When I was growing up, my dad was an active presence in my life. Family vacations, meals, sporting events, birthdays, church, he was there for all of that stuff. We had a great family and there is no question of whether or not we had a healthy, loving, father/son relationship.
But every now and then, we'd go fishing.
We'd turn on the sprinklers the day before we planned to go to the lake. Then at night, we go catch the enormous earthworms stretched out over the lawn. Then the next morning, while the sun was coming up, we'd load up the minivan and drive out to the lake with bait and tackle and hope for catching something big.
Fishing with my dad very rarely involved anyone else. It was just the two of us. A sort of special thing that he did with me and not anyone else.
On Friday, October 24 we're celebrating with a special dinner and service as a part of our Ignite worship series. Considering that our Sunday gatherings will be focused on the same thing, an additional Friday night worship service may seem a little redundant.
I think back to those fishing trips with my dad. The fishing trips weren't redundant in the context of an already great relationship. They were special, set apart, times that only made the other things, the routines, the dinners, the ball games, more meaningful.
So I invite you to be a part of the Ignite Evening of Worship, not because I think our Sunday morning gatherings are insufficient for teaching or that the Spirit is somehow inaccessible, but because sometimes we just go fishing.
Here's the info:
Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Naperville campus
Cost: FREE (but please register)
•Dinner will be served between 6 and 7 p.m. (come any time)
•Worship will be from 7-8:15 p.m. and dessert will follow.
•Childcare will be provided for kids 5 and under. There will be a children's program that evening for ages 6-5th grade.