Change

I love Sundays … usually. There is one Sunday I’m not too wild about, this coming Sunday. It’s the one when we move our clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep. It throws most of us. People will be late to church. The time difference requires adjusting when everything moves up an hour. With that said, perhaps we should go ahead and adjust our clocks right now – while we are thinking about it. I normally do it early on Saturday just to make sure.

Change isn’t comfortable. We get set in our ways. We like predictable. Change won’t let us be comfortable, whether we are talking about the time or anything else in life. But we know that change is inevitable. We do not stay the same in our personal lives. In just about every pursuit of life, change happens. It happens at church. We can hold on to valued traditions with tenacity but we know if we are going to reach a changing world, we have to be willing to change. The challenge has always been: How to we remain committed to a timeless message while being willing to change our methods?

Here’s an example:

A couple of years ago we changed the title of our Sunday morning Bible study groups. We started calling them Covenant Groups. Why? Our desire was to raise the level of commitment among these groups, to make way for the formation of groups outside the traditional time frame, to ‘covenant’ with each other that we believed these groups were dedicated to the study of God’s Word, ministry to each other and beyond, fellowship, and prayer. When you make a covenant, you take seriously the implications.

We have been forced to live with a change, albeit a temporary one, for worship. The Peachtree Room has been our home for the last several months while renovation work is being done in the sanctuary. Many of our people grasped the value of closer and more intimate fellowship. We have enjoyed the atmosphere. Some haven’t attended because we were not worshiping in the sanctuary. Well, for all of us, we are about to make a change.

Beginning Palm Sunday, we will worship on Sunday mornings in our sanctuary. This would be a great time for you take the initiative to invite someone to join us as we begin Holy Week. This would also be a great opportunity to think about any change you need to make about where you sit and how you interact with fellow worshipers. You should know by now what I would dearly love. Let’s fill that front section of the sanctuary. Let’s continue to create the warm and inviting feel to Wieuca’s worship.

As we welcome Bryan and Robin Brock, their sons Logan and Evan, please pray for this transition. Speaking of change, they will be moving into a new home next week. Evan will be going to a new school. Let’s do what we can to make them feel at home while life is changing for them.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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