Sunday Set List

February 28, 2010
Second Sunday of Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 27

Songs of Worship

You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

Mighty to Save (Fielding/Morgan)

Agnus Dei (Smith)

Worship Through Prayer

Song of Worship

Victory in Jesus (This was not in the original plan, but our video projector decided it was not going to work anymore during worship)

We had planned on doing “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Bernard of Clairvaux) with “There Is A Redeemer. (Green)”

Worship Through Giving

Special MusicYour Great Light (Petersen)

Worship Through God’s Word

Extreme Makeover: Holiness Edition

Nothing Swept Under the Rug

Psalm 51

Song of Committment

Have Thine Own Way, Lord (Pollarf/Stebbins)


Running Update

Today as I completed the second of three laps, I thought about giving up.  But something inside wouldn’t let me.  So I pressed on.  By the time I neared the end of the third lap, my legs felt like lead.  Actually I think lead would have been lighter 🙂  The good news is that I was able to complete 3.9 miles for the first time in many weeks (probably 5 or six.)  My time was 50:08 for a 12:51 mile.  This is quite a bit slower than Tuesday’s run, but I was running by myself and running an additional 1.3 miles.

Monday the high is supposed to be around 50.  If that’s true it will be nice to run in the warmth for once.  Pressing On!

Weekly Lectionary Reading

Second Sunday In Lent
February 28, 2010

1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

7 Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”

8 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”

9 The Lord told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. 11 Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.

12 As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.

17 After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. 18 So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River—

Today we look at the covenant between Abraham and God.  We know that God had already promised Abraham a son, but Abraham remained unconvinced.  God reminds Abraham that he will indeed have his own son and reminds him that his descendants will be be as many as the stars.  This time it appears that Abraham believed God.  We are told here that Abraham was considered righteous because of his faith.  Could the same be said of you?  Abraham does question the Lord and asks for a sign and God reveals the covenant.  God told Abraham that if he lived as commanded to live, his descendants would inherit a large portion of land.  It is easy for us to look at this in hindsight.  After all, hindsight is always 20/20.  We know the “rest of the story.”  Imagine being in Abraham’s place.  Right now, Abraham has to place his trust in God and wait for the answer.  Is there something in your life today that you have to place your trust in God and wait for the answer?  I encourage you to do that.  Trust in God — he is faithful to his promises.

Who To Listen To?

Yesterday morning I was flipping through the channels, seeing what was on the news. The story that caught my interest was a story about a Dutch speed skater. While he was in the middle of a race, his coach told him to go into the wrong lane. The skater listened to his coach and even crossed the finish line seconds before the other skaters. Even though he had beaten everyone else, he still lost the race. Sometimes we go to those who we think we can trust and they would never let us down. Even those people can lead us down the wrong road. Only Christ will never take us the wrong way. This is why our devotional life is so important; we need to know the right way to go. We also need to know the voice of Christ when He talks to us. This helps to hear Him in all the confusion of our lives.

5 Keys to Transformational Youth Ministry

From Chuck Warnock:

Here are Chuck’s five ideas for transformational youth ministry.  I think he has hit the nail on the head.  For more on these click the link above.

1.  Build relationships. While this doesn’t sound like new advice, both Park and Zach see relationships with teens as the number one key to effective youth ministry.  “Kids don’t need more ‘hello’ friends,” Park noted.  Building relationships is really about building trust between adult leaders and youth group members.

2.  Share ministry. This one is interesting.  It is suggested that there be a 1 to 8 adult to teen ratio for the most effective youth ministry.

3.  Create safe space.

4.  Listen and confront.

5. Engage in service.

Youth ministry doesn’t have to spend a fortune or put on a rock concert to be effective in reaching junior high and high schoolers for Christ.  Personal relationships, adult mentors, honest conversation, and opportunities to help others create an atmosphere where students feel they belong, and eventually are able to believe.

There is some great stuff here.  I encourage you to check out the whole article.

Running Update

New Personal Best Time

For the first time in several months, I ran with someone.  It was nice to have a running partner.  Because of that, I was able to run a personal best for 2.6 miles.  I ran that in 30:57 which comes out to a 11:54 mile.  WooHoo!  I have finally broken the 12 minute mile barrier.  This is a major accomplishment and I am major pumped about it.  Now to do a 12 minute mile over three or four miles 🙂  I’m going to try that later this week — once we get passed the bad weather predicted for tomorrow and Thursday.  Pressing on….

Sunday Night Thoughts

  • The warmth has returned to the Shenandoah Valley.  What a beautiful late winter day we had today.  The snow is finally beginning to lose its grip.
  • This morning was rough to get up.  Yesterday, we took our teens to Winterjam.  We had a great time listening and worshiping.  We got home late so it made it a little rough getting up.
  • I had a great time in personal worship before anybody arrived.  It was really cool.
  • This morning our video projector decided to give us a hard time.  Thanks to Pierce, Marvin, and Jan for stepping up and helping out get this problem resolved.
  • All that said the worship time (the whole service) was great.  We had an amazing time.  The praise team did a great job.  Thank you Lord and thank you Holy Spirit for guiding us.
  • The choir continues to rehearse and is coming along well.
  • We finished the day with a meeting with our church’s Global Ministry Team.  We have a great team with a great heart for missions.
  • I’m looking forward to what God has in store this week.  Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

February 21, 2010
First Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

*Songs of Praise and Worship

The Name of the Lord (Utterbach)
Beautiful Savior (Townend)
You Are My All In All (Jernigan)

*Connecting in Prayer

Song of Praise and Worship

The Wonderful Cross (Watts/Tomlin/Walt/Reeves)
I Am Thine, O Lord (chorus only) (Crosby/Doane)

Giving Back to God

Special Music

Worship through God’s Word

Extreme Makeover: Holiness Edition
A Hunger That Just Won’t Quit
Psalm 84:1-12

Song of Commitment

Satisfied (William/Hudson)