Broadway and the Church

This year Tracy and I purchased season tickets for Broadway in Atlanta. The productions at the Fabulous Fox feature both classic and contemporary musicals.

foxThe patrons who pack the venue reflect the city’s diversity. Different genders, ages, races, ethnicities, orientations, and religions unite for three hours in a shared love of the theater.

We sit together in companionable enjoyment: Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, gay and straight, young and old, black and white, Millennials and Baby Boomers. One common interest unites us for the length of a Broadway play.

The church is one body made up of different parts. We are a diverse and different people—some more different than others! No human commonality binds us together. We are a divine creation united in the name of Jesus Christ.

The body of Christ does not achieve unity by abolishing human differences and disagreements. We achieve unity by focusing on Jesus Christ who binds us together and not on the world that tears us apart.

In Ephesians 4, Paul wrote: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.”

One.

Perhaps God’s people could learn a thing or two from Broadway in Atlanta audiences.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Easter Sunday Schedule

Northside United Methodist Church

2799 Northside Drive NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30305

www.northsideumc.org

8:30 a.m.                     Traditional Worship Service              Sanctuary

9:45 a.m.                     Contemporary Worship Service         Faith & Arts Center

9:45 a.m.                     Traditional Worship Service              Sanctuary

11:00 a.m.                   Traditional Worship Service              Sanctuary

11:15 a.m.                   Contemporary Worship Service         Faith & Arts Center

Easter animals will be present in the Wallace Garden.

Childcare for ages 6 weeks to pre-K  available during all services.

Christ the Lord is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!

Practical Advice, Part 4: Miscellaneous

  • Use sunscreen liberally, and make sure your children do the same.
  • Computer passwords should contain numbers, letters, and symbols. Remember there are only 9 numbers but 26 letters in the English language.
  • Use an address book to keep up with passwords and PINs.
  • Salt on a restaurant coaster prevents the bottom of a glass from sticking.
  • advice4In public restrooms, use elbows or feet rather than hands for opening doors and flushing commodes.
  • Carry hand sanitizer in your car or purse.
  • Walk a minimum of 7,000 steps a day. If in doubt, wear a pedometer.
  • Learn to touch type—regardless of age. Keyboards provide a portal into the electronic world. However, never forget that virtual reality is a poor excuse for reality.
  • Add a working day to your week by eliminating an hour of television or the Internet each day.
  • Use words liberally like “Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” and “I forgive you.”
  • Say “I love you” to family and friends daily. Say it especially when you don’t feel like it.
  • Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident. Actually, wear clean underwear on general principles.
  • Practice moderation in all things—including moderation.
  • Only one person in the history of the world was perfect, and neither of us is him. Be eager to forgive and seek forgiveness.
  • Listen to other people’s advice, but make up your own mind.

Practical Advice, Part 3: Home

  • Run hot water in the kitchen sink before turning on the dish washer.
  •  “Burp” Tupperware for a better seal.
  • Clothes pins make great “chip clips” along with sealing cereal, flour, and more.
  • Preheat a mug with hot water to keep coffee warm longer.
  • advice3Baking soda and vinegar followed by boiling water will dissolve most plumbing clogs.
  • Fitted sheets can be folded by tucking the elastic corners under one another.
  • Put pillows in a freezer for twenty-four hours to kill microscopic mites and other critters. (And, yes, your pillow has them).
  • Rubbing your hands on stainless steel (a sink works) removes an onion’s odor.
  • Clean the lint trap in a dryer often. Built up lint is a fire hazard.
  • Kitty litter soaks up oil spills in garages.
  • Replace fire detector batteries when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.
  • Plug the two ends of an electrical cord together before looping the doubled line.
  • Rub a stubborn key with pencil lead. The graphite serves as a dry lubricant.
  • NEVER mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting fumes are toxic.
  • Never mess with electricity, natural gas, strange dogs, or snakes.
  • Don’t take a shower during a thunder storm. Lighting and water don’t mix.
  • Replace a toothbrush after recovering from a cold or the flu.
  • Dry a razor thoroughly between uses—it will stay sharp longer.
  • Make baked goods for the pastor.