Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekend Memories

Here are some photo memories of this past weekend, our last weekend of journeying in the Four Winds RV because it must be winterized until April.


Afton Mountain, Virginia


My friend, Pastor Keith Carroll, spoke deep inspiration to our hearts and minds at ENC Regional District Superintendents’ gathering in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Williamsburg Episcopal Church, 1715


Take 2


Church bench remembering Gen. George Washington


Angel lectern 


Overlapping Seasons Colonial Williamsburg 


Take 2


Cast of “Cry Witch” dramatic courthouse trial 


With ENC Region District Superintendents & spouses


Blessed to cast one of the unanimous YES votes for the Election of (and then prayer over) our new Eastern Nazarene College President, Rev. Dr. Jack and Wendy Connell. 


My friend, Pastor Dave Bennett, preaching at Fairview Village Chirch of the Nazarene. 


Take 2


Worship Fairview Village 


Read John 3:17


Benediction I prayed at Fairview Village Nazarene


Messianic Jew, Joe, was so grateful I prayed The Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6.


Boys will be boys, Super Supper prayertime, Northfield Nazarene 


Pastor Jim’s Strength-Finders test found him to be a Woo and here he meets another one.

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis 














 




Saturday, November 17, 2018

4 Years Already

It’s 4 years already since I say goodbye to my Dad. Nevertheless, because of our hope in Jesus we will say hello again.









Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis 


Friday, November 16, 2018

Strike Up the Band...

Yesterday, was a tender day. 

This song by Janet Paschal, “Another Solder’s Coming Home”, was some of what was included in my part of preaching Brother Sam Pickenpaugh’s homegoing service. 



Pastor Sam and Champ


The end of the beginning


Good Grief


A cold day on the outside


The Four Winds Journey continues... 

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis 




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Anticipating The Hope of Christmas

It may seem a little early to some, but I am already anticipating Christmas. The thought of Christmas on the horizon — in undeniable ways — has served as hope for my own heart most — if not all — years of my life. 

Yesterday, a printed invitation landed in mail boxes across The Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. Yes, the first vision God gave me as leader was to invite my dear friend, Brian Arner, in for a Sunday afternoon district dinner and Christmas concert. I’ve been inviting our people to save the date for six months. Yes, it’s that important to me that we as a district family of faith, hope, and love experience Christmas together. 

Too often, as pastors and church leaders, it’s too easy to simply host Christmas in our local churches but to miss exhaling and celebrating Christmas for ourselves. So this concert is literally our gift — Pastor Kerry and Kim’s gift — to our district leaders. While everyone will pay for their own meal, the concert itself is a gift. It was paid for in full during the summer. The first gift of Christmas. 

If you’re a pastor or a leader on the district you should revive an invitation. Get registered soon, please. If you’re not a pastor or a leader on the district, please join us in prayer asking God to recreate the Hope of Christmas in the Heart of The Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. 

That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love.

Pastor Kerry Willis 



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Take Time to Retreat

This is my Instagram post last night. 




Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love.

Pastor Kerry Willis


Monday, November 12, 2018

Pastor Sam Pickenpaugh — Present With The Lord

A few days ago, I posted that my friend, Brother Sam, was nearing the end of his earthly journey. Well, this morning, he made his way into the Presence of the Lord.

Here’s my Instagram post for today and another photo and comment below.



After getting word of Brother Sam’s homegoing, I stopped upnorth and had breakfast alone to think about our last meal together at Cracker Barrel. I asked for a table in the same place of this different restaurant. It warmed my soul to remember this gentleman of encouragement and to realize his suffering has ended, forever. Thank you Jesus. 


Miss you already. 

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love.

Pastor Kerry Willis 



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Another Sunday

So blessed to have been given another Sunday. How difficult our days would be without the hope of Sunday. So grateful for that Sunday morning some 2,000 years ago when Jesus overcame death and exited the grave to make sure hope was added to our Sundays and our everydays. That Sunday was anything but another Sunday. 

A few things from my Sunday, today...


Road to Bethlehem, PA.


Take 2


The flag and a cross-shaped altar fitting for Veterans Day


A father bows by the cross and prays at the altar 

Presence Matters Most!
That is... Presence. Unity. Souls. Love. 

Pastor Kerry Willis