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.