Weekend Teaching Series: 1-off Weekends (2 of 2)
Message Title: What’s Your Sign?
Sermon in a Sentence: Taking a look at who God is by using street signs to illustrate His love and care for us.
Key Verse: Romans 8:39 Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 5 out of 10. A fun new set filled with street signs, some basic programming and a video clip from Bruce Almighty.
Attendance: Up 25% from last weekend, up 68% from same weekend last year.
Service Length: 75 minutes
Understandable Message: Megan Hutchinson (Life Hurts, God Heals) taught through four street signs that illustrate God’s character. God knows we can be a DIP from time to time, we need to SLOW down, we often head into a DEAD END but He specializes in the U-TURN. The message was a little longer than usual, but it was great having a female communicator on stage this week. I realized even more this weekend just how strongly she resonated with the girls in the audience.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students ran the lights, sound and cameras this weekend. A student who is just recently getting more involved made the slides for the weekend, and a former-intern-now-volunteer made the slides for the game and co-hosted it with me, too. We had the perfect amount of volunteers on Sunday morning, but Saturday night could really use a boost of involvement from quite a few more adults.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We had 5 funny signs we put on the screen to get us thinking about signs – inlcuding the infamous “Free Cat” one pictured above. Got a great reaction all 4 services. We also played a fun game with some questions about street signs. We brought up a freshman on stage and they had to answer 5 questions and could win a prize with each correct answer. I made them a little too easy, so we gave away a ton of stuff.
Music Playlist: You Never Let Go, The Stand, Salvation is Here
Favorite Moment: In the transition between the game about signs I talked about a recent photo in the Orange County Register regarding Proposition 8 here in California. Prop. 8 is the controversial ballot initiative that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman, undoing a Supreme Court ruling that has allowed same-sex marriages in the state. Chase, one of our students, was in the picture holding this sign.