The frozen chosen (Philippians 4:4-8)

this morning I went to a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church that meets at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando.

I did not grow up in a PCA church (although I was dedicated as a child in one) but I did attend one for about seven months in college. I really had a great experience from the first time I walked in the door and that's why I stayed, the people we're wonderful to me.

Today's experience was a little different. I was uncomfortable mostly just because people dress so nice; I dressed decently nice but it's a lot easier to be comfortable around people who dress casually. When I sat down there was a guy on stage playing the organ, and I had this thought:

PCA Churches are awesome because it's a bunch of uptight (or what I like to call wedgie) people gathered together trying to worship the Lord.

New PCA Churches (or ones on the edge) are a bunch of uptight (wedgie) people gathered together trying NOT to be wedgies, and worshiping the Lord.

But almost as soon as I had this thought the church surprised me. The worship was wonderful. The message started out awkward but really hit home with me. He taught on Philippians 4:4-8, specifically verse 6 which says "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Now I'm a pretty relaxed guy, but I totally stress out when I travel. In a week and half I have to take the whole family and REALLY travel (I'm talking like 48+ hours of travel), and I'm very much NOT excited about it, because I get so anxious.

The message this morning can be boiled down to:

We get anxious
When we're anxious, petition the Lord
When we're anxious, give thanks to the Lord

And I realized when I'm thankful I calm down. I relax and focus more on everything that has gone right than I do on the things that might go wrong.

Having just finished a class on expository preaching, I was impressed with how the model hit home for me when this pastor really did it. The frozen chosen were a blessing to me this weekend, and wedgie as they might be, they're so in love with the Lord it's just fun to see.

- as a side note, I was very tempted today to write philippions - just to see if jim was watching.