Wanna know what in the world a pastor does on a Thursday?
8:30 am. Answering emails. I discover that our music leader is unavailable for this Sundays worship service. Hmm, need music leader. Email a few people.
9:00 am. Spiritual Direction with a pastor who is on stress leave from their church because of community relationships. Painful beyond words.
9:50 am. Impromptu meeting with the chair of the trustees and the treasurer. A good meeting with good people but could have stressful implications.
10:15 am. Starting to select music for Sunday. Planning on leading the music myself as all the leaders are unreachable. Sunday morning could end up being the Randall Friesen Hour. Never a great idea, but I'm willing.
10:30 am. Start working on the message for Sunday.
11:30 am. My granddaughter Norah is skyping me. Of course I'm answering.
12:00 noonish. Head outside because I hear a car. There is a man getting into his Buick and driving off at the front of the church. Hmm whats up. It looks like our church sign has been repainted by a random stranger! What in the world?
12:30 pm. Vintage Car tour group arrives to use our yard as a lunch stop area. Pretty cool. Delora our admin person and I welcome them and after a picnic lunch Delora gives them a tour of the church and our photos of old cars parked in the church parking lot. They leave a small donation (Nice of them) and head off back down the road.
1:00 pm. I head home for lunch. Lauralea is away today so I prepare food and eat alone. Halfway through I don't feel so good and I end up throwing it all up. I start over.
2:00 pm. Back at the office putting Sunday into place. Make and return phone calls.
3:00 pm. Following up on word I received earlier in the day that one of our people is suddenly in the hospital. I head off to town to check up on him.
4:00 pm. Do a few more hospital visits. Some elderly are struggling. Praying with them all.
4:30 pm. Stop to reply to txts from church people about things in their lives. Things they are going through. Get the prayer chain going for the person I came to see, who's going to surgery.
5:00 pm. Start for home for supper. Got word that our house guest, a pastor who is doing some work in the area, is going to be late for supper. That buys me a bit of time to get home before he does.
6:00 pm. Our house guest is going to be really late. Lauralea and I eat supper.
7:00 pm. Writing this while the Edmonton, Montreal football game is on.
8:00 pm. Headed over to feed the neighbours VanderCats while the family is away. What practical jokes shall I set up in their house...
And now you know what this pastor was doing this Thursday.
It was a good day. Well except for the barfing part. :)