The Nicene Creed

I learned something new about this today.  This creed is different than what we usually say is the Nicene Creed.  The part that follows the teaching about the Holy Spirit is part of the Creed of Constantinople.  Which we will learn about next week.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsA purple sky to close the day
I wade the surf where dolphins play
The taste of salt, the dance of waves
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

A lightning flash, my pounding heart
A breaching whale, a shooting star
Give testimony that you are
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh, praise Him, all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Wow!  God is so amazing.  If you are one of my followers on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, you will have seen many, many sunrise and sunset pictures.  One of the reasons is that I am up when the sunrises these days.  And our sunrises have been absolutely stunning.  As I sat down at the computer to write this, I pulled up a playlist called “MSG.”  It was a collection of softer worship songs that I compiled for our district Minister and Spouses Gathering several years ago.  I keep it on the computer when I need an easy listening worship set – like tonight – today was one of those days – and I mean that in a very good way.  God’s grace just overflowed like I haven’t felt it in a long time.  Even now I am just basking in his grace and presence.  The Chris Rice song that I quoted was the first song on that playlist followed by Casting Crown’s “And Now My Lifesong Sings to You.” And now “The Doxology.”

This has been an amazing weekend.  It started on Thursday during our small group as we studied the concept that God is our loving heavenly Father.  Yesterday, I woke up and waited so Anna could go to work and I could go out for a long run – which was amazing in and of itself.  James, Pam and I were able to spend most of the rest of the day together as we got ready for tonight’s Trunk-or-Treat.

This morning we got up and prepared our hearts for worship at Parkway – and we had a good service.  We started the day with a great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Promise Keepers style in honor of Reformation Day, which also happens to be October 31.  You may wonder why a Wesleyan would honor Luther, but it just so happens that John Wesley was reading Martin Luther’s Preface to the Book of Romans the night he found his heart “strangely warmed” and the Methodist movement begun.  Martin Luther declared that salvation was by faith alone through grace and our worship set reflected that sentiment as we sang “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” and introduced “Your Grace Finds Me.” Pastor Barry preached a great message to complete our worship package.

This afternoon was spent getting prepared for our Trunk-or-Treat.  We had a great time as over 60 children and their parents came to our church for treats and snacks.  It was great – I wore the Chick-fil-A cow costume and we handed out coupons for free Ice Dream Cones at our local Chick-fil-A.  Thank you to all who helped with the evening.  Many hands indeed made light work.  Now it’s time to call it a night.  This week looks to return to a little more sense of normalcy.  Have a great week and keep pressing on!

Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List Main
October 26, 2014
Reformation Sunday
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 46
Songs of Worship
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
     Blessed Be Your Name
     Glory In the Highest
Worship Through Prayer
Songs of Worship
 Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Worship Through Giving – Your Grace Finds Me
Worship Through God’s Word
Song of Commitment
   Draw Me Close
Benediction

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God: Increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity. And, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Running Long on a Beautiful Fall Day

This morning I was up just about the same time as the sun.  One of the things that kept me from going out immediately to run was the fact that Anna had to be at work by 10.  That meant I would have to make some adjustments.

This was a great run today – the temp was just over 40, but the sun was out so I elected shorts and a t-shirt. Sure the early mile or two or three was chilly, but it wasn’t long until I warmed up.  One of my concerns was that I wasn’t going to get a refuel until mile 10 or so.  I have run up to an hour and 1/2 without refueling, but never over that.  At the 1:27 mark, I was tired but I was also in the park and grabbed some Poweraide and a granola bar.  While I was stopped I did some of my strength training, such as push-ups, leg presses and butterflys.  Then I went out for what I hoped would be 3.1 more miles.  At mile 11.5 I was done, Pam was right behind me, so we walked together.  About .5 miles from the end of our walk, I decided to run again.  It was feeling good again, probably because the poweraid and granola bar kicked in.

Over all it was a beautiful run and a lot faster than I was expecting.  This was the first long run in several weeks that I was able to crack an 8:45 mile pace running 11.5 miles at an 8:40 pace.  Good stuff and I had a beautiful view all the way as enjoyed the fall foliage.  This was a good week running wise. I have really built-up my base and I am hoping to continue through the winter provided the weather doesn’t get as cold as last year.  It also looks like I will be getting in 4 runs this week and I am very happy about that.  I’ve been off my game for the last several weeks.  But it looks like all that perseverance is starting to pay off.  Pressing On!