The Ol' Pastor Swap
This weekend I am swapping pulpits with Rev. Greg Holston of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Trevose, PA. St. Matthew is a predominately african-american congregation in our town that we partner with on occasion. Pastor Greg will be preaching at The Well, which I will be very sad to miss. I heard him preach at our combined Easter Sunrise service and he was awesome. He has a great handle on the scriptures and the gospel and preaches it with a ton of passion. I know The Well will be blessed and challenged by him this weekend.
Part of the deal is that I get to head over to preach to his community. I’m tremendously excited about this as I love being given the opportunity to speak into other communities of faith. I’ll be preaching on the topic of personal / corporate vocation which will fit quite well with my place in life these days.
One of the values we have at The Well is that of “unity” with the wider body of Christ and I am excited to see us expressing it in this simple way. If you have never done this kind of thing in your church, suggest it or if you are the pastor, just make it happen. I think its a great way to say “we are all one body on mission together.”
Also, its always helpful for communities to hear the scriptures spoken from someone who lives in the midst of a different environment. While there is some overlap for sure, there is no question that the lives that Pastor Greg’s people are living have somewhat different narratives and questions than the people at The Well. I’m excited to be able to speak into their community from my experience and he into ours.
Of course, since the baby has come I haven’t preached in about 7 weeks so I’ve got to figure out how to do this again…