Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Sermon on Ministry of Women At a time that now seems long, long ago and far, far away, I preached a LENGTHY sermon at Highland on the ministry and gifts of women. The elders asked me to take an extended period in one Sunday in the middle of January to walk through our study of scripture that led to our current place in this journey. There are so many new members and students who weren't around for the long congregational study. There was an amazing moment that Sunday, as I now faintly remember. After my message (about an hour long, including my words of pastoral encouragement at the end), the elders spontaneously came up, affirmed the message, and prayed. Not all readers of this blog will agree with what I said. But if you're interested, you can order the CD from Highland. Our website is still under construction (COME BACK, KEITH BRENTON!), so it might be best to call (325-673-5295) or write (425 S. Highland, Abilene, 79605). (A note that is probably important only to me: I don't make anything off the sales of these CDs! I think the church sells them at cost.) - - - - Monday morning I heard words that made me panic. It was the beginning of week three. Chris had gotten up early, and he and I had just finished his little physical therapy routine. He said, "I'm going to take a nap. But will someone wake me up at 10:00? That's when 'The Price Is Right' is on." Yikes! Words I never wanted to hear from my twelve year old. A few minutes later I was off to Lincoln Middle School to retrieve homework assignments from teachers. It seemed to me that the time had come to get back into the school books. - - - - Tonight I believe the six children who survived the wreck are getting together for the first time at our house. Please pray that it will be a time of healing for Amara, Beth, Austin, Jon Weston, Chris P., and Chris C.


  • Got anyone there who could put the aforementioned sermon into MP3 format for downloading off of the internet?

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 2/02/2005 04:38:00 AM  

  • I missed that sermon, Mike. But I've heard very good things about it. I've been meaning to order a copy. Thanks for the reminder. We'll be praying for the meeting of the kids tonight at your house. I'm so glad they'll finally get to see each other. I know it will be good for them and healing will come.

    By Blogger Candy, at 2/02/2005 04:57:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Wish I could come back, brother! Can't even seem to find time to help Greg Taylor out with scanning and posting back issues of New Wineskins these days. (BTW, he's doing one dadgum fine job by himself!) I blog whenever lunch hours and breaks are available.

    Take care of that good boy. Our prayers are still for him and his buds and Julie.

    -- Keith

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 2/02/2005 05:08:00 AM  

  • Mike --

    Don't worry -- baseball starts in just a couple of weeks -- hope you guys can get a "local" Texas Rangers station so you can keep up with the spring training and see some of the games!! On a talk show on our local sports station, they said that the Rangers will be a team to watch out for this next season!! We'll see . . . :-)

    Hang in there Chris -- and Mike and Diane -- and all your support team!! What a blessing to be in a place with such support!!

    See you in a couple of weeks.

    Love you and thinking of you often!!

    By Blogger vtc3po, at 2/02/2005 05:49:00 AM  

  • Gotta love Bob Barker!!!

    By Blogger Clarissa, at 2/02/2005 06:19:00 AM  

  • My parents just brought me a copy of that CD - I'm looking forward to listening to it. They also brought me a DVD of the 75th anniversary Sunday. Great stuff!

    By Blogger Jenni, at 2/02/2005 06:35:00 AM  

  • I'm calling Highland as soon as I get through commenting! I will have it FedXed! I've been reading Tom Robinson's little spiral-bound book(Manhattan church)on women's ministry and gifts, plus some other research. Our shepherds are studying this right now, and your CD will come in handy for my husband to view too. I'm praying for tonight's gathering of kids to be one of healing and heart-strengthening. On a lighter note--better "PIR" than "MTV"!

    By Blogger annie, at 2/02/2005 06:52:00 AM  

  • I have always had a love/hate relationship with meetings of that sort. Mostly because the hardest part.. for me.. in the post trauma healing process is facing the fact that it happened and others will vouch for its existence. And yet the other side of the coin is that you have others vouching for its existence, telling you you are not alone, you can be strong and that together the best will be made of the circumstances. There is so much love in that kind of community. Lots of prayers.. lots of thoughts.

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 2/02/2005 07:20:00 AM  

  • Would you put a segment or two of it in your blog for us to read?

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 2/02/2005 07:29:00 AM  

  • "Chris Cope!" Come on down, 'cause you're the new winner on...The Price is Right!" Can't you just hear those words? It cracks me up that Chris was watching. I'm 44 and I grew up watching it. Then you bounce up and down like a jack-in-the-box and overbid the guy next to you by 5 bucks. That's as classic as the Beach Boys.

    Ah, women's roles. Our church is revisiting that too, since we had studied the issue back in '96. So I'm ordering it, very timely.

    Isn't community initially forged through the references to Starbucks and Grandy's, and posts on guacamole? Then nurtured through the posts and comments such as teen breast implants? I felt a strong bond when the crisis came. There are no "normal" posts. (To quote the infamous Erma Bombeck: "The only 'normal' is a setting on your dryer.)God hard-wired us to laugh and to cry, and thank Him that we can share that in community.

    By Blogger Cindy, at 2/02/2005 08:09:00 AM  

  • That sermon was a beautiful message of freedom and unity in Jesus. It is an inspiring and thought-provoking word for the whole body. I hope lots of folks get a copy.

    And for all your apologizing about the length, the 8:15 service version didn't even seem that long!

    I continue to pray prayers of blessing and healing for your family.

    By Blogger Susan, at 2/02/2005 01:41:00 PM  

  • May God make this gathering time a time of peace and continued healing-I know that will be an incredible moment when they reconnect again and I believe it will be powerful!

    Aaaaah...I remember the good 'ol Price Is Right days...wow...is Bob still hosting that? Come on down...

    By Blogger Katherine, at 2/02/2005 02:04:00 PM  

  • First let me say how grateful we are that Chris and the others are doing better. Mike it could be worse - - at least it's not The Real World on MTV! You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Personally I want to say how moved I was with your letter to the newspaper. I used it as the basis of my communion meditation on Sunday, and we have prayed for you and the others specifically during our services over the last few weeks.

    I am the youth minister at the Manhattan Church of Christ in NYC and the web maintenance person for our site. On Monday I posted the latest sermon dealing with a "Community Without Barriers" on our website. The sermon was preached to a crowd of about 68 people on Sunday morning January 16th. The crowd was extremely low due to the 12 inches of snow that had sacked NYC all weekend long. January 16th was significant because it was the five-year anniversary of the inclusion of women (a process that continues today) at MCOC. By Friday I hope to have the original “Community Without Barriers” sermon that was preached in 2000 posted on the site. I will also post the updated “Community Without Barriers” study guide. The version that is currently on the site is two editions out of date. In the meantime feel free to visit the following links:

    Community Without Barriers IIResources and "CWB I" Sermon TextWe (MCOC) will keep you, the Elders, and Highland in our prayers during this time of discovery, growth, and discussion. I am sure it won’t always be easy, but journeys of faith and conviction usually aren’t.

    By Blogger J-Wild, at 2/02/2005 08:42:00 PM  

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