There is an old African American spiritual that goes:
I got shoes, you got shoes, all God’s children got shoes. When I get to heaven, gonna put on my shoes, I’m gonna walk all over God’s heaven. . .
There are some other verses to this song, including one about a robe:
I got a robe, you got a robe, all God’s children got a robe. When I get to heaven, gonna put on my robe, I’m gonna wear it all over God’s heaven. . .
This past Sunday, you - Beloved Church - gave me a new robe, and I want to thank you! As I said in the worship service, I have been wearing my old robe for twenty-one years. If my robe were a human being, I could legally take it out for a beer! Twenty-one Christmas Eves! Twenty-one Easters! Countless worship services, funerals, and weddings, inside and outside (in all kinds of weather), carried in suitcases, and almost left on a plane once (yikes!).
According to my son, the robe looks exactly the same, but it’s not quite the same. My new robe is lighter weight and has the additional feature of three velvet bands on each sleeve, signifying my new Doctoral degree. And it’s not tattered, wax-stained, or pilling like my old robe!
It is an honor for me to wear this new robe as I minister at BPC, and I want to thank the people who made it happen - Alicia Wooldridge, Jack Daly, Andy Wickwire, and others behind the scenes. You sure know how to make your pastor feel special. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Prepare for Worship This Week:
The Many and the One (Who Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?)
- Read Galatians 3:23-29
- Read Luke 8:26-39
- Read or sing Hymn # 181 - “Silence! Frenzied Unclean Spirit”