Weekly Lectionary Reading

amiens32.jpgSecond Sunday of Easter
March 30, 2008

Acts 2:14, 22-32; Psalm 16; I Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

This week we continue to look at the resurrection and the difference it makes for us.  The takeaway passage for me this week is from 1 Peter

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

What motivated Christ to go to the cross for us and have God raise him up on the third day?  It was His love for us.  I like what Peter says,  “There is great joy ahead, even though there will be trials.”  That is great stuff in times like these.  I look forward to our priceless inheritance in heaven.

Wow!

I was checking a few of my regular blogs this morning before heading out for the weekend, and I came across this:

West Michigan Passes 30,000 in Easter Attendance!

West Michigan is a happening district.  One of the things I like about them is that they are intentional and on purpose.  We are working on that in Shenandoah District.  Two churches (in West Michigan) had over 9,000 worshipers combined.  We had a goal in Shenandoah for 12,000 worshippers.  I haven’t seen the final figures yet.  In order for us to do that, we had to double our attendance in every church across the district.  What I like about that is each number represents someone who heard the gospel this past week.

Wednesday Night Update

We returned back to a regular format this week at Mosaic.  Unfortunately because of sickness, we were a bit shorthanded when it came to staff.  We had a good group (19) of students show up.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am starting to see some real growth among some of our students.  Several who sang in the choir on Sunday, really surprised me by being engaged in the discussion tonight.  That is a nice change of pace.  Those same students sang out during the worship as well.

cimg1970.jpgBefore we gathered for Mosaic, our bank held a customer appreciation day.  This is race weekend in Martinsville.  Believe it or not, it is something that the entire region looks forward to.  Yes, it is a pain to get around on such a weekend, but these loyal racing fans bring a great deal of money to our struggling economy.  Sundays are interesting because several of our congregation work the race in some way.  Because the race is in town, and our bank sponsors one of the Nationwide Series cars, they had their car at the cimg1971.jpgbank.  The backup driver enjoyed having his picture taken with James. They were also giving away free popcorn, drinks and cookies and other assorted stuff. I’ll be away this weekend, but I’m sure Pam will be taking pictures of several of the displays throughout Martinsville and I’ll post those Sunday night.

Until then — Carp Diem!  (Seize the Day!)

The Wonderful World of Facebook

When Rebecca went off to college this past fall, she discovered a completely new world which is called a Facebook. When she came home, she introduced it to the family. Dale and Anna have ventured in this world in cyberspace. It is a world where you collect friends, share pictures and gifts to each other. One of thing our girls like to do is throw things at each other, at one time they were throwing farm animals at each other. I joke with them that I thought I had taught them better than to throw farm animals at each other. It is a safe place in cyberspace were our girls can keep in touch with friends from the various places we have lived but best of all it is a place where Dale and the girls can connect with one another.  I have not signed up yet to join this world because I am not that technical and no one has shown me how to use it. I also enjoy watching them having fun with it and I do not think many of my friends are on Facebook.

I am getting better with technical things because of having a daughter away at college. I have been in the world of IM and web cams but still learn how to plug the web cams. If I think all this is foreign can you imagine how the generation in front of me feels?

Blogging Break

Tonight’s update on Mosaic will be my last post until Sunday evening.  Last fall, I was sponsored on an Emmaus Walk.  This week I will be part of an Emmaus team, so I will be without technology for the weekend.  Pam has been working for the last several weeks on some ideas for this blog.  I am leaving my blog in her very capable hands, even though she is not as technical as I am.  I’m going to show her how to post this morning.  I’ve got  a lot to do before I go away for the weekend.

The Jelly Bean Prayer

RED is for the blood He gave,
GREEN is for the grass He made,
YELLOW is for the sun so bright,
ORANGE is for the edge of night,
BLACK is for the sins that were made,
WHITE is for the grace He gave,
PURPLE is for the hour of sorrow,
PINK is for the new tomorrow.
CELEBRATE — JESUS IS ALIVE

AARP Card

card_aarp.gifI had a horrible thing happen to me this week; I received an AARP card in the mail. Let me just tell you that I am not old enough for one. It is a reminder that I am not as young as I hope I am. Part of the human life is to get older. There is a funny part of this story is that even if I am getting older; I still look young enough that people think I am Dale’s daughter or a sister to my girls. Can you imagine when I am old enough to get an AARP card and have to be carded to make sure I am old enough to have it?

Monday Night Bowling – on Tuesday Morning

Last night was the last night of this year’s bowling season.  We had a roll-off — several teams rolled for 1st through 4th trophies, while the rest of us bowled against each other for roll-off champion.  It became apparent early that the roll-off champion wasn’t going to be us.  I bowled terrible, probably as bad as I have bowled all season — 94, 124, and 100.  I had a few good rolls, but they were few and far between.  I’m glad it’s over — Just wait until next year!

Not Just Any Other Day

Today, Pam had to go out on an emergency run to the store.  This is not something that we usually do.  But it has been interesting as we have been remembering Christ this weekend that for most people it was “business as usual.”  In reality for most in Jerusalem that weekend, they were oblivious to the crucifixion.  Most were probably oblivious to the resurrection.  Today, people were out buying paint for their houses and everything else.  It reminded me a song by John Elefante.

Just another early morning as the sun began to rise
Like a million other mornings just the same
The people of the town began their ordinary lives
Unsuspecting of a world about to change

This was not just any other day, no
Not just any other day

Little did they know that on the other side of town
The sin of all humanity would bleed beneath a crown
Of a man whose only blame was being born a King

CHORUS:
And I wish that I could have felt that rain on me
I wish that I could have felt that rain
I would have looked into Your dying eyes and
Stared at You in disbelief and thought,
“Is this what You’ve been telling me 2000 years?”

It was business as usual, nothing different at all
As dusk would cast a shadow and the night began to fall
But no one stopped to notice that before this day would end
The sick and the afflicted needn’t ever hurt again

Not just any other day
It was not just any other day

As a small crowd gathered just beneath the dying Son
The fulfillment of a promise had been done

And I wish that I could have felt that rain on me
I wish that I could have felt that rain
I would have heard with my own ears
As you shouted out in fear and said,
“Father why have You forsaken Me?”

My prayer for you is that this wasn’t just an ordinary day, but an extraordinary day.