It’s been several days (oops two weeks) since I last updated the widget on the side about my running. Running training is going well. I continue to run/walk at least 2.6 miles each time out — Monday I actually had 3.5 total miles with 2.6 of them running. Looking forward to getting up to that 4 mile mark and then work on running the entire four miles. At this point I can almost run one mile before giving out. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.
Fall officially arrived last week and this week it really feels like it. As I write it is 48 degrees going down to a low of 39. We have had some cool mornings of late and while running on Tuesday afternoon — it was only 60 degrees with some wind and clouds. I am looking forward to watching the leaves change — the Shenandoah Valley is so beautiful — I am amazed by the beauty of this place every day.
The house is progressing along — almost all the exterior work is complete (brick work) — They will be pouring sidewalks tomorrow 🙂 Next week they start working on at least part of the lawn. Inside about half of the hardwood floor has been laid. Everything is progressing very nicely.
Tonight was one of my teaching nights off. Every once and a while I get one of those. We had 12 students and 5 staff. It appeared everything went well and I could smell that they had chips and salsa in the high school room, which doubles as my office. I challenged our students to come up with a group name and logo — looking forward to what they come up with. We are also planning a service project to one of the missions here in Staunton in November. In addition several of our teens will be working on church projects this Saturday.
This evening our praise team prepared the musical worship for this coming Sunday which is also our annual Missions Celebration. We have two teams and the teams are sounding better each week. James has joined us on bongos and did a great job tonight. The team sounded really good tonight and I am looking forward to Sunday. Be praying for our missions celebration this weekend and our focus on Servant Evangelism.
We now have a new mini-van. The old one was 5 1/2 years old and had 130,000 miles on it. I shared that we had some repairs done on it and this past weekend, we had additional problems — fortunately they didn’t cost us any money. We felt it was time — since we need a vehicle to get around here. It is a 2009 Kia Sedona — we had really good success with the last Sedona. They’ve added several features — I like the keyless entry — this is the first time we’ve had a car with that. It also has stow and go seating for the back row. It came with a complimentary three month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio. I haven’t decided if will continue on with that, but it is nice to listed to the radio without a lot of DJ chatter. But that’s another story and another post. That about wraps it up. Seize the Day!
From the blog of Tim Hughes (author of Here I Am to Worship)
“The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.” A.W. Tozer.
This is quite a challenge – especially as we all prepare to lead worship this Sunday. Are we going to pull out the classics, and try and force people into a time of worship? Are we going to rely on our own strength to make something happen? Or, are we going trust and follow God to lead us in a beautiful, deep and meaningful encounter of worship.
“The Spirit brings life; the flesh counts for nothing.”
Perhaps the best thing we could do in terms of our preparation for leading worship is to spend some time in God’s presence, seeking Him and asking that He may fill us up with the Holy Spirit and use us in power to bring glory to Him.
Let’s go for it. Who wants shallow entertainment when we can give people Jesus!
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.
If the message of holiness not not preached, taught or communicated, most likely, it will not be experienced.
This is going to be a quick post again this week. God has met with us over the last several days. Pam and I have been at our District Minister and Spouse’s retreat. It was great to see our friends from the district. I had the opportunity to lead worship and take care of the media. Fall is on its way. We had a cool rain on Friday and Saturday. I didn’t get a chance to run outside, but ran on a treadmill at the conference center which just happened to be right here in Staunton. I ran 2.25 miles on the treadmill, with almost all of those being running miles.
We had a good service at Parkway this morning. We introduced the song “Mighty to Save” and it sounded like the congregation picked up on that pretty quick. It was good to spend some time resting this afternoon before our Global Ministry Team meeting this evening. This week appears to slow down a little after the last couple weeks. Have a great one and Seize the Day!
Jesus the Light of the World
Reader 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Reader 2: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3. Through him all things were made.
Reader 1: 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good.
Reader 2: Without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
Reader 1: he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Reader 2: 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
September 27, 2009
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship – Reader’s Theater (Genesis 1:1-5/John 1:1-5)
*Songs of Praise and Worship
Shine, Jesus, Shine (Kendrick)
Mighty to Save (Fielding/Morgan)
We Will Glorify (Paris)
*Connecting in Prayer
Song of Worship – The Light of the World is Jesus (Bliss)
Giving Back to God
Worship Through God’s Word
Sermon Series: Unveiled: Jesus, the Great I AM
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12; 9:39-41
Song of Commitment – O To Be Like Thee (Chisholm/Kirkpatrick)