This afternoon, following some church work, and before persuing more church work, Pam and I went to our local Staunton Arby’s.  I am impressed with this local franchise.  It’s my understanding that there was a change of management a while back, sometime around the time we arrived in Staunton.  This is a hard working crew — no matter when we are there.  I was particularly impressed by Sean and the crew today.  Sean usually remembers what you ordered to drink when you ask for a refill — I think he has made this a goal in his life — they are all about the customer service.  If you are in the Staunton area, I encourage you to check them out.  If you are driving by Staunton, they aren’t exactly right off the exit, but well worth the customer service they provide.  Keep up the good work!

Running Update

A Run in the Park

Today, I thought I would do something I haven’t done in a while and that would be to run through the park for the entirety of my run.  I haven’t done that in several months, so my body would have to get used to something different today.  I was able to run 5.2 miles today.  It was purposely a harder run than usual and I plan another short, but faster run for Wednesday, with another 10 mile run planned for Friday.  Pressing On!

Sunday Night Thoughts

  • We had another beautiful day here in the Shenandoah Valley.  It is still hot in the afternoons and this week the temps are going to be in the 90 to 95 range early in the week.  There is no rain in sight.
  • Yesterday was an emotionally draining day — see yesterday’s post.
  • It was good to worship with God’s people this morning.  We had a great worship service and received communion together as a congregation.  That is always a highlight for me.
  • Sickness and other circumstances dwindled our praise team this week.  Hopefully we will be back to full strength next week.
  • We celebrated my birthday today — tried something new — Chipolte.  That was our first time and we all liked it.  The burritos are huge!
  • Looking forward to getting a run in tomorrow morning, before it gets too warm.
  • Looking forward to building God’s Kingdom this week.

Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

August 29, 2010

14th Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Romans 5:6-11

Songs of Worship

Our Great Savior (Chapman/Prichard)

You Are My All In All (Jernigan)

Worship Through Prayer

O The Blood of Jesus (Traditional)

Grace Greater Than Our Sin (Johnson/Towner)

Worship Through Giving

Song of Worship

Amazing Grace (Newton/Traditional)

Worship Through God’s Word

Being Devoted to God

Psalm 27:4-9

Song of Preparation

Communion (Avery/Carr/Powell/Lee/Anderson)

Worship At the Lord’s Table

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Benediction

The Bond of Love (Skillings)


A Little Blue

Today has been a tough day.  Usually one of the first things that I do after getting up is to check my e-mail.  By 9 o’clock, I hadn’t done that — like I said — highly unusual.  Shortly after that I found out a dear saint from our church had gone home to be with the Lord.  We had our annual barbeque fundraiser for missions this morning and it helped to be around others from our church — who felt the same type of loss.  We agreed as a team to go take food to the family.  Since I have gotten home, I have been mellow.  Pam and I will miss him.  I know the family will miss him as well.  Be praying for our church family as we minister to the family during this next week and beyond.

Recovery Run

Running Update

Today was a recovery run day — that is the day or two following a hard workout — either speed or tempo or in my case a long-distance that I had not run before.  My goal was simply 5 miles.  As I got into the run, it felt pretty good, so I started pushing myself a little harder and my body agreed with that.  I was able to finish 5.5 miles in about and hour and 5 minutes.  Hopefully I will be getting a running watch for my birthday.  (Hint! Hint!)  My last watch died on me back in the spring.  Overall, I thought it was a good run.  I have 20 miles running in for the week, with 6 walking miles (which are also part of the recovery effort.)

I want to share an interesting incident from the run and how I handled it.  About 3/4 of the way through my first mile, I gently twisted my ankle — the sidewalk did something funny and I was looking ahead.  (Which is a great difference from when I first started — rarely did I keep my head up.)  The sidewalk caught my foot funny and I limped and hopped for a few steps 5 or 10 and got back into my regular stride.  I continued running not thinking much of it.  Apparently someone sitting in a car, waiting at a light saw what happened.  As the light turned green and car pulled off, someone shouted, “Nice Fall!”  I may be clumsy — I am not as graceful as I would like to be, but I didn’t fall and really didn’t stumble much.  I sort of wondered what his problem was.  The light wasn’t red because of me — I didn’t slow down his progress — I was running on the sidewalk and didn’t need to cross the street where he was waiting.  The natural man in me rose up — who does he think he is?  A year ago, I would have really let it bother me — It may even affected my running.  This I know — I am a runner — that is what I do — who knows who he is?  My running has given me a confidence that I haven’t had — constantly trying new distances — pushing harder — because I like the results.  I remember reading an article that convinced me that I didn’t have to worry about anybody else’s opinion while running.  The runners and the walkers are trying to get fit or stay fit and they usually cheer me on.  The other morning about 1/4 way through my 10-miler, an older lady said, “Keep up the good work son!”  I like that.  Those who don’t run, don’t know what it is like to run, so their opinion really doesn’t count in my eye.  I just scored it as that guy was an idiot.  Toward the very last part of my run, I passed a familiar face — he calls me Rev.  and he is one of the regulars.  He started saying, “Looks like you are gaining some…” I was hoping that he wasn’t going to say weight, but then he said, “speed!”  I felt like a speedster today, so I thanked him and finished my run.  It was an interesting morning as you can see — but that will not stop me from Pressing On!

Weekly Lectionary Reading

Proper 17 (22) (August 29, 2010)

Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

4 Listen to the word of the Lord, people of Jacob—all you families of Israel! 5 This is what the Lord says:

“What did your ancestors find wrong with me
that led them to stray so far from me?
They worshiped worthless idols,
only to become worthless themselves.
6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord
who brought us safely out of Egypt
and led us through the barren wilderness—
a land of deserts and pits,
a land of drought and death,
where no one lives or even travels?’

7 “And when I brought you into a fruitful land
to enjoy its bounty and goodness,
you defiled my land and
corrupted the possession I had promised you.
8 The priests did not ask,
‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who taught my word ignored me,
the rulers turned against me,
and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal,
wasting their time on worthless idols.
9 Therefore, I will bring my case against you,”
says the Lord.
“I will even bring charges against your children’s children
in the years to come.

10 “Go west and look in the land of Cyprus;
go east and search through the land of Kedar.
Has anyone ever heard of anything
as strange as this?
11 Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones,
even though they are not gods at all?
Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God

for worthless idols!
12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing
and shrink back in horror and dismay,”
says the Lord.
13 “For my people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned me—
the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns
that can hold no water at all!

10 Miles

It finally happened. I’ll admit the weather this morning made have had something to do with it. What a gorgeous summer morning. It’s been raining on and off for over 24 hours — not complaining — because we really do need the rain. The rain has also brought cooler temps — yea! I’m also working on my pre-run preparation. I tried some of that new Gatorade stuff. There is a pre-exercise drink — then a performance drink and then a recovery drink. The pre-exercise stuff worked good and kicked in with the protein and carbohydrates. The first half of the run was uneventful and even the first half of the second half was pretty good. It was when I got into that unfamiliar territory past 8 miles that it got interesting. My legs started to cramp, but I wanted to finish — I have never run 10 miles at one time in my life and it’s been a goal of mine since late spring. I am happy to report that I was able to complete my run and finish with 10.2 miles 🙂 That is a big deal. Our pastor even made a big deal of it. I know I’ve been running for a while, but it almost seems that this run was what I needed to prove that I was a runner. Was it fast? No! But it was 10 miles — I don’t know of many people in my circle of friends who could run 10 miles. There are a few. The last two miles were those perseverance miles — my saying of late is, “If it doesn’t kill me, it will make me stronger.” A benefit of this morning’s long run was I burned approximately 1700 calories along the way — that’s pretty cool.

One of the cons (if you could call it that) is that my legs are cramping pretty badly this morning. My legs haven’t hurt this bad in a long time — back to those beginning days of running. Tomorrow will be a take it easy day. I have close to 20 miles in for the last 7 days and I am please with my progress.

Pressing On!