One morning I was walking through our park just like I had done many times before. On this particular morning, I heard a rustling in the leaves above my head as I walked. After I passed by those trees I heard the sounds of black walnuts falling to the ground. A little later, I heard a very familiar sound above my head once again – this time however, it was an acorn falling to the ground. In addition to the noise that alerted me to the falling nuts and acorns, there is the visible evidence of the nuts and acorns. Anytime that you are under the canopy of trees, there are walnuts – some crushed – some not – and acorns. These are warning signs that there are falling nuts.
A year or two ago, Dale wrote a short post about a crazy warning that he found on a can of tuna. On the label it read “Warning: contains fish.” Talk about your crazy warnings – of course tuna contains fish. Here are a couple of crazy warning signs.
I was thinking in this day and age of funny and crazy warning signs, where were the signs to look for out for falling walnuts and acorns.
Sometimes we think about sin this way – we want warning signs for sin. Think about it – how easy would it be if life and sin has big red warning signs? We may not have big, red warning signs, but there warning signs if we keep our eyes open – just as it is up to me to keep my eyes and ears for falling nuts.
Worship is living our life individually and corporately as continuous living sacrifices to the glory of a person or thing.
It was a busy weekend, including yesterday, so I was not able to get a run or walk in all weekend. Today was my first day out in three days. I decided on a short but fast (as fast as I can go anyway) run and was pleased with the results. Today’s run was 3.9 miles (three laps around Gypsy Hill Park) in 44:25 or a 11:23 pace. This is a good thing. I remember when a fast run was a 12:00 pace. Or I can even remember when it took me the greater part of an hour to run three laps at Gypsy Hill. It feels so good and yesterday at our District Learning Day, several came up and mentioned that they have been following my progress and encouraged me to keep going. I’m not planning on quitting now — so much good has come as a result of this new discipline. Pressing On!
You go no place by accident this week. Wherever you go, Christ is sending you. You are nowhere by accident this week. Wherever you are, Christ has placed you. Because wherever you go, and wherever you are, Christ has a job He wants to do there, and He can only do it in your body.
– Richard C. Halverson, former U.S. Senate Chaplain
via my good friend Rich Avery
Rich Avery, who was here for our missions weekend, introduced me to this song. I sang it as our closer yesterday.
Rain, Beautiful Rain
The Shenandoah Valley is getting some much needed rain over at least the next 24 hours. It was beginning to rain pretty good this evening. It has been so dry here of late — and dry most of the summer. Last week it also felt alot like the middle of summer. We return to much more fall like temps this week.
This weekend we spent a lot of time around church as our church celebrated its annual mission’s celebration weekend. We had Rich Avery from Wesleyan Native Ministries here for the weekend. Friday night we had a great worship team from Parkway Wesleyan Church in Roanoke lead us in worship as we had a youth worship/missions rally. Paul Haithcock and his team, most of whom were teens from his youth group, did a great job in leading us in worship and Rich spoke on following God’s call.
Yesterday morning, members of the church split up all over the city as we served people and organizations in our community. It was a great time of relationship building and the ladies at church served a great lunch.
This morning Rich shared about the work of Wesleyan Native Ministries during Sunday School and then we had a great missions worship service. God really met with us this morning. We also collected our annual faith promise commitments and were blown away by the amount that our congregation pledged for missions. We are really humbled by what God is doing.
After church we went out to lunch with Rich and had a great time of fellowship before we parted ways. What a wonderful weekend.
Glory In the Highest
Our choir has started rehearsal for our Christmas program. It will be a wonderful worship experience. Several of the songs in the musical are “New Hallelujah,” “Glory in the Highest,” and “Jesus Messiah” as well as several Christmas carols. The choir is doing a great job learning the music.
Day of Learning
Tomorrow our district pastors are gathering at our church for a Belief and Behavior Workshop put on by our Spiritual Formation department based in Indy. It will be good so see some our our friends from HQ as well as our pastor friends from across the district. We are looking forward to a good day.
Our theme for this year’s missions celebration was based on Leeland’s “Follow You.” I love the second verse:
Use my hands, use my feet
To make your kingdom come
Through the corners of the earth
Until your work is done
‘Cause Faith without works is dead
And on the cross your blood was she’d
So how could I not give it away so freely?
And I’ll follow you into the homes that are broken.
Follow you into the world.
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God.
Follow you into the World.
Seize the Day!
Sunday, September 26
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
Songs of Worship
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (Founds)
We Want to See Jesus Lifted High (Horley)
Hear the Call of the Kingdom (Getty/Townend)
Connecting through Prayer
Songs of Worship
Send the Light (Gabriel)
Worship through Giving
Worship Through God’s Word
Three Things You Need to Know About Missions
Song of Commitment