Sunday Set List

June 24, 2012

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements


Songs of Worship

Blessed Be Your Name

Mighty to Save

My Savior’s Love

Worship Through Prayer

Song of Worship

Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

Mission’s Moment

Worship Through Giving

Special Music

Worship Through God’s Word

Lighten Up: Laying Down Your Heavy Burdens

The Burden of Self-Reliance

Psalm 23

Song of Commitment

Learning to Lean


Prayer for the Week

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

On The Mend

Today is the third day since my hernia surgery.  The cool thing is yesterday, I was finally able to take a shower, so that felt so much better.  I really do miss getting out there, but realize that I need to heal completely before getting back out there.  By yesterday evening, I was starting to climb the walls.  I’m hoping to get out of the house today.  Yesterday I mentioned to Pam that I still don’t feel as good post-op as I did pre-op.  Today may be that change over day and that’s when it’s going to get hard, especially when I start feeling better and the pain starts disappearing.  My follow-up with the surgeon is scheduled for July 5, which seems like an eternity away, but I’ve told myself, no running until then.  As I feel better, I do plan on going out for walks (very easy walks) – I’ve done some easy walking, because that makes the gas feel better and was recommended by the nurse when she called yesterday.

Everything looks like it is going according to plan and according to schedule.  At this point, it is just a matter of waiting and a matter of time and a matter of healing – Pressing On!

Only A Boy Named David

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 24, 2012

1 Samuel 17:32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

David facing down Goliath

32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

This is a pretty amazing story.  Last week during Vacation Bible School, we sang the Go Fish Guys song “Stories,” which includes several Sunday School songs including Only A Boy Named David.  It’s amazing to me that the whole Hebrew army is discouraged by the prospects of this fight – but little David sees that Goliath is defying God.  There are two particular exchanges I like in this passage.

  • First Saul tries to persuade David not to go into the fight, to which David replies, 34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
  • Second, Saul, seeing that David is determined to go anyway offers David his armor – which is way to big and would just get in the way.  “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.
Then David picked up the five stones and proceeded to Goliath.  The lesson I see here is that David trusted in the power of God.  God had given him the ability to fight off the animals – without bulky armor.  David knew that if God could protect him while he was protecting sheep, certainly God could protect him while taking on the Philistine Goliath.
David is sick and tired of what is happening – this man cursing God and the Hebrews – defying God and the Hebrews.  I love what David says next to Goliath, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”  In just a matter of moments, the battle is over.  David knew that God was on his side — that the enemy was against what Israel was for. Goliath was a big obstacle, but God was an even bigger God.  When you are up against what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle – remember how big your God is.

What Your Shoes Tell Others About You

I have written a couple of posts about the different kinds of personalities. I enjoy studying the different personalities. I also like watching people to figure out their personalities. Dale was reading a couple of blogs he likes to read and he came across this post about how to find out peoples personalities by what shoes they wear. I wonder what people think of my personality by the shoes I wear.

According to some research, we can discern a person’s attributes/characteristics by looking at their shoes!

From Medical Daily:

Do your shoes reveal your personality’s characteristics? What do my Birk clogs tell the world about me?

You can accurately judge a person just by looking at their shoes, psychologists say.

Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger’s age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person’s shoes.

Lead researcher Omri Gillath found that by examining the style, cost, color of condition of the shoe, participants were able to guess about 90 percent of the of the owner’s personal characteristics.

The study, published online in the August 2012 edition of the Journal of Research in Personality, consisted of 63 students who looked at photographs showing 208 different pairs of shoes that belonged to volunteers in the experiment.

Researchers had asked each of the volunteers to fill out a personality questionnaire and to provide their most frequently worn shoes for the experiment. 

The 63 observers were then asked to look at each pair and guess the gender, age, social status and different personality traits of the owner, like whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the degree of their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.

Researchers found that observers did well in guessing characteristics of the volunteers in almost all categories, and concluded that people do wear shoes that reveal their personality, whether they intend to or not.

Expensive shoes belonged to high earners, flashy and colorful footwear belonged to extroverts and shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types.

While some of the clues like the ones already described were obvious, other clues were more surprising.

Practical and functional shoes generally belong to agreeable people, ankle boots fit with more aggressive personalities and uncomfortable looking shoes were worn by calm personalities.

Participants were able to most accurately judge a person’s age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness.

In psychology, emotional stability is an umbrella term that includes a person’s fear of abandonment, rejection issues and the ability to handle different kinds of relationships.

People with “attachment anxiety” or people that were most worried about their relationships generally had brand new and well-kept shoes. Researchers suggest that this may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.

Not surprisingly, liberal thinkers, who many think of as flip-flop wearing hippies, wear shabbier and less expensive shoes.

“Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers,” the authors wrote. “Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.”

However, researchers noted that participants were not able to accurately judge that volunteers who wore the most boring looking shoes found it hard to form relationships.

Volunteers who had boring shoes described themselves as ‘aloof and repressive’ in their emotions and do not care what others think of them so they do not stand out in their general appearance.

“Shoes have great variety of styles, brands, looks, and functions. Because of this variety, shoes can carry individual difference information, but do they? We suggest that the answer is yes,” they concluded.

However, psychologists noted that rarely some people will purposely choose shoes just to convey a certain public image that is different from their real personality.

Worship Defined

Worship is a love relationship between God and humankind.  God is continuously and eternally pouring out of Himself to man and calling every individual to respond wholeheartedly and intentionally in praise and thanksgiving by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Time Has Come

In just under 11 hours I be at the hospital getting ready for surgery.  It is an outpatient procedure and the registration nurse said that the total procedure should last about 5 hours.  That means by about 1, I’ll be heading home.  Then I will begin the recovery period.  One of my co-workers at Chick-Fil-A gave me this verse the other day.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Earlier this week, I mentioned on Facebook that I was anxious about this surgery.  The dictionary defines anxious as – Experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. That would describe how I feel about tomorrow.  Over the years I have had various surgical procedures, but it’s been quite a while since I have been put completely under – probably when I had my wisdom teeth pulled back before Pam and I were married.

Probably I feel anxious because I don’t know how I’ll feel after the surgery. The other thing is that I don’t want to overdo anything in the first week.  If you know me, it’s hard to take it easy and that is exactly what I need to do to heal properly so that I can get back to doing the things that I really love – like running.  Our pastor prayed for me this morning and it was funny because he mentioned running in the prayer.  Three years ago that thought would have been completely foreign to me.  It should be an interesting nights sleep tonight.  I would appreciate your prayers.  I’ll keep you updated…Pressing On!

Accepting the Boundaries

‎”Do not miss the joy of God’s Presence by carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously. Relax and know that God is with you. When you desire His will above all else, life becomes much less threatening. Stop trying to monitor God’s responsibilities–things that are beyond your control. Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain.”

Adapted from Sarah Young

Sunday Night Thoughts

Post #3187

Happy Father’s Day

It has been a great day and a great week.  While the weather was a bit summer-like at the beginning of the week, by the end of the week, it was beautiful – cool temps and low humidity.  We’ve also had some rain, so that has been good.  Our grass looks very green.  Which is the first time since we moved to the parsonage in Staunton, that we have had grass that looks so good.  It’s actually been difficult to keep up with cutting it.

What am I looking forward to this week?  I answered this question on the Wesleyan Facebook page.  I answered, while I am not looking forward to surgery, as far as going under the knife, I am looking forward to getting repaired and getting back to training.  There will be a short recovery period (about a week) and then I should be able to get back to training.

I’m hoping to run the Sweet Dreams 5K on the last Saturday in July and then a 10K in the fall and then hopefully a 1/2 marathon just before thanksgiving.  But I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself at the moment.  First, I need to get through the surgery and the recovery period.

We had a great week at Vacation Bible School, even though I overdid it a bit.  I am looking forward to stepping back a bit and the church calendar slowed down this week as well.  It was great to relax yesterday and take it easy.  Except for this morning, I took it easy today as well.  I am really looking forward to not having to take it as easy.

We had a wonderful Spirit-filled service this morning.  During the pre-service we ran a short highlight slideshow of Vacation Bible School and then video titled “A Farmer and His Wife,” by The Chigger Hill Boys and Terri.  The worship team did a wonderful job in leading our musical worship.  During the service we also dedicated a cute baby boy.  I think one of the highlights was a rendition of “Amazing Grace” by our Men’s Quartet.  Very nice job guys!  Our pastor preached a great message.  It was great.

This afternoon, the kids gave me my Father’s Day present, which is a dayglow yellow technical running t-shirt.  I love it.  It will be great once I get back to running.  We celebrated by going out to Five Guys Burger and Fries.  None of us went away hungry.

Anyway, I think that’s about all I have for tonight.  I would appreciate your prayers as I go for surgery this week.  Seize the Day!