This rarely happens at Parker Lane. It really is because of a combination of reasons...
Reason 1 -- we know that things build slowly in our neighborhood. It often takes six months to a year to get the neighborhood aware of what's going on at any particular location. (Unless 7-11 or Gatti's is giving away free stuff then we all know within hours.) And so our expectation of any single event isn't tied to our feelings of self-worth.
Reason 2 -- we all only speak some of the languages that go on here. There is sign language and English, Spanish and Burmese, Matu and probably some others that we don't know. We also know that there are many cultures working on our campus. Some of the cultures plan things way in advance. Some of the cultures that operate here know that things can come together at the last minute. Some of us trust that God will bring what we need and some of us trust that God helps us plan so that we can get what we need. As a result of these many cultures we have come to understand that everything will indeed be alright. St. Julian of Norwich coined the prayer: "All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well." We say that a lot because we trust it. And even if, as individuals, we are alarmed to show up at church and find five other things going on, as a group we just say, "yay God" and go on to the next thing.
Reason 3 -- We share. Sounds silly and simple but we share. We don't worry that "our program" won't have enough if we share with "another program." We live the story of the feeding of the 5,000 everyday and we can testify that there is always something left over.
Reason 4 - We don't take ourselves too seriously. And we make sure that we take time to be interrupt-able. If there is some big piece of work that we need to do we find a quiet spot. When we are here we are here in a way that can be interactive. We take God really seriously but we try to not take ourselves too seriously.
There are probably other things that we do that make it easier to share life. We probably don't fully understand all the ways in which that we adapt to make our faith journey our focus. If you want to know more we would love to hang out with you. Feel free to come by and hang out. Saturdays are a good day. Today we have: The Mission Thrift Store open, Folks working in the Free Community Garden, A Community Development meeting on Financial Procedures (in Matu) taught by an ASU grad who is a member of the Matu speaking community, Shoe drop off (a fundraiser for one of our non-profits, Redemptive Work), Children being entertained by young people as their parents learn about finances, Choir Practice, Pasto