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Sunday Will Happen

It happens like this: You’ve worked all week to make everything cool, calm, and collected…but then about 20 minutes before service starts…you get the call.  You know the call.  It’s your sound/video/light guy in your Elementary Production saying that he can’t be there, because he’s been called in to work.  That’s all cool, except the teenager-in-training is also away for a Spring Break trip; and your backup to the backup has been asked to fill in for a small group leader that was scheduled to be out; and the backup, backup, backup is in the 4 year old classroom working for a volunteer who’s toddler woke up puking; and the backup, backup, backup, backup is nowhere to be found…and you’ve suspected they might be leaving the church anyway.

Panic begins to set in, and you’re not sure who can transition slides on Pro Presenter for the awesome God the the Rescue slides you’ve spent all week arranging with cool background tunes to make the teaching slick and presentable.  About that time your own kid’s teacher approaches you and says that your kid is complaining about their stomach hurting and is greenish in color.  “Are you kidding me!” you think inside.  “Does somebody have it out for me?!” you ponder in your heart.

Then before you know it the morning is over.  Wait, what happened?  How did we get past the chaos?  Well it’s easy really.  Sunday always happens.  Even if you have a 10 year old running the sound board, and the small groups are a little more chaotic than normal, and your kid has to sit in the back with a trashcan between their legs.  The kids at church have learned something.  It might have not be perfect, but that’s all right.  Sunday doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective. It’s going to happen anyway, just prepare yourself for this fact and you’ll find yourself patient beyond your own understanding.  Sunday’s are funny that way, huh?

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. henryjz · April 20, 2011

    You are so right! We so quickly forget that the Holy Spirit is the one in charge… not us :) I can’t help but think that God orchestrates those crazy moments with a smile on his face and then pats us on the head after it’s all said and done and says, “See… it’s OK. I’ve got it.”

    • Jonathan Cliff · April 20, 2011

      Teaching this to those younger than me (not that I’m ancient) is my current assignment. It will all be allright…eventually!

  2. Peter · April 20, 2011

    In my own twisted way, I’m glad to know things go wrong for other people too :D.