Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsEarlier this evening I was thinking that just a week ago we were settling into our temporary digs in Brockville, ON.  This was after seeing the family and leading worship at Rebecca’s mother-in-law’s church in Inkerman.  As I have already mentioned, it was an amazing week. We got back Friday night just in time to go to sleep.  We’ve been running ever since and that looks like the size of things for the next couple of weeks.  Our Vacation Bible School starts next week, with District Conference to follow and then another VBS for a sister church across the valley and then we get to see the kids again before I head off to Family Camp as their tech director.

This week we get to baby sit a swimming pool, which is kind of cool because we can go swimming whenever we want.  I had to cut the grass yesterday and all of this while trying to re-establish a healthy eating and running routine.  I am hoping to get a run in first thing in the morning and then I have to go take our van for inspection.  It’s a short week with the holiday coming so I will be putting my nose to the grindstone in the morning.  I tried to get all the little stuff done this afternoon in preparation.

That’s about all folks!  Pressing On!


Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainJune 30, 2013

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Opening Song

Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 16:7-8

 Songs of Worship
Everlasting God
Blessed Be Your Name
Glorious Day
Worship Through Prayer
Hymn of Worship
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King
Worship Through Giving
Worship Through God’s Word
Song of Commitment
Change My Heart O God


An Amazing Journey

FLAME 2011 LogoThis past week was an amazing week.  I had the privilege of leading worship at FLAME.  It was an amazing time.  God met with us in a special way.  The first morning we sang with flute, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar.  I don’t think I ever had that combo at a FLAME before.  The next day we added a bass guitar. We also had several singers and even had keyboards and a djimbe on one occasion.  Like I said it was an amazing week and yet…it was a bittersweet week.  I have been part of the FLAME movement for 14 years – led worship at 18 different events and have been to many more FLAME events as a visitor, staff and student.

I am eternally grateful to Wayne Richards.  It’s been an amazing ride.  Thank you for your friendship – your iron-sharpens-iron questions – your beautiful family – your words of wisdom.  You have been a great encouragement – especially in difficult times.  I know that you have shared some of your difficulties with me.  God has worked in both of our lives during this time.  Thank you!

There are others that are part of the FLAME movement: Our cooks, David and MaryLou, you mean more to me than I can put into words.  Thank you for your caring, loving way that you minister to all of us.  Thank you for all the great food.  Larry and Sandra; you are amazing.  Thank you for being part of the team. Earl and Kitty, thank you for all your encouragement and prayers through the years.  We have had some great times together, including Pike’s Peak (I don’t think any of us will forget that ride) and Betsy Bell Park 🙂 .

Thank you to all of you and thank you to all my fellow students and alumni for the first 100 FLAMEs.  Remember to keep pressing on – even when all looks dark – when you don’t think there’s a way out – even when times are good – keep persevering – keep pressing on!

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I Cry Out to God

Proper 8 (13) (June 30, 2013)hands-held-high

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62

1 I cry out to God; yes, I shout.
Oh, that God would listen to me!
2 When I was in deep trouble,
I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
but my soul was not comforted.

11 But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
12 They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.

13 O God, your ways are holy.
Is there any god as mighty as you?
14 You are the God of great wonders!
You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.
15 By your strong arm, you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude

16 When the Red Sea saw you, O God,
its waters looked and trembled!
The sea quaked to its very depths.
17 The clouds poured down rain;
the thunder rumbled in the sky.
Your arrows of lightning flashed.
18 Your thunder roared from the whirlwind;
the lightning lit up the world!
The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your road led through the sea,
your pathway through the mighty waters—
a pathway no one knew was there!
20 You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep,
with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.

Garden of Hope and Faith Walk


This week we are at Centennial Road Church in the lovely city of Brockville, ON to attend FLAME.  As a bonus, we also get to see our family who lives here.  On the propert of Centennial Road Church sits a wonderful project called the Garden of Hope and Faith Walk.  It is a wonderful place to pray.  There are about 14 different sculptures and can guide your prayers.  If you are ever in the 1000 Island Region of Canada.  I encourage you to stop by this garden that is open to the public.  For more info, click on this link – Garden of Hope and Faith Walk

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