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A SUNDAY IN THE LIFE OF A PASTOR

By January 27, 2016 4 Comments

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A Sunday in the life of a pastor…January 24, 2016.

Awake at 5:03am – no alarm – just time to be up.

Praying at our kitchen table for what the day could hold.

Read the YouVersion’s Bible plan – “Digging Deeper Daily.”Slide1

A see-you-later kiss with Jocelyn before heading out the door on a surprisingly mild January morning.

Pulling into an already filling parking lot ninety-five minutes before service time.

Handshakes, smiles and hugs with staff and volunteers.

Good-natured ribbing on my return from a two-week holiday.

High-fives with pre-schoolers in the foyer.

Pictures with a family of Patriot football fans decked out in the colors, hours before the AFC Championship game kick-off.2016-01-24 09.36.40

Prayer with our ministry team before taking the platform.

Acknowledgement and appreciation for dozens of volunteers from our Family Winter Carnival the day before.

Feeling proud of a pastor new on staff as he delivers his first message to very warm receptions in all three services.2016-01-24 11.53.18

Anointing and praying for a five year-old, diagnosed with a rare, terminal genetic disorder – GAN.

Putting an arm around a newly widowed wife’s shoulders and feeling humbled by her grief.

Introductions to happy first time guests – friends of North Pointers.

Meeting a newborn.

Signing up growth group participants for our Same Page Initiative.Daring Faith FB Header

Sympathizing with a wife as she shares about her husband’s attempted suicide.

Praying with a mom whose 35 week-old baby is still hospitalized since birth.

Viewing iPhone photos of a young couple’s brush with death a week earlier in a highway encounter with a moose.

Praying for our church family.PastorBob3

Thanking a new volunteer head usher in our 3rd service.

Collecting stats and drafting an agenda for our pastoral staff meeting on Tuesday.

Heading home for a cafe mocha and championship football.

Visiting a senior in palliative care whose attendants enthused that she perked up when hearing that her pastor and his wife were coming to see her.

Praying at the bedside of a mentor struggling through excruciating pain.

Texting with an out-of-town family celebrating their preemie baby’s first birthday.

Facetiming with a son, daughter-in-law and our one month-old grandson who reside one province east.

Blogging the story of a woman from North Pointe whose initiative to collect winter clothing for children has blessed the lives of inner city students.Mother Teresa School5

An unfinished to-do-list that will wait for Monday.

Reading a few pages in a new novel before sleep at 11:10pm.

Grateful for a meaningful day as a pastor.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Shirley Bidnick says:

    Thank you for sharing, but reading about your day left me feeling exhausted. Praise God! Atleast you have His mighty strong reliable source of Power to draw on. I have been reading about celebrating the Sabbath with rest. I think Pastors, you in particular, might have difficulty doing that. I hope you rested (and had some fun too) on your well deserved vacation. I am grateful for all you do for all of us, but please rest, so you can continue to do all you do for all of us. I have heard of G.A.N. It is an extremely rare syndrome, with heart breaking outcomes, and I agree with you in prayer and faith in God’s Grace for a healing miracle for the five year old child you prayed for.

  • bob jones says:

    Work is enjoyable and some fun can feel like work. Thanks for your comment Shirley…just like a hug. Prayer changes things. Thanks for praying.

  • Gary Myers says:

    Sounds emotionally exhausting to me. I think I would have needed another 2-week vacation after a day like that. Bless you, Bob, and Jocelyn.

  • Cynthia says:

    Wow, what a day. You are definitely God ordained pastor. I always loved the way you kneel down and pray. It humbled me.

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