Well good evening. The above picture is our family. It is the first family picture we’ve had since the little one in the red was baptized. That means its been a long time. Today our day was spent returning back to our home here in Delaware. We had a great time visiting our daughter and her family and got to watch our oldest grandson take his first communion. We left Ontario this morning with a chilly 31 degrees. By the time we got home it was a beautiful 70 degrees.
This was the first Sunday that Pam and I have had off since our youngest grand daughter was baptized, which was before COVID-19 shut everything down. Even though we had the Sunday off, we joined with our colleagues in ministry via a Zoom call. It was good to be able to pray over my friends.
This week had me preparing for being off this week. It was good to be back in our Wednesday prayer meeting after several weeks off due to sickness. We also all had to get COVID tests – that in and of itself was a bit of trial and error this time. I had to get swabbed twice and the place that we normally get them changed their hours and also required appointments. But by late Wednesday we had all the required results.
This coming week has us preparing for our church’s annual Trunk or Treat. While we weren’t here last year, it had to be canceled because of COVID. I know our church is excited about next Sunday evening.
That’s about all I have for this week. Have a great one and seize the day!
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
22nd Sunday after Pentecost | October 24, 2021
Mark 10:46-52 | New Living Translation
46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
Today’s quote comes from Colin Powell, who as you may know died yesterday. Several years ago, Jo Anne Lyon (who served with World Hope International and served as the General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church) was in Washington, DC for reception at the State Department. There was a film premiering about human trafficking at the DOS. Colin Powell was the Secretary of State at the time. Jo Anne relates that one of Colin Powell’s rules of leadership was the above. In memory of Colin Powell, I thought I would share this quote that Jo Anne Lyon shared via Facebook.
Good evening and welcome to Sunday Night Thoughts for October 17, 2021. It has been a busy week here. The early part of the week was dreary to say the least. We had an almost constant drizzle/rain for three days. On Tuesday afternoon, the sun broke out for a moment and we caught this rainbow and just like that it was gone and the clouds and dreariness moved back in. That continued through Wednesday.
Early Wednesday morning, I was up a 2 AM to head to Indiana. I’ve already written a post about how God provided a vision for The Journey to acquire a new van/bus. We loaded up an RV for Elkhart, IN to pick up this beautiful addition to our ministry. This morning we got to use it for the first time. It is 15 passengers and has room for 2 wheelchairs and comes complete with a ramp to bring people on and off the van. Everyone here is so excited. The picture below depicts us taking possession of the bus.
We turned around and headed back for home and arrived here around 4 AM on Thursday morning. That means I was pretty much wiped for the rest of the Thursday and had to push through the fog to get ready for Sunday.
Yesterday, we had praise team rehearsal and then Pam, James, and I headed for Ocean City, MD. This week they were offering free admission to the county museums. We decided to go to the Life Saving Station Museum in OC. The Life Saving Stations were a precursor to the US Coast Guard. It was a fascinating history lesson. Not only was the museum free, but because of a special event in OC, so was the park and ride, which was great because there was no parking available downtown. We learned this the hard way by trying to find a place downtown and then elected to go back to the park and ride.
Upon arriving downtown, we headed for the boardwalk for some food. Except for Thrashers Fries, this was the first boardwalk food we had. We stopped at A-Station. The food was delicious and served hot. Finally we got back home and prepared for today.
We had an awesome worship service this morning. Not only that, but The Journey threw us a little Pastor Appreciation reception. It was a bit overwhelming. They loved on us well and as you can see we had quite the spread of food. It’s been a great week.
Before I wrap it up, it has been a good week of running. I need to get back to posting about my running again, now that I have healed and am back at it. I took in 19 miles this week and am really happy about that, even if the pace is slow, but it feels great.
That about wraps it up for this week. I am looking forward to what this week has in store. Have a great one and Seize the Day!
Set us free, loving Father, from the bondage of our sins, and in your goodness and mercy give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
21st Sunday after Pentecost | October 17, 2021
Mark 10:35-45 | New Living Translation
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”
36 “What is your request?” he asked.
37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”
39 “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”
Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering. 40 But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”