No Show Sunday | Sermon Notes

Core ideas that message is based on.  (not spoken about on Sunday)

  1.    What happens at PSM changes lives forever. This is not a social club or a religious death trap.
  2.    Faithful people humbly make a difference every week.  Some every week, some biweekly. Some once a month.
  3.    It takes a little jolt or ‘ask’ from someone else to motivate into serving.

Thanks to Steven Furtick for the inspiration on this message.


Today, Worship is a lot different from a normal Sunday.

If you are a guest today, normally, you would have had people helping you in the parking lot, you would have had folks giving you a worship guide and helping you find a seat.

The grass would have been mowed.

The Student Center would have been unlocked! Teachers would have been over there to welcome your family, check in the kids and teach them about Jesus!

Loving Volunteers in the Nursery that have passed an extensive background check would have been loving on your babies and changing their dirty diapers while you worshipped over here.


Jesus came back and raptured all the real Christians! We are the only ones left.




Our goal is to have the worst worship experience of PromiseLand San Marcos.  If your kids get a little antsy, we understand.  We provided some colors and a piece of paper for them to do some artwork.


If you are a guest, we invite you back next week. It will be awesome!

We want everyone to know that this is not a ONE MAN SHOW – That insults so many people.  We always say that ‘we can’t do what we do without you’.  So here you go.

We wanted to make a point today!

  1. We hope that the current volunteers will hear our heartfelt thanks!  We could do it without you, but it would really stink.
  2. That we will recruit the potential of some of you.

This is Biblical thing to do.

John 2:1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:  2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.  3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

Honor was everything in their culture. In our culture, profit or success or achievement is everything.  In their culture, you were supposed to honor each other and when you ran out of wine you had failed to honor your guests.

TODAY, we had no wine for you. We did not honor you or God today.  This happens a lot in churches in America. Churches fail to honor God and guests.  We wanted you today to feel like it was your first time again.  Do you remember the first time you came to church?  You liked it!  We have always made it a priority at PSM to honor our guests and make them feel welcomed in our home.  When it doesn’t happen, we do everything in our power to make it better (check in system).

Guests are a big deal at PSM.  Over the last 10 years, we have had over 5000 of people walk through out doors!

We have had hundred and fifty guests join us the last few weeks.  In September we have a huge opportunity to bring the good news to people in this region as we Explore God.  Hundreds will visit our church on Sunday between now and December.

Will we have wine at the party? Will we honor our guests.  When they get here we need to be able to give them the very best!

When we honor guests, we honor God!

We have some big weddings in our day and time. (bridezillas)  Weddings in this day and time was HUGE. They could last up to a week long.  This was an opportunity for wedding, but also for gift giving.

For us to not have order, excellence, joy is a disgrace, dishonor.  We are the church of God. We are serving the bread of life.  God is great and greatly to be praised!

Our culture here at PSM  is one that honors God and serves His people! Every member is a minister, every task is important, everybody is a 10 at something.



Some today might say, I like this environment, it is quitter, we don’t need the lights and loud music. If God wants to save them, then he can save them anyway He wants to save them.  If you are leaning that way, make sure you aren’t using God’s sovereignty to hide your apathy.

EVERYBODY look at verse 4!  Mary had just hinted that Jesus should do something about the wine problem.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

KIDS, this is the one time you can not do what Jesus does.  Do not use this verse.  You can’t use this passage as WWJD.

He disassociates himself with earthly authority.  He says that heavenly authority is more important than earthly authority.

Side note: If there is ever a conflict between heaven and earth, Jesus always makes sure he is about the Father’s business.  We get it backwards and will become slaves to our job before we will serve in God’s house.

Jesus says that this has nothing to do with him.  He could have every right to say that about all of earth including our sin.  “I’m pure, spotless. They are unholy. What does this have to do with me?”  Instead, he empties himself for us.  Jesus is saying it is not my time to go to the cross.  Jesus is about to turn water into wine.  This is bigger deal than what we think, but it seems like is a bit out of place.  Making wine at wedding?

Some might think that they are over qualified to serve.  Look at Jesus. Do you think that you are better than Jesus?  Jesus was doing quite well separated from humanity but instead lowered himself to become like us and then to die a gruesome death in our place.

In a few minutes, I will give you all the opportunity to jump into serving here at PSM and we will all have to face One of the biggest barriers to serving: PRIDE.

Shaking hands, smiling at people, parking cars, picking up trash, serving coffee.


Jesus was way over qualified to take your sins on his back and carry them to the cross.  He was way over qualified to turn water into wine.

You are never more like Jesus than when you are serving (giving).

Even Jesus, had to be prompted to act!

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Do whatever Jesus tells you to do!  God told us to do this.  As long as we do what He says, then we will be blessed.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.  7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

Jesus takes something very ordinary and makes something supernatural with it.

This was a big job and a big responsibility.  160-250 lbs.  20-30 gallons of water.  They went far to the well.

If nothing else today, see that it takes a lot to do what Jesus asks.

I want to CELEBRATE our volunteers for a moment!

We have 136 volunteer positions on each Sunday.  That encompasses: 408 hours per Sunday, 1632 hours per month, and 21,216 hours a year!

At minimum wage that is a value of: $3000/week and $156,000/year!

Many are doubling up multiple jobs and many are working both services.

And these are not minimum wage jobs! We have business owners that are open doors and park cars. We have ‘stay at moms’/professional moms that sing and organize worship guides, We have IT guys that work all week at the office and then get here and make this place look amazing!  We have moms and dads that get here at 7:45am on their day off with all their kids dressed well and get ready to serve you.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew😉 the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

All the guests at the wedding had no idea of what happened to make the miracle happen. But the servants knew!

Every week Jesus is turning water into wine for people at PSM! 

You may not see it, but every week we get responses from people whose marriage was healed, whose finances were saved.  Just last week ‘Kathie’ came up to me (been coming for a couple months)  She had been praying for a job and in one day got 3 job proposals.

Kids are getting their dads back. Everyone gets to taste it.

But only those that serve get to see the transformation.

God is doing some amazing things around our house and those that are serving are participating in the miracle!

STARTING TO SERVE IS SIMPLE:  Take the piece of paper in the seat in front of you and check ONE box.  Another way is to go on the CITY this afternoon and all of the specific spots available will be listed.  If you are ready to make a move, then follow through. If you are feeling guilty here today and sign up and then we try to reach you and you won’t ever call or email us back, then don’t waste the time filling out the card.

If you have been here a while and have been drinking the wine and you are ready to start carrying a jar then, we need you to start carrying a jar!

We have spots available with kids, in social areas, in private areas, answering phones, cooking meals, shaking hands, cutting grass, working in the dirt!

Carry a jar!  There are some servants that are carrying your dead weight.  If you are only wanting to social sip at the PSM spiritual wedding, then it’s time to move along! Either move spiritually deeper or move to a church were sitting around is acceptable.

I’m hoping that we will never take for granted what happens here at PSM. We need to treat everyone like a VIP.

Let’s do John 2:5-  God is going to continue to turn water into wine! Will you be a part?


About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at

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