Sunday Night Thoughts

  • Today was a gorgeous spring day.  We made it to 65 degrees today, even though there was a pretty good breeze out there.
  • It was nice enough to take a walk this afternoon.  Everyone else apparently had the same idea because the park was packed with cars, dogs, walkers, and runners.  Pam and I had a good walk and made good time.
  • We had a good choir practice as we get ready to present an Easter worship musical.  It has some great old songs in it like, “The Day He Wore My Crown,” “The King is Coming,” “Jesus, We Crown You With Praise,” and “Written In Red.”  The choir is doing a great job even after just our second rehearsal.  They are great!
  • Worship was simply amazing this morning.  The team did a great job in leading worship.  We had some new worship banners decorating our worship center.  Several people mentioned how the Spirit touched them this morning.  I am humbled to be part of what God is doing.
  • This week finds me preparing for worship for next Sunday and the following Sunday and preparing worship for FLAME.  This Saturday, I will be heading to the Hoosier State.  Looking forward to renewing acquaintances and meeting both new and old friends.
  • Looking forward to a great week!

Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

February 27, 2011
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation

Matthew 6:33-34

Songs of Worship

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Lord, Reign In Me
Cares Chorus

Connecting through Prayer
Songs of Worship

Agnus Dei
Revelation Song

Giving Back to God

Song of Worship

Glory In The Highest

Worship Through God’s Word

Great Words of the Apostle Paul
For Givers Only
Philippians 4:14-23

Song of Commitment

Take My Life (Tomlin)

Benediction

At Just the Right Time…

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 27, 2011

Isaiah 49:8-16a; Psalm 131; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34

8 This is what the Lord says:

“At just the right time, I will respond to you.
On the day of salvation I will help you.
I will protect you and give you to the people
as my covenant with them.
Through you I will reestablish the land of Israel
and assign it to its own people again.
9 I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’
and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’
They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures
and on hills that were previously bare.
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst.
The searing sun will not reach them anymore.
For the Lord in his mercy will lead them;
he will lead them beside cool waters.
11 And I will make my mountains into level paths for them.
The highways will be raised above the valleys.
12 See, my people will return from far away,
from lands to the north and west,
and from as far south as Egypt.”

13 Sing for joy, O heavens!
Rejoice, O earth!
Burst into song, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on them in their suffering.

14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us;
the Lord has forgotten us.”

15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

Worship Transcends Feelings

For that is what worship is: an act.  It is not primarily an “experience,” although we often hear people talking about having “a beautiful worship experience.”  This is a fine sentiment but partly misses the point.  God commands us to worship him, and you cannot command an experience.  Like love (which is also commanded,) worship may be attended by exalted feelings; but the thing is the act of bringing laud and honor to the Most High.

Thomas Howard, “Liturgical Worship” in The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Vol 3,

My Fear…

My fear is not that our great movement, known as the Methodists, will eventually cease to exist or one day die from the earth. My fear is that our people will become content to live without the fire, the power, the excitement, the supernatural element that makes us great.

John Wesley

 

Sunday Night Thoughts

  • A week ago I turned up for church and got sick.  Today was the first day since last Sunday that I have really felt 100%.
  • The weather was beautiful today.  It was partly cloudy and somewhat warm.  I really wasn’t able to get out for a run.  I ended up watching the Daytona 500 today.  It was a good race.
  • It was good to worship with our church family.  Since the team didn’t get to practice together because of sickness, we struggled to stay in sync.  The great thing is the Holy Spirit worked despite our failings.
  • We had a good first choir practice for our Easter program.
  • I’m really hoping to get out for a run tomorrow.  Later!

Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

February 20, 2011
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

Songs of Worship

Forever

Indescribable

Offering

Connecting Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

Since I Have Been Redeemed

You Are My All In All

Giving Back to God

There Is Power In the Blood

Worship Through God’s Word

Great Words of the Apostle Paul

I Can…Through Christ

Philippians 4:8-13

Song of Commitment

Victory In Jesus

Benediction

Be Holy…Because I Am Holy

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
February 20, 2011

1 The Lord also said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

9 “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. 10 It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.

11 “Do not steal.

“Do not deceive or cheat one another.

12 “Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely. I am the Lord.

13 “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.

“Do not make your hired workers wait until the next day to receive their pay.

14 “Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your God; I am the Lord.

15 “Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.

16 “Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.

“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the Lord.

17 “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.

18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

This is a great passage.  Our family is reading through the Bible this year.  The last time we read through it together was in 2006.  I find new things each time we read through it.  We will be coming to this passage in just a few days.  We are reading through the Bible chronologically this year.  The authors have done there best to assemble the passages of scripture in order of how it happened.  It will be a bit confusing in the 1 and 2 Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Psalms and prophets, because many of these happened simultaneously.

This passage reminds us that God wants us set apart as a holy people.  So often we think that there is no way that we can do this.  I find that argument a bit off.  If God commands us to be holy, why wouldn’t he give us the power to be holy?  The point is that he has — he has given us Himself through the person of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit dwells within the believer and gives the believer the power to live a holy life.  Many times we lack that power because we believe erroneously that we are just human.  The power that was available to the apostles following the Day of Pentecost is available to us today, if only we receive the Holy Spirit and allow him to dwell in our lives and work in us each and every day.  We need to ask for a new filling each day.  Why?  Because we leak!  Only when the Holy Spirit is doing his work in our lives will we be able to keep God’s commands.