Sunday Night Thoughts

Post #3,117

Is it 10 o’clock already?  I know that I’ve described this on the “about” page as writing it in the waning hours of Sunday evening, but we are getting close to it being Monday morning.

This has really been an amazing weekend.  It’s been an emotional weekend for the both of us – not necessarily in a bad way, but emotional.  Since I normally start out with a weather update, here it is.  It’s been cool and rainy over the past week, especially the last couple days, so it’s been hard to get out and cut the grass, which now really needs it.  I know what tomorrow’s job (or maybe Tuesday night’s job will be.)  Looks like we have a 30 to 40% chance of rain the next couple of days with temps all over the place.

This past week, our lead pastor was on vacation, so in addition to the regular things, I had a few extra things on my plate – working on a sermon for today and checking in on those in the hospital.  By the way I have several prayer requests regarding friends who have some physical needs and I know they would appreciate your prayers.

In addition to all that I was preparing for my very first 1/2 marathon and that went very well.  I was pleased.  Just scroll down to see how all that went.  Tomorrow I get back to training.

Today was just one of those days, where (at least for me) the distractions during worship were minimized.  This morning’s service was wonderful – in fact, the whole day was a wonderfully, Spirit-fill, Spirit-inspired day.  The praise team did a great job.  It was good to have Pam as part of the praise team – Yes, write this down – Pam sang on the praise team – In fact, this is the second week in a row that Pam sang on praise team.  In both cases, she was a last minute, Wednesday night addition.  She did great.  I had some trouble at the offering remember what song I was supposed to play for the special “No One Ever Cares for Me Like Jesus.” But once we got passed the flubbed intro, everything went smoothly.  I had a chance to preach this morning and I shared the idea that we need to press on in our spiritual life.  I’ll put my notes up in the morning when I get back to church.  Like I said the Spirit took over and many hearts were touched.

After church we had a Vacation Bible School Meeting, lunch, and then choir practice.  The choir is sounding great and I can’t wait to hear them sing next Sunday as we present the worship musical “Near the Cross.”

This evening, we came back and hosted a 5th Sunday Sing.  We and our sister church in Waynesboro came over and we enjoyed praising God through music.  Our choir sang and their choir sang and did a great job.  We pulled out the hymnals and played stump the pastor.  In order to avoid people picking songs just to stump the worship pastor, we said that if they picked a song that I or the keyboardist didn’t know, they had to lead it.  We did sing several great songs that I haven’t sung in a while – Wonderful Grace of Jesus and Living by Faith.  A wonderful spirit presided in this service as well and we are already making plans for a 5th Sunday Sing on July 29th.

That’s about all I have – I have enjoyed typing in the quiet this evening – it’s been so busy over the last couple days, the quiet is nice and is wonderful care for my soul.  Until next week – Pressing On!

Sunday Set List – PM Version

Tonight we hosted a 5th Sunday Sing at our church.  We and another church got together for the purpose of singing God’s praises.  It was a wonderful night and to the best of my recollection – here are the songs we sang.

Call to Worship (Choir) Lift Up Your Heads

Songs of Worship

Victory In Jesus

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Choir – The Cross (Medley – At the Cross, There Is a Fountain, The Wonderful Cross)


Favorite Hymns (From the hymnal) (I know I’m missing one or two)

Stepping In the Light

Living By Faith

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

O How I Love Jesus

Blessed Assurance

Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

Waynesboro Wesleyan Choir

Step Into the Water

Yes, I Know

Parkway Choir – There Is A Redeemer

Song of Worship

When We All Get To Heaven


Sunday Set List

Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2012

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Songs of Worship

Happy Day

Come People of the Risen King

To Him Who Sits on the Throne

Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


Worship Through Giving

Special Music

Worship Through God’s Word

Pressing On

Song of Commitment

Be Thou My Vision


Park to Park 1/2 Marathon

After many months of preparation the day has finally arrived.  It was amazing how fast it all unfolded.  Before I knew it, I’m sitting on the couch, typing about the race.  Let me just say that it was amazing.  The organizers did a great job – very well run – very organized.  In fact, by the time I got home, I had an email that told me all about my performance.  Very cool!  So how did I do?

Congratulations on finishing the City of Waynesboro Park to Park Half Marathon on April 28, 2012. The weather on race morning was partly cloudy and cool, 43 degrees with light and variable winds.

There were 61 finishers in the Men 40 to 49 age group and 443 finishers in the race.

Your overall finish place was 196 and your age group finish place was 40. Your overall finish percentile was 44 while your age group percentile was 66. Your time of 2:01:02.0 gave you a 9:14 pace per mile.

I was very happy with the way things turned out today.  There were several goals I had for this race.

  1. Finish the race.
  2. Finish in less than 2:10
  3. Finish at less than a 9:30/mile pace
  4. Finish the race in sub 2 hours.

So I completed 3 out of 4 goals.  The 4th goal was an ultimate-if everything in the world goes right-kind of goal.  James and Pam took some pictures and those are listed below.

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The following splits are for my own tracking (or if your interested in how my timing broke down):

Mile 1 – 9:33.43

Mile 2 – 9:22.45

Mile 3 – 8:56.78

Mile 4 – 9:18.74

Mile 5 – 9:23.81

Mile 6 – 8:51.31

Mile 7 – 8:36.24

Mile 8 – 9:20.42

Mile 9 – 9:30.93

Mile 10 – 9:09.78

Mile 11 – 9:21.11

Mile 12 – 9:11.20

Mile 13 – 9:36.98

Finish – 0:50.74

By What Power, Or What Name?

Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 29, 2012)

Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Acts 4:5-12

New Living Translation (NLT)

The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem.Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.’

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

What a great passage to come across on a Friday afternoon.  The passage above comes right after Peter had healed the crippled man beside the Gate called Beautiful in front of the temple.  This must have caused quite a ruckus because the Jewish leaders decide to question Peter and John.  Again we have the story of Peter preaching with boldness.  This is a very simple Gospel message.  Why is it that we have to complicate it so?  The Jewish leaders demanded to know what power they had healed the man and Peter gives them a simple answer and also in the process preaches this simple gospel message.  “We healed this man was healed in the power of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene – who was crucified and God raised him dead.  There is salvation in no one else.  There is not other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that Peter preached this message – this very simple message – and yet it was bold and powerful.  Lord give us the power through your Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel in a simple, direct, and yet bold manner.  It is only through the name of Jesus that we can be saved!  That is the name that we proclaim and preach.

What is the most unexpected thing a stranger said to me?

Over the last couple of months, Dale and I have used Plinky to use as prompts for writer’s block.  Just for fun, I thought I would fun to use this “What was the most unexpected thing a stranger said to me?”

While I was grocery shopping at the Martinsville Wal-Mart, a couple came up to me and the woman put her hand in my face. She asked me “Does this look ok? I bit a wart off my thumb this morning.” I was totally shocked but I never had someone ask me anything like that before. I just said, “Yes, it looks good,” just to get her away from me.

The other unexpected thing came the week before Mother’s Day the year my mom died.  It seemed like people were obsessed with Mother’s Day that year and it was just way too much for me.  We were shopping in the mall and our final stop was to the Hallmark store to get a card for Dale’s mom.  I was probably in another world – zoned out.  One of the Army recruiters was waving wildly at me – I didn’t have a clue – so you know I was a little zoned out.  Dale pointed him out to me.  I looked and saw that he was trying to get my attention and then waved to him. He came over and asked “if I want to be his friend.” I said “Yes.” Just two very unexpected conversations that I have had.

Tuesday Quote

Satan is not necessarily opposed to all Christian work. He cares little how zealously we busy ourselves at good things so long as we do not work in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is often pleased if we work so hard and so long that we begin to fret and worry. He is happy if we undertake more work than we can saturate with prayer. He would not seriously oppose if every Christian were a tireless worker – so long as he worked only in his human energy and was not empowered and anointed by the Spirit of God.

-Wesley L. Duewel

True Worship

This past weekend I was reading “Filled Up, Poured Out” by Mark O Wilson.  He tells a story about a nine-year old boy who receives a full-grown St. Bernard for Christmas. Viewing his new present with wonder, he exclaimed “Wow! That’s great! But is he mine or am I his?”

Mark writes that this is a wonderful question for all Christians: Is the Lord mine or am I his? We sing the great gospel song “Blessed assurance Jesus is mine…” We tell God what He can do for us but when was the last time we have asked Him what we can do for Him.

As I have been reading “Filled Up, Poured Out,” I wonder how our view of worship would change.  What if we stopped thinking of God as a possession that we own? Do you think it would change your view? I believe that if ever believer would change their minds there would no long be worship wars in church. If we acted and believed that we are God’s possession, our focus would change. We would go from this is the way that I am comfortable worshiping God to wondering how God would like us to worship Him.

In John 4:24, Jesus was talking to the woman at the well about worship and reminded her and us 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.On Sunday mornings during our worship service for elementary students we have been studying what it means to worship God.  Two weeks agowe discovered that true worship happens in the heart. True worship is a heart attitude.  Think about the first four of the Ten Commandments – these commandments are about the worship of God.  This is reflected in Jesus’ words when he was asked what the greatest commandment was.  29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12) I explained to the children that if our hearts are not we are not worshiping.  Worship doesn’t happen just by singing or praying or preaching. These things only become worship when we have the right attitude.  The right attitude of worship is to worship with an attitude of respect, awe and love for God – that is when true worship happens.