In Need of Revival

Life Notes—July 28, 2011

“Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?  Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”   Psalm 85:6-7 

It has been too hot and too humid for too long.  These are the dog days of summer.  My phone’s dictionary defines them as “a sultry period of summer marked by lethargy.”  That describes the past weeks inKansasand much of the nation—sultry and lethargic.  I find myself dragging my feet from one air conditioned space to another, hoping in vain for a cool breeze between.  This weather wears on me mentally and physically.  I cannot sleep enough.  I cannot get motivated.  It is hot, even for early morning walks. 

I have been traveling for much of July.  Two weeks ago I spent five days with 18 youth and five adults from our church at Youth 2011, a gathering of 3700 United Methodist Youth from all over the country, held atPurdueUniversity.  And last week I spent four days at the National Worship Leader’s Conference with several thousand other worship leaders.  Between those two events I attended 14 awe-inspiring worship services in a nine day span.  I heard some of the best worship leaders and songwriter/musicians in the world, along with many dynamic worship speakers.  When I arrived home last Thursday night I was excited, renewed and full of ideas and passion and new songs to bring to worship!  I simply cannot wait to get back into a worship rhythm in the services I am privileged to be a part of.  I have been revived—and I really needed it! 

Clearly, the sluggishness of these summer days had spread from my physical to my spiritual life.  My dictionary says revival is a “restoration to life, vigor and strength,” and that’s exactly how I feel!  I am spiritually alive, in spite of the heat.  My yard may be brown and barren and the air may burn when I breathe, but I feel rejuvinated! 

I know many of us wait out these long days of summer, hoping for an early fall.  But we still have August to endure.  Are you in need of revival?  Certainly the cooler weather and cleansing rains of autumn will bring physical revival, but what about our spirits?  Spiritual revival is available any time of the year.  I was just reminded of that and invite you to experience revival, too.  Right in the middle of a brutal summer.  AtFirstChurchor wherever you are.  Regardless of your current situation.  Open your heart and mind to God in prayer, in song, in praise and in joy!  God waits expectantly to welcome us back.  Let our spiritual revival lead us out of the doldrums of summer. 

This Sunday Mitch will be preaching downtown.  His sermon title is “And In This Corner,” based on Genesis 32:22-31.  Life worship is at 9:40 in Brady Hall.  Traditional worship is at 8:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary. Reverend Jerry Vaughn will preach at the west campus, where contemporary worship is at 9:00 and 11:00.  

Come home to church this Sunday.  Are you in need of revival?

Greg Hildenbrand, Life Music Coordinator

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