Summary: Loving leaders lead and faithful followers follow.

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Leading and Following

1 Peter 5:1-5

Rev. Brian Bill

March 14-15, 2015

It’s been almost two months and I can finally talk about how the Packers unraveled in the NFC Championship game. I actually wasn’t able to watch the game because I had a meeting. I’m glad now that I didn’t watch it. Jason Crosby helped me recreate what happened.

Seattle trailed 19-7 with about four minutes remaining in the game and had been ineffective on offense all game. With a little over 2-minutes left, the Seahawks Russell Wilson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the Packer lead to 19-14.

The Seahawks chose to do an onside kick. With two minutes and nine seconds remaining in the game, the loudest stadium in America fell silent. The Packers Andrew Quarless turned to Brandon Bostick and said, “I got this guy, you got this guy. You know your assignment?” To which Bostick replied, “Yeah. I got this.” Bostick’s assignment was to block for Jordy Nelson who was lined up right behind him. They had practiced this play dozens, if not hundreds of times before.

The Seahawks lined up for the onside kick. Their kicker drove the ball hard into the ground causing the ball then to bounce high into the air. Brandon Bostick, whose job was to block, forgot his assignment and chose instead to try and catch the ball. In Bostick’s own words, “When the ball appeared in front of me, just floating in the air, my mind went blank. I forgot everything I was supposed to do. It’s not that CenturyLink Field was too loud, or that I crumbled under the pressure of the situation. Instinct just kicked in. The ball was in front of me and I wanted to grab it. I jumped up and reached for it…and my life changed forever.”

Bostick, who wasn’t supposed to be catching the ball to begin with, failed to grab it and Seattle recovered the ball at the 50-yard line. That lead to a 24-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks would go on to win in overtime, 28-22.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers nailed it when he said: “We gave it away.” Packer coach Mike McCarthy added, “It’s important for everybody to do their job. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case on that play.”

Brandon Bostick has since been waived by the Packers and is now a Minnesota Viking. I think that’s where all ex-Packers end up.

In a similar way, it’s important in the church that people play their positions well. I am so thankful for the staff team God has assembled at Edgewood. Sheila Mills is our Office Manager and Marie Guyton is our Office Assistant. They both do a super job serving, don’t they? Kelli Rideout is our new Saturday morning receptionist and is doing a great job.

Doesn’t Sheila Kuriscak have a marvelous ministry as the Christian Education Director as well as heading up our women’s ministry? Alisha Miller gives detailed attention to our Nursery ministry as she schedules our loving servants. BTW, we still need a number of servants to jump in and serve at one, or several, of our Easter Now services in the Nursery and Children’s Ministry. And Joe and Janelle Wells, along with Joy Greer, do a fantastic job of keeping our facilities clean.

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