For me at least, this time of year is one of the most exciting…and it’s not just because toe will be meeting leather over in Athens soon (Go Dawgs)! As school begins again, it feels like we are starting a new ministry year at Creekside. We get back into our normal schedule on Sunday, we start our Wednesday Evening Connection back up, our preschool and sports ministry begin new years, and all of our ministries begin to fire on all cylinders once more. If you’ve been traveling a lot this summer, or if you’ve generally fallen out of your “church routine,” now is a great time to get re-engaged.
A new school year is a great time to begin a new message series! This year, I want to introduce (or reintroduce) you to someone who almost feels like an old friend. There is no character in all of the Old Testament that I enjoy studying more than David—the shepherd boy who God made King of Israel. In our series over the next couple of months, we will see that David fell short many times. However, we will also see several traits that made David “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). As the late, great Fredrick Buechner wrote about him, “He had feet of clay like the rest of us, if not more so--he was self-serving and deceitful, lustful and vain—but…you can see why it was David more than anybody else that Israel lost its heart to and why, when Jesus of Nazareth came riding into Jerusalem on his flea-bitten mule a thousand years later, it was as the Son of David that they hailed him.”
As we read and consider a number of episodes from David’s life, we will not only see what it was about him that characterized his heart for the LORD. We will also be invited to have such a heart ourselves! I hope to see you as we gather for worship, connection, and growth at Creekside.