Weekly Lectionary Readings

Proper 21 (26)
September 28, 2008

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

I’ll leave you with this from Philippians 2

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 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,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Wednesday Night Mosaic

Mosaic (like life) is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you are going to get.  If I would have gauged the amount of students by phone calls tonight, I would have been greatly disappointed.  The great thing is we had 19 students with 8 staff for a total of 27.  Very cool.  I was on kitchen duty (Pam was off, but helped me) with two of our other staff members.  We had breakfast for dinner, which was pancakes, sausage, and sausage gravy and biscuits.  Let’s just say we had alot of food and there were no left overs.  The students were well behaved tonight, so I would call it sucessful from what I know.  Tonight, we debuted our pre-school Mosaic, which sort of fell in our lap and we are grateful.  Thanks for your prayers regarding Mosaic.

In other news, it’s getting cooler on the Southside and it looks like we are in for two days of rain — and we need it.  We may have to turn on the heat if it gets too cool, but it won’t stay that way for long.  Time to get ready for bed.  Blessings….

Lessons from the Ant Hill

Last Wednesday I went home to get James. It was time for Mosaic and he was not at church. As I got to the steps on the driveway I noticed little tiny brown ants in a line and on a mission. I have no clue what their mission was, but they were focused on it. I realized I was off my mission which was getting James to church. After James came out of the house, James and I followed the line of ants to see where they were going. They were crossing the driveway. We finally lost them at the other side of the driveway. Once again I had forgotten my mission and headed to the church. I forgot all about the ants and their mission. If I had remembered the ants it would have been a great object lesson for my class. I started teaching about our mission — how important it is to keep a focus on the mission. I missed great visual lesson. After Mosaic, Dale and I were walking home and I remembered the ants and at eight o’clock at night those ants were still working hard. Another point that those ants taught me is their mission was in a dangerous place and yet they keep on with their mission. Those ants’ mission was where we drove the vans and we could walk on them. Here is the lesson that I could have taught the children.

  1. We have a mission and we have to keep doing what God has called us to do.
  2. We need to keep the focus on the mission God has given us.
  3. Our mission is important.
  4. We need to accomplish our mission even if it is in a dangerous place.
  5. We are not alone in this mission.
  6. This mission never ends until we die.

I will be looking at this lessons a little bit close in the couple of post.

Monday Night Bowling

We started tonight all by ourselves in 13th place and we were bowling one of the better teams, so it didn’t look good for us.  The short story is we won 4 of 7 points tonight, which is respectable and almost gained a 5th point.  We all bowled well tonight.  Tonight, I rolled a 417 set (151, 134, 132).  For the most part, it was a consistent set and it bumped up my average to 128 which is where I ended up last year, because I couldn’t get more consistent than that.  I’m really hoping to bump my average up a couple of pins each week.  It was a good week for the Preston Five.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Today was a good day of ministry — which followed a great weekend gathering of our district’s pastors and spouses.  I guess you could say I’m enjoying the quiet tonight, being by myself and just basking in the days events.  The highlight of the day was getting a call from Rebecca.  She was excited about the way things are going at school — including English.  I forgot that she will be home shortly for fall break.  But she did her homework and already has a ride.  Not much else to report — plus I’m not much in a writing mood tonight.

Pam on the other hand is working on a series of posts called Lessons from the Ant Hill.  I think you’ll really enjoy it.  Blessings…

Worship Recap

September 21, 2008
19th Sunday after Pentecost

Call to Worship
Psalm 145
Songs of WorshipLet’s Just Praise the Lord (Gaither); We Will Glorify (Paris); Give Thanks (Smith)
Song of Worship
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Wesley/Glaser)
Worship through Prayer
Worship through Giving
Song of Worship
O How I Love Jesus (Whitfield/Traditional American Melody)
Worship through God’s Word Joyful in All Things [Audio]