Sunday Night Thoughts

Wow, what a weekend.  It has been great.  It was nice to have a few dry days after the rainy week we had.  This morning’s service was great.  We sang Christ Is Risen again and I was amazed as we sang the song.  The Holy Spirit was really moving among us and the team did a great job in leading worship.  We also had our local church conference today.  The ladies of the church made an amazing lunch then we commenced our business.  I thought we were all done after the conference but forgot about our Global Ministry Team this evening.  We have a great team and a great leader.  I am excited what is happening at Parkway in the area of missions.

This week finds me preparing for Vacation Bible School, which is only three weeks away.  I have some other things planned and look forward to what God is going to do this week.

Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 2011

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

John 14:1-3

Songs of Worship

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Christ Is Risen

Fairest Lord Jesus

Connecting Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

Since Jesus Came Into My Heart

Enough

Worship Through Giving

The Heart of Worship

Worship Through God’s Word

Finding Moses on the Interstate

Putting Jesus First

Exodus 20:1-3

Song of Commitment

Jesus, Be the Centre

Benedictioin

The Stoning of Stephen

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 22, 2011)

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

Sunday Night Thoughts

What a cool day we had today.  The picture that leads off today’s post was taken just a few minutes ago, just before the rain started all over again.  That’s ok, because we really need the rain.  What’s really funny about the rain today is that a year ago we had our open house here at the new parsonage and it did exactly the same thing – sun, rain, sun, rain, sun rain – although we didn’t have any pretty rainbows.

Like I said, today was a really cool day.  The weather was about perfect, even with the rain because I don’t want to water the grass this year.

Pam had a chance to preach today and did a great job preaching about God’s love.  The worship team did an awesome job – singers, players, and techs.  You could really feel the Holy Spirit moving among us this morning.  Many people said they identified with what Pam was preaching.  I also sang “How He Loves” as part of the message and it was just cool.

We spent the past two afternoons relaxing — I like that.  Last night we had a teen Nerf night and that was great fun.  I even got a run in this evening.  I am not an evening runner, but it worked tonight and I was glad I got it in, because the rest of the week is going to be crazy.

We are getting ready for our local church conference, so that means reports and that kind of stuff.  In addition we have tickets to go to the Innovate Church Conference at Thomas Road on Tuesday and Wednesday.  It should be really good and I’m looking forward to it.

That’s about all I have for the evening — It’s time to clean up from my run and get ready for bed.

Seize the Day! 

Sunday Set List

May 15, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 23

Songs of Worship

Forever

Mighty To Save

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

The Love of God

Think About His Love

Worship Through Giving

Special Music

Worship Through God’s Word

A Pastor’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth

Ephesians 3:12-19

Song of Commitment

How Deep the Father’s Love For  Us

Benediction

The Believers Form a Community

Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 15, 2011

 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

The River Flows Fast

Here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold onto the shore.
They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river
and keep our heads above water.

— a Hopi saying that captures the importance of flowing with life’s changes rather than resisting them.
via my good friend Mark