I very much enjoy playing for the worship at church but since I am not that great a recorder player, I need the practice. We didn’t have time to practice earlier in the week due to the congregational meeting on our practice night. So going early to church was not an option for me. I felt like I needed all the practice I could get. It is different practicing by myself and practicing with the band.
Thanks Randall for the teaching about hope. I was reminded while you spoke of the passage from the Psalms – actually it is repeated several times I think – essentialy asking “where else is there to turn?”. I especially like the words from Psalm 39 verse 7:
“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.”
For me this hope helps me keep things in perspective – trying to place a higher value on the things that will essentially last forever and other stuff that is only good for the here and now.
The afternoon was jam packed full of things to do, starting with a baby shower for Annette and Kieran at Annette’s auntie’s house.
I was only there for a short while when off I went to join the group of women with whom I am beginning to look at the book by Phillip Yancy, The Jesus I Never Knew. This was great. I think we will have a good time studying the book and sharing other parts of our lives too. And we met today at the best coffee house in Prince Albert – Shananagins – so we had good coffee and tea too.
Then out to Par Place. This is a unique gathering place. Nestled in a bit of the Nesbit Forest, there is a meeting place with a fireplace (and for today a hot tub) besides volleyball and trampoline equipment. This was Sara’s soccer team wind-up. Lots of good food, good beer if you like that stuff(Diet Coke is my drink of choice next to good strong coffee) and lots of pop, ice cream and cake. There was so much food left at the end that you might think it had been blessed and multiplied!
The usual year end gifts were handed out to the coaches and manager. The nicest thing was when each of the girls on the team came in carrying a single red rose and presented them one by one to the manager. She really merited them. It was great to have another mother take so much of her time to work with our girls. When I am so busy myself it makes me very thankful for other women who give of their time so willingly to help my daughter achieve her best.
Then each of the girls was given a silver medal by the representative from the SSA who had come up for the evening. To top it off, the girls received copies of all the pictures taken of them during the year besides a great team photo.
By the end of the evening the girls were having a wild time. The music was loud and one of the girls, normally pretty shy, began to dance and then the girls started doing some karaoke. They got less and less shy till we parents had to drag them away from their great time and take them home. A great wind-up to a memorable season!