01-27-19 @North Heartland: Breathing Room concludes (and the Chiefs)

Good morning dear family and friends of North Heartland,

I'll start out with the easy part. This Sunday, we'll conclude our Breathing Room series. I'm calling my message Shapeless because we'll be addressing the physical condition so many of us (myself included) are in these days. We're literally out of breath because we treat our bodies as if they are indestructible and without limits. 

I'm looking forward to this message a little more than most because, having put on a few extra pounds since summer, I personally need to be reminded of what I'm going to say. That said, you should know that the message isn't going to be only about food, eating and weight and it certainly won't include any "fat shaming." Instead, we're going to look at all things physical with the goal of inspiring and empowering us to give our bodies some much needed margin - whatever that looks like for each of us.

Also, in addition to the message and some outstanding music, we'll be celebrating communion at the end of the service. With the weather a little more cooperative than in previous weeks, I expect we'll all have an easier time making it to church on Sunday!

So, the Chiefs.

I don't know about you but, wow, that was hard to take: so close to tasting victory and then having to swallow the bitter pill of defeat!

I was so certain the Mahomes-led cohort would dispose of the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), Tom Brady. But, sadly, that did not happen because, in my opinion and as much as it pains me to say it, Brady truly is the best QB ever to have played. Hopefully, Mahomes will someday supersede him. Unfortunately, that day has not yet arrived.

In any case, on Superbowl Sunday we had planned to do our annual "Football Sunday" service using Sports Spectrum's 30-minute video featuring testimonies of several athletes from both teams playing that day as well as other NFL stars. It's always so well done and inspirational but, observing the reaction of so many others to the Chiefs' loss plus my own, I doubt this plan will work as well as it has in the past. 

However, February 3rd still IS Superbowl Sunday and all of us Chiefs' fans will have to deal with that in some way. So, I'm going to call an audible and declare that Superbowl Sunday at North Heartland is now Black Sunday.

We're going to have a little fun with that idea (I'll give you more details at the end of this Sunday's service) but, more importantly, I'm going to use this opportunity to address what our collective reaction reveals about us and, surprisingly, about God. I'm calling my message If It's Only a Game, Why Did That Hurt So Much? and I promise, you won't want to miss it.

In addition, if you have family and friends who are not church-attenders but love the Chiefs, this is the service for them. In addition to my message, we'll have great music and several hilarious "football games." So start talking to them about it now and then push, pull or drag them with you!

That's all for today. Stay warm and I will see you Sunday!

Rick

****** Stats from Sunday ******

Attendance 
    
09:30    426
11:00    336
Total    762
    
LiveStream IPs    54
    
Ministry & Operations Fund
    
Offering    $24,926
Goal    $20,000
YTD    $46,106
Goal    $54,000
Status    -$7,894

Rick McGinniss