Sunday Morning Thoughts

8 + Inches of Snow


  • This has proved to be a wild winter — and it’s not over yet.  Yesterday, we got walloped with 8 inches of the white stuff.  Originally, we were supposed to get about 2 to 4.  There’s talk of another winter storm next weekend. 😦
  • While watching the closing announcements — came across this ironic closing — Due to the snow, the snowflake party has been canceled 😉
  • We decided not to have church today — too cold and too icy.
  • This will be my one and only post today and a short one at that.

If you are from our neck of the woods — stay warm.  Everyone be blessed and Seize the Day!

Worshiping…in Spirit and Truth

On this coming Monday, it will be one year since I received the first call about the possibilities to come and serve on staff at Parkway Wesleyan Church. In light of that, I changed the name of the blog to Transitions. This past year has been a year of transitions. We are now settled into our brand new parsonage and serving on staff. Since my primary responsibilities lie in the areas of worship and student ministries, I wanted the title to reflect at least part of that. Worship has always been a subject I have written about and so I thought it was appropriate to use a title that reflected the idea of worship.

Since I began this blog it was written about the reflections of a small church pastor, who did a little bit of everything and the posts reflected that. Now that my area of ministry is more focused, I thought that I would focus on that. Not that I will ignore other topics, but worship is a passion of mine and I will be focusing on that area.

Welcome to Worshiping…in Spirit and Truth. Blessings…

Weekly Lectionary Reading

Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany
January 31, 2010

Jeremiah 1:4-10 * Psalm 71:1-6 * 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 * Luke 4:21-30

4 The Lord gave me this message:

5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
10 Today I appoint you to stand up
against nations and kingdoms.
Some you must uproot and tear down,
destroy and overthrow.
Others you must build up
and plant.”

As I have mentioned before, Epiphany is a season of light.  It speaks to the mission of Jesus — the mission to tell others about the Light of the World.  In this short passage this morning we have the narrative of God calling Jeremiah to speak to the people of Israel.  Jeremiah is reminded as David reminded us in Psalm 139, that God knows us before we are formed in our mother’s womb.  God had plans for Jeremiah before he was even born.  God has plans for all of us before we are born.  I often think of my journey to the ministry.  If you were to look at it with a quick glance, you might say that I took the long way around to the ministry.  Yet, as I look back, God had his plan in place, so that I would be ready to serve Him as He wanted me.  I will admit that when God called me to the ministry during my high school years I felt like Jeremiah; “I can’t speak for you!  I’m too young!”  In my own mind, I felt and still feel that I am not a great speaker.  You can imagine my surprise when God called me into pastoral ministry and preaching.  However, he has given me the grace that I need to serve Him.  God reminds Jeremiah of that in verse 8, “Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.”  God even tells Jeremiah that He will give him the words to speak.  What a comforting thought for those who are called of God — no matter what age they are.  God will be with us as we share the light of Jesus.  Blessings….

“Looking Forward to…”


From BBC News:

Nearly 100% of churchgoers “look forward” to sermons but only 17% think preaching changes the way they live, according to a survey.

Researchers at Durham University found 60% of churchgoers felt sermons gave them a sense of God’s love.

Evangelical Christians looked forward most to sermons, with Roman Catholics wanting to be educated, Baptists converted and Anglicans entertained.

But different dominations disagreed on the ideal length of a sermon.

Many Anglicans wanted a sermon to last less than 10 minutes – although up to 20 minutes was fine if there was no “waffle” – while Baptists were happy to sit through at least 75 minutes. Catholics wanted their homilies to be completed within 10 minutes.

Baptists and Catholics were more enthusiastic about the Bible being mentioned in sermons than Anglicans and Methodists.

Members of new, independent evangelical churches wanted sermons to be challenging and encouraging.

Read more…

The Wesleyan Church in Haiti

From the Wesleyan Church website:

Caribe Atlantic Area director Dan Irvine reported by e-mail to The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters department of Global Partners, “Within minutes of the earthquake, the Wesleyan Hospital began to receive and treat injured individuals.” Operated by The Wesleyan Church, the tiny hospital on La Gonave with a staff of 60 medical personnel, missionaries and volunteers, has been on the 37-mile long island for over 50 years.

[Click here to read the entire article]

For more information on the work in Haiti and additional updates [click here]

Updates from World Hope International [click here]

Sunday Night Thoughts

Another Cold, Grey Morning

Today wasn’t much nicer than yesterday, plus it has rained most of the afternoon and it’s one of those cold rains.  This week the temps look to be lower than average, but not brutal cold like a few weeks ago.

God Is In the House

We had a great worship service this morning.  It was more traditional than usual.  I played bass guitar for most of the songs.  In addition to that I played in our community handbell choir, which is based out of our church.  That was an awesome worship experience in itself.  Pastor Barry preached a great sermon and we closed with Charlie Hall’s Give Us Clean Hands.  The congregation did a great job with it.

Amazing Grace

Tonight, we continued our rehearsals for our Palm Sunday musical.  We have got a great group.  Almost all of my 20 books I purchased are gone 🙂  This was only our second night, but I am very pleased with the sound already and we have many weeks to go.

Closing Thoughts

Pastor Barry preached this morning on the church at Thyratira.  This was a church that compromised itself.  It was a great reminder of what happens when we let sin into our lives.  Let’s resolve to worship God will all that we have and refuse to let our lives be compromised.  Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

January 24, 2010
Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Songs of Praise and Worship

All Hail King Jesus (Moody)

He Is Exalted (Paris)

Majesty (Hayford)

Sanctity of Life Sunday Presentation

Psalm 139:13-16

99 Balloons

Litany for Sanctity of Life

Connecting In Prayer

Songs of Worship

My Jesus I Love Thee (Gordon)

Giving Back to God

Special Music

Mountain Ridge Ringers

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel — Arr. Page

Worship Through God’s Word

Listen Up, Church!

Thyatira: The Corrupt Church

Revelation 2:18-29

Song of Committment

Give Us Clean Hands (Hall)