 6AM sharp! Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
Won’t you be exhausted from Saturday night? Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
Yes, we’ll be tired, but it’s worth it. They have some great entertainers performing, admission isn’t that expensive, and we try to get there early to beat the crowds. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
Excuse the analogies, but each Sunday we give God a performance of worship that we hope he delights in, our admission is free, and you don’t even have to get here early to beat the crowd. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
You’ve got a good sense of humor. You should use that in a sermon sometime. Maybe we’ll see you the next week. I think the wife has nursery duty then anyway. Sincerely, Fred
Fred,
Well, at least I’ll see you that Sunday. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
Oh, I just remembered! We’re in a bowl-a-thon for swine flu awareness next Sunday. Hey, could you find someone to replace the wife in the nursery for us. Sincerely, Fred
Dear Fred,
Well, whenever you get around to worshipping with us again I just hope we’re still here. Sincerely, Pastor Jones
Pastor Jones,
Thanks for the interest. I’ll talk more to the wife and we’ll see if we can make it sometime before Christmas. By the way, could we borrow a few tables from the church? We’re having a garage sale a couple of weeks from now on Sunday, October 4. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Fred.

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