O Canada!

Last week, I told you about Parkland's Canada Day Pancake Breakfast (and celebration of Canadian stereotypes), and we're excited about it! If you haven't told your friends about it yet, you should. We'll have breakfast ready at 8:30, and we'll be serving pancakes until (a) we run out of batter, (b) nobody wants more pancakes, or (c) it's 10:00 and the service is going to start. Speaking of the service itself, it's going to be great. Because everyone's in a good mood after eating pancakes, right? And I'm going to preach on a topic that is probably high on your list of things you never thought you'd hear at church. This Sunday isn't a time for those of us who attend Parkland regularly to be served. You will be served (pancakes, specifically), but if the alignment of your heart is to come and be a consumer, then you've got it a bit confused. Our job on Sunday is to love and serve our community, the people you've invited to join us, and each other. I'm asking you to exercise gospel awareness, to pay attention to what needs to be done, and to pitch in wherever you see a need. Don't worry about whose "job" it is to do thus and so. This isn't a union shop. If you see a need, fill it. If you see someone standing on the margins, invite them in. Don't be afraid that you're going to do or say the wrong thing. Focus on your heart and do what the Spirit prompts you to do. To paraphrase the apostle Paul, whether you eat pancakes, drink coffee, play street hockey, play a game with the kids, or whatever else you do, do it all to the glory of God. Because this Sunday isn't just about pancakes: it's about the kingdom. I look forward to seeing you there.

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