Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Tower of Babel is not the usual Sunday sermon text. Through the centuries Babel has come to mean confusion and chaos. Yet, Minda's exegesis and practical explanation of it this Sunday as otherwise was a blessing to me. I hope you will be blessed too.
Sermon by Minda Schweizer
July 27, 2014
Irvine Presbyterian Church
My name is Minda Schweizer. My family and I have been a part of the IPC worshipping community now for a year and during this time I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know many of you. For those who I haven’t had the opportunity to meet, I am married to Aaron Schweizer, IPC’s Operations Director. When people first meet me, I often get, “Oh you’re Aaron’s wife…we love him. He is doing such a great job.” I personally agree. I think he’s very talented at his job and he has a pastoral heart. It makes for a great combination. What some people don’t know is that our roles reverse at different points in the week…and he gets, “Oh, you’re Minda’s husband.” This happens at our presbytery meetings and at 4:30 on Sunday afternoons when we go to a small church service where I serve as a pastoral intern in Ladera Ranch called Common Villages. Common Villages is a worship gathering developing into a community of house churches.
Last year in July, Aaron and I entered into a mid-career ministry transition. We transitioned from serving in a parachurch ministry as college campus ministers for 17 years with Campus Crusade for Christ to serving in church ministry… sometimes I find myself quietly asking, “How did I get here?”
Monday, July 28, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
From the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire I liked Elastic Heart. I also like David Guetta's Titanium. I like these two songs very much. Not just for their catchy tunes and disco dance beat but for their meaningful lyrics. Both songs are the product of Australian singing sensation Sia. Now, Sia's album 1000 Forms of Fear is the Number One album on the Billboards (I believe). I am surprised because songs I like, typically, don't climb the charts :).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Common Villages is one of the more unusual of our presbytery's new church developments; actually most of them are pretty unusual :). CV began 10 years ago as Village Pres. Church of Ladera Ranch. In 2014, they redefined themselves. They are now in the process of becoming a wall-less church - an idea that I totally embrace. I've worshipped with them a couple of times. The second time, recently, thanks to Minda Schweizer their intern (candidate for ministry) I learned about Next Door that uses social networking to connect people who live close by to build up communities in their geographical neighborhoods. Woot! I thought.I bet you are wondering why!