Take me out to the ball game Take me out with the crowd Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks I don’t care if I never get back Let me root, root, root For the home team If they don’t win it’s a shame For it’s One, Two, Three strikes you’re out At the old ball game!

It’s that time of the year again….time for baseball! Kids Club has been talking about baseball the last few weeks. Ms. Nicole found this picture that compares baseball to church, some great comparisons. But I loved some of the kids’ answers to how they are similar: one said they both have organ music!

For me, baseball is a sign of hope. Maybe this is because I am a Cubs fan, so we spend a lot of time hoping this will be our year. Whatever team you root for, you hope your team will win. You may hope that it doesn’t rain, you may hope that the hotdogs are on sale. But even more, I see the whole season as a sign of hope…the hope that comes with spring and on into the summer. The hope of time spent outside and of gathering with family and friends.

We find this hope in church too. Hope of winning the glorious victory through Christ, hope of time spent with our brothers and sisters in Christ, hope of warmth and joy.

Come experience the joy of game as we find this hope during our next sermon series “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” We will be learning some great lessons from baseball and scripture that apply not only to our church but to our everyday lives. We will discover “The Power of Small Ball”, “For the Love of the Game”, “A Field of Dreams” and “There is no ‘I’ in Team.”

On the team with you,
Pastor Nikki