Sunday Night Thoughts

  • It looks like this is the last warm weekend.  The temp got up close to 70 today.  By the end of the week the highs are supposed to be in the 40’s.  The leaves have been beautiful this past week, but it looks like we have passed the peak of the fall foliage here in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • I’m hoping for some nice days at FLAME next week, so we can enjoy the foliage there if it hasn’t passed its peak.
  • We had a great Trunk or Treat on Friday night.  We had the opportunity to minister to over 100 people.  That was amazing and so unexpected.  This was a major praise.  We learned quite a bit from this year’s Trunk or Treat and we are looking forward already to next year’s event.
  • We had a great time worshiping as a church family today.  New songs, old hymns, gospel songs — it was all in there.  The Holy Spirit has been dwelling in God’s place over the last few weeks — so cool.  In addition, the praise team sounded really good this morning as well as our men’s ensemble.  They sang an old Promise Keepers standard — Rise Up O Men of God.
  • Our Christmas worship musical is really coming along.  We have been working on the first few songs and they are really coming along.  It’s getting to the point where I need to work on the rest of the musical.  I have a great, hard-working choir.
  • There was some great discussion during our special teaching time on Sunday nights “The Mission of the Church Matters.”  God has been laying several things on my heart about how we can reach people in our community.  One of those things was our Trunk or Treat, which I have already said that I can’t wait till next year.  There are several other things that God has been speaking to me about and I look forward to working on them and sharing them with you over the next several weeks.
  • I can wait for next week, because it is time for FLAME at Table Rock.  Table Rock Wesleyan Camp is the most beautiful place.  I love looking at the mountain.  It looks like the band is in place for the most part.  I have also been asked to speak for chapel, which I consider to be a great privilege, honor, and opportunity.
  • I think that is about it — time to relax and get ready for bed — it has been such a good weekend!  Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

October 31, 2010
Reformation Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


Songs of Worship

Sing to the King
Better Is One Day
Here I Am to Worship

Connecting Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

I Am Thine, O Lord
Make Me a Servant

Giving Back to God

Special Music
Rise Up O Men of God

Worship Through God’s Word

Beauty Treatments for the Bride
The Beauty Mark of Good Works

Song of Commitment

Holy Spirit, Rain Down


Reformation Day

October 31, 2010

Today is Reformation Sunday.  Over 490 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of Wittenburg Chapel and began what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.  As is the case with most reformations, Martin Luther tried to change the church from within, but received much interference and opposition to the reform.  I don’t think his goal was to start a new church, even though that happened.  The same thing happened in the Methodist movement during Wesley’s time and when the Wesleyan Methodists broke from the Methodist Episcopal church in the 1840’s.  Orange Scott and Luther Lee and the others really had hoped to make a difference from within their church but ended up on the outside looking in.

In honor of the day, here is the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale singing, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

Cool and Windy

We are getting a real taste of fall this weekend.  We had a hard frost this morning — we had to scrape ice off the windshield of the van this morning.  It was a bit cool to get a run in this morning so we waited until this afternoon.  I had the opportunity to run with a partner from church.  We were able to run 4.98 miles in 57:25, which is a 11:31/mile.  It was nice to get a weekend run in.  Pressing On!

Weekly Lectionary Reading


Proper 26 (31) (October 31, 2010)

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144;  2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

1 This is the message that the prophet Habakkuk received in a vision.

2 How long, O Lord, must I call for help?
But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
but you do not come to save.
3 Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
who love to argue and fight.
4 The law has become paralyzed,
and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
so that justice has become perverted.


1 I will climb up to my watchtower
and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says
and how he will answer my complaint.

2 Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
3 This vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed.

4 “Look at the proud!
They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

Windy, Sunny, Fall Afternoon

Today was a gorgeous as it gets in late October — how’d it get to be the 28th of the month already?????  It was warm with the sun beating down and yet the wind was kicking up.  My goal today was simply to run for an hour.  I ran for 1:00:03 and completed 5.28 miles in that time.  My pace was 11:22 min/mile, which I am very happy about.  For the first 2 1/2 miles I was able to stay under an 11 minute mile.  This is all feeling really good and just part of Pressing On toward the goal!

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

Last spring I was getting ready to preach my first sermon at Parkway.  I was in need of some black heels.  As I started looking around for a new pair of shoes, Dale received an email about women having too many shoes.  [Ed. One of the things that I appreciate about Pam is that she is frugal when it comes to clothing.  In fact, I usually have to encourage her to buy new clothing 🙂 ]  The day that I found some new shoes, Dale kept teasing me about having too many shoes.  Just a few weeks ago, Dale went out shopping for a new pair of running shoes.  His current pair is starting to show some wear, but they are still good for running.  As we were buying the running shoes, Dale told me that he needed just one more pair of sneakers, because he now had two pairs of running shoes — one for long distance — one for short distance and an everyday pair.  It turns out he also needs a pair for working in the yard.  [Ed. I’m beginning to think it’s a runner thing 🙂 Runners like shoes. ]  The good thing is that the yard work is pretty much done for the year so by next spring his everyday pair of sneakers will become yardwork shoes.  It will be funny because the next time I hear a man teasing a woman for having too many shoes — I will just tell him my story! 🙂

Worship Is…

William Temple: Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.


Today I did something running wise that I haven’t done in a long time.  I ran on back to back days.  Usually I try to run every other day, but it is tough to run on Sundays, so that always throws off the timing.  This Saturday, we have a rare Saturday with nothing going on at all, so I wanted to do a longer run.  I had to fix the run schedule so that could happen and in order to do that I had to run a back-to-back set of runs.

That doesn’t mean that today’s run was bad, just different.  My legs are used to a rest day.  My overall run was 4.08 miles at 45:58 for an 11:15 min/mile pace — This is good.  Another goal was to run one mile as fast as I could and that mile clocked in at 9:38.  I can live with that because over the last few weeks, it looks and feels like I have made some great progress — I love it.  Pressing On!

Letting You Have the Ride

Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. Most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be like people, most marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise…….The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.

— Jenkin Lloyd Jones