Rustlings (November 30, 2015)

I’ve been told my whole life, “Ask for what you want.” We don’t always get it, but it never hurts to ask, and you really never know. As a child, the Sears Christmas Catalogue was the source of wishing and asking. Corners of pages were bent, toys were circled with bright colored Flairs, and lists were compiled and placed in conspicuous places. I didn’t get half – or even a quarter – of the things I requested, but it was fun to dream…

What do I want this year? My children asked me to make a list… so… a new convertible VW ($28,000), an entry fee to the 2016 World Series of Poker ($10,000), a Kawai K-15 Continental Console piano ($4000), a couple of days with my daughters and granddaughter during the Christmas season (priceless ☺). I’ve sent this list to my daughters. I’m getting the best 25% of items requested…

I gave another list to the musicians of our church. I’ve asked Vivian and the Sanctuary Choir to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria this Sunday – the Second Sunday of Advent. I asked Kyle to plan another First on Main Christmas concert at NOMA Square outside the Hyatt on Wednesday evening, December 16. For Christmas Eve, I’ve asked Charles Thompkins to share a 30 minute organ concert of Christmas music prior to the service and Dr. Tina Bailey (CBF missionary to Bali and professional artist/dancer) to share an interpretive dance during the service. (This is in addition to Kyle Matthews and Phil Snyder who’ve already agreed to share their talents with us!) So far, everyone has agreed to provide what has been requested on this list!

Come and join us for all these events and the many other that are planned during this season. Our hearts are going to be filled with the gifts and talents of those among us and around us.

— Jim