Thanks to Priscilla for this quote.



Sunday Night Thoughts


A Break In The Weather

The last two days have been a wonderful break in the weather.  We finally finished a stretch of snowy, cloudy, and cold weather.  We have had some good snow melt today.  Most of the hill across the hollow is devoid of snow this afternoon.

Pam and I are thankful for God’s mercy – especially considering the amount driving we did in the snow this week.  We also had a trip to Dubois for a pre-surgery appointment – in the snow.  The last two days have been full sunshine with highs in the 40’s.

This week our Lenten Luncheon series comes to an end for the year.  It has been good to meet with our community brothers and sisters in Christ.  The Lenten season gives us several opportunities to worship together.  We do have two more – our Palm Sunday Concert next Sunday night and Good Friday.  I am looking forward to both of these events.

Last night we our church partnered with First Wesleyan in Bradford, for a Seder Dinner with a Messianic Jew.  It was a wonderful night of fellowship and worship as we learned about Jesus in the Passover.  Both churches provided dinner.  Pam and I really enjoyed it as well as many in our congregation.

We continue to be involved in Emmaus Road. This past week, I led the musical worship and preached.

This week I’m hoping I can get out and get my running started again.

We had a good service this morning and I continued to answer the question, “Who Is Jesus?” Today we explored that Jesus is our Savior.  This afternoon we did have our final choir rehearsal for next week’s concert and now I’m trying to get things done, so that I can relax for the evening.  Have a great week!

Prayer for the Week

cropped-lent_page_banner.jpgFifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that,
among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

St. Patrick’s Prayer

bigstock-Celtic-cross-5304774.jpgI bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgment Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Jesus Is Our High Priest


Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 18, 2018)

Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 51:1-12 | Hebrews 5:5-10 | John 12:20-33

That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him,

“You are my Son.
    Today I have become your Father.”

And in another passage God said to him,

“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.10 And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:5-10 | New Living Translation (NLT)

This is our last Sunday before Holy Week begins.  Today our reading brings us to Hebrews.  On Sundays we have been in and out of Hebrews because we have been looking at who Jesus is.  The author mentions that Jesus himself did not put himself in the place of high priest.  This takes us back to the ancient hymn text we find in Philippians 2:

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Christ is our great example in many ways. One of those is in his humility. He could have taken the place as high priest, but he didn’t.  God gave the position to him.  Christ could have had many things – after all – he had the divine privilege of being God.  How do you promote yourself if you don’t take advantage of that?  It should be a lesson to all of us.  Even though we have the right to…we should allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, just as He did through Jesus.

Jesus came to be the source of our salvation.  Because of the sufferings that He endured while here on earth – as God with us.  He was tempted and tested and yet never sinned.  This is what qualified him to be our great High Priest and also what qualified him to be the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world – AND – makes him Savior.  We no longer have to sacrifice animals the way they did in the Old Testament.  We no longer have to go to a priest to confess our sins, because we can go directly to Jesus.  Jesus is the sacrificial lamb – he paid the price of our sins, which is death – and in His case – death on the cross.  Jesus is the great mediator between us and God – and how cool is that?  Jesus is the Son of God.  As we have been exploring on Sundays, Jesus is God.  Jesus came to be God in the flesh.  Jesus came to save us from our sins.  He is our Great High Priest.