Yesterday I learned there is a unique joy in seeing the church I pastor thrive when I’m not able to be with them on a Sunday. I honestly believe yesterday was one of our best Sundays yet at Restoration City and it was made all the sweeter by the fact that I wasn’t there.
It had always been the plan for Dan to preach this weekend. But I woke up on Saturday morning with every expectation that I was going to be at our weekly gathering the next day. Unfortunately, Jack got the flu. While the flu is never fun, it takes on a new level of complication when the patient is 2 years old and he has a 2 week old brother at home. So, Team McGowan went into full quarantine and triage mode over the weekend. While Laura and I were stocking up on hand sanitizer and trying to coax Jack into staying hydrated, it became clear I wasn’t going to be going anywhere on Sunday morning.
Our team literally didn’t miss a beat. Tim Elzea stepped up in a huge way to provide leadership and direction for our Sunday morning teams. Tyler and Steph did an amazing job with production on a Sunday when we weren’t even in our normal venue!! The band, RCC Kids, Connect and Prayer were all amazing. And my friend Dan Iten killed it with his sermon.
I loved getting texts and pictures all morning about how well things were going…and, no, they weren’t just from Dan! People kept telling me how good the room felt, how much energy people had, how well things were going and how well Dan was doing.
I hated not being there and I loved not being there all at the same time. We aren’t trying to build an event. We aren’t trying to build a cult of personality. We’re asking the Spirit of God to breathe life into a church. Yesterday was a beautiful reminder that God is answering that prayer.
Restoration City, I love you! I’m so honored to be your pastor, to serve with an amazing team and to live life with you.
For the record, don’t think I’m getting too attached to not being with you on a Sunday…I can’t wait to see you this week!