He said he talks to trash cans. That’s how the new pastor at Open Door Church in Novato recently described himself. Pastor Bill Sy loves to use humor to illustrate spiritual truth.
On his moving day when he left San Diego to drive to Marin County, the pastor lost his cell phone. While lining up 12 trash bags for a last pick up, the phone fell from his pocket. The phone had been turned to “vibrate mode” so the only way to locate it was using his wife’s cell phone to call and listen carefully to each trash bag!
Kneeling aside each bag, Pastor Bill placed the cal\s but never got a reply. He commented to the congregation in his morning message that the neighbors must have thought: “He says he talks to God. But now he talks to trash bags!”
Using the illustration, Pastor Bill tied in the story with how God leads us with a quiet, gentle voice. We can learn to hear it if we listen attentively.
Pastor Bill and his wife Jodi served some 20 years in other churches before his joining the staff at Open Door Church as its new senior pastor. Along with church pastoring, Bill is a trained presenter of over 100 seminars for Walk Thru the Bible and other programs. He loves to use humor, drama and other creative means to communicate a passionate, personal and practical message.
Open Door is well known in the community for its friendly, loving care and outreach. Whether its outreach to local families, or special needs---adult education (Institute for Abundant Living) and to assist a boy from Thailand (Ta) to be able to get life saving heart surgery, or schools such as the Novato School Readiness Playgroup that meets here every Wednesday, or San Quentin prison ministry, Open Door has open arms to the community.
Open Door Church welcomes everyone no matter where they are on their spiritual journey—just starting or long time follower, to come experience God’s love and grow in God’s word. Open Door Church meets at 10 am each Sunday with opportunities for children, youth and adults at 1915 Novato Rd (near Simmons).