1. Erica C.
    September 8, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

    You, my dear Ms. Rowe, are a gift! I love you, your mind, and your heart. Thanks for your vulnerability, grace and calling us, together, onward and upward! The call–without shame–to grow in this area is wonderful.

    I’ve found that Liturgical Volunteering helps with my timeliness (heard there was an upcoming training….hint, hint, right Kathy?). Praying before the service, inviting the Holy Spirit to be among us, laying a hand on the shoulder of someone who will be ushing, playing a guitar, or in the sound booth, helps me engage the connection that the joy of this worship and church thing is a group project!


  2. David Hanke
    September 8, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    This is so excellent, Amy. Thank you for graciously reminding us of the goodness that happens at the start of the service. You are such a good writer.


  3. Anne C
    September 8, 2017 @ 5:53 pm

    you ARE such a good writer, Amy! Thank you for taking the time and brain power. This is awesome. I’m so glad to be part of Resto.
    Day after day, i’m grateful.


  4. Matt Hoppe
    September 8, 2017 @ 8:40 pm

    Wait? Stuff happens before the singing? They sing more than one song?!? Why are Sunday mornings so much more daunting than every other day of the week? I love this challenge. Count me in.


  5. Matt Hoppe
    September 8, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

    Ha! This is totally NOT Matt commenting. It’s Rachel. I am pretty sure Matt knows what happens at the beginning of the service. Actually, he encourages me to try it almost every week!


  6. Christine Jones
    September 10, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

    Amy – I love this! You have written so beautifully – full of humor, grace and doggone truth. I am sure that the devil laughs as division strikes families, couples, roommates, trying to get each other out the door on time on Sundays. And he loves watching our pride rise up as we (I) think, “Well, I am just too busy/important/whatever to be sitting at church waiting on everyone else! I’ll slip in when it suits me…”
    I noticed you were in the front row – early! – today. I’m convicted! xo


  7. Tim in Alaska
    September 11, 2017 @ 12:26 am

    God I miss you guys! That Resto Grace! I wept as I read the prayer. As I so often did at the table of Restoration, I felt again the Holy Spirit feed and nourish my soul. I remember… I remember…

    Thank you so much for your brave honesty and sending Grace.


  8. Naomi
    September 11, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

    You have the most beautiful way with words, Amy. This is so wonderful!!! xoxo


  9. Steve Brooks
    September 12, 2017 @ 12:34 am

    Amy! This was a great post full of vulnerability, truth, love, humor, humility and, and and…MORE. Thank you.


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