Grounded

This picture pretty much describes me at the moment.  At least that’s the way I felt last night and still do this morning.  I went to the doctor yesterday.  He was very pleased at my weight loss since the last time I was there.  I went to see him because of a non-running related injury and in the process found out that I need to lay-off working out until  I get it taken care of.  Needless to say I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be able to get out and run for a few weeks.  It seems I have worked so hard to get where I have gotten.  But the good news is that I will be back at it in a few weeks and that my fitness level (even after a few week lay-off) when I resume will be better than it was 2-1/2 years ago. I don’t think I have to worry about running 14 and 15 minute miles.  I will want to take it easy at the beginning though, which means slow, short, easy runs.  The other good news is that it’s only temporary – I will just have to watch my calorie intake over the next few weeks, until I can resume running.  So yes, today I feel like the little boy who can’t go out and play ball.  Pressing on – even while sitting 🙂

An Ongoing Process

“Daily confession and cleansing are the essence of walking in the Spirit! Do not be afraid of what God might show you. Do not be afraid God will ask you to do things you cannot do. He will give you the grace to make all the changes He requires. Above all, do not feel overwhelmed or discouraged no matter how much you have failed in the past. Spiritual formation is an ongoing process and God’s loving grace will cover you throughout the whole journey.”

Dr Gregory R. Frizzell

Sunday Night Thoughts

Post #3,147

Happy Blogging Anniversary

Today marks six years of blogging.  Has it really been that long?  I remember I started this blog in May of 2006 following the Homecoming events at Preston Wesleyan Church.  It was a short post called Sunday Night Thoughts. I started it after some encouragement from a Wesleyan pastor friend of mine who was teaching at FLAME in Stroudsburg.  Later that week I posted some pictures from that FLAME – that is sure interesting ?!?!

Over the last six years, I have covered quite a bit of ground.  The focus of the blog has changed over the last six years.  Earlier posts, concentrated on solo pastoring a small, rural church, while lately the posts are about worship at a medium sized church that is still rural and there is also quite a bit about running.

I love the forum that this humble little blog has allowed me over the past 6 years.  So what was the weather like today?  We have had some cool mornings of late and are recovering from the rain of last weekend.  The grass grew like crazy.  Today got quite warm.  It has been very seasonable.

On the running front, things are going well.  I had several quality runs this week – capped off by an 8.5 mile run at just over a 9:00/mile pace.  I have a goal that I am closing in on and that is 9 – 9 minute miles.  Hopefully I will eclipse that in the next several weeks.

Today was a busy day, but it was really good.  It was good to have our full worship band back today.  We even had flute – as Anna is back for the summer.  I always enjoy listening to our congregation sing and today was no exception.  I even played my bass on two songs this morning.  That was special.  There was a sweet Spirit in the service today as we explored the theme of Jesus’ ascension and his return for his church.

This evening we had our Global Ministry Team meeting.  This is a wonderful group of like-minded individuals who have a heart for global ministry.  I am excited about the plans that we have.  One of the things that I have to work on is working on a Skype feed.  Next month we are going to Skype on of our missions partners and I want to get the feed to the projector.

That’s about all I have for the night.  It has been a good day and I am looking forward to what God has in store for this week.  Seize the Day!

Sunday Set List

Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 20, 2012

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Acts 1:3-11

Songs of Worship

Days of Elijah

Soon and Very Soon

In Christ Alone

Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

What A Day That Will Be

Worship Through Giving

Song of Worship

All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises

Worship Through God’s Word

Building A Love That Lasts

Building On A Strong Foundation

Ephesians 5:22-33

Song of Commitment

The Family Prayer Song

Benediction

Selecting a Successor

Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 20, 2012

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

15 During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. 16 “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. 17 Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”

21 “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— 22 from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen 25 as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.

Today we have an account of how the disciples replaced Judas.  They felt that they needed to replace him, since he killed himself following Jesus’ crucifixion.  It’s here that we learn that there were more than just the twelve who followed Jesus and that there were more than the twelve who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection.  It could have been that he was even there at the ascension of Jesus.  As I read this, I mentioned to Pam and we came to the revelation that there were at least a few if not many unnamed disciples.

It probably never occurred to Barsabbas or Matthias that they would ever be selected as a replacement for one of the twelve.  But in order to be selected, they had to be a follower of Jesus – to obey his teachings – they had to be part of the day to day crowd that followed Jesus.  This speaks volumes to me today.  So many times we get discouraged when we think we aren’t getting any recognition.  So many are constantly looking for the next step – climbing the “church” or “corporate” ladder.  Perhaps Jesus is just calling us to be faithful – to be the unnamed disciples – those who do the work in the background – without any recognition.  There is coming a day when all of Christ’s disciples will be rewarded, but for now he calls us to be faithful to the task whether we are recognized or not.

Stronger

This morning as I was running, I began to think of the lyrics to this song.  “Why?” you ask.  I wasn’t out on the run very long, when I realized I was running fast and yet not huffing and puffing – yes, breathing hard, but it seems like the hard work over the winter and this spring is really paying off.  The early part of this run has a short hill, but that didn’t seem like much and at about 1.5 miles there is another hill that used to really bother me.  It seemed like at each hill my body rose to the challenge.  I was well into the run, at a part of the route that before has been difficult and I climbed up the hill with relative ease.  For those who are familiar with Staunton, it is the hill on Grupert from Beverly to the school.  When you’re tired, it can really take it out of you.  I finished 7.13 miles today in less than 63 minutes, so that gave me a sub 9:00/mile pace.  To think that a year ago, I was struggling with an 11:00/mile pace.  And today’s pace seemed easy.  If I can continue this training a sub-2 hour 1/2 marathon is in my future.

It’s really amazing how the body responds.  Not only does this song relate to my running, but it relates to all of us as we go through our life.  God will help us get through this and with each trial (if we let God work in our lives) we will get stronger.  I love the line “Believe me this is going to make you stronger!”

Pressing On!

Just Checking

Over the past week or two, I have lost the ability to cross post to Facebook.  This means that I have had to manually share each post which has been a bit time consuming.  This is a test post, to see if I have fixed the problem.  Just in case it happens again.  I’m documenting what I did.

I removed permissions from Facebook

Disconnected the sharing option in WordPress

Reconnected the sharing option and authorized Facebook to work with the WordPress app.

Here’s hoping this works.