Worship Is the Whole Enchilada

It seems obvious, but it’s a good reminder that worship is why we were created. It’s fitting, on this beautiful Monday morning, to start our week with this statement from the Westminster Shorter Catechism :

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Every human through time has had this in common—though many today don’t realize it yet, or have walked away from God, knowing this Truth full well.

All of Life

Worship isn’t limited to singing or the song set before the sermon. Rather as an act of continual prayer, worship is meant to fill each moment of every day (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Our bodies were intended to be temples of worship (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and, according to Scripture, every believer is a priest, whose duty is to bring sacrifices to God (1 Peter 2:9). We offer ourselves to God in worship—living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him (Romans 12:1-2).

– See more at: http://jamieharvill.blogspot.com/2013/09/worship-is-whole-enchilada.html#sthash.iVmd2kWB.dpuf

18 Miles

18-iaI normally don’t write about running on a Monday.  Usually the running updates are saved for the weekend.  However, this run was a milestone.  Today, for the first time ever, I ran 18 miles.  It took me 2:45 to run it.  Did I feel like quitting?  A couple of times, I thought I had enough, but I continued on – I continued to persevere – I pressed on toward the goal.  I think I would have really been disappointed with myself if I had quit before 18 miles.

You don’t run 18 miles by yourself.  I have a great teammate – a great supporter, who made sure that I had the proper fuel.  My wife Pam did a great job!  She is a big part of these training sessions.  Staunton is a hilly place and this run had more than its share of hills.  Every time I conquered a hill, there was a new one waiting for me.

I remember back to those early days – four years ago.  I remember thinking, “who would ever want to run 15 miles.”  This was back when we were living in Waynesboro, waiting for the parsonage to be completed.  It was 15 miles from the Waynesboro parsonage to Parkway.  I would think, why would anyone want to run that far?  It was unimaginable then – especially when at the time I was only running 4 miles, with an occasional excursion into 5 miles.

Today I not only ran 15 miles – I ran 18 with several more long runs planned before the Richmond Marathon.  Tomorrow, I will try to run 6 more miles in the morning to get up to 24 miles in two days.  This is beginning to look like an amazing journey.  I am looking forward to finishing this journey though.  The commitment to train and run a marathon is daunting at times.  I knew it would be and it really requires sticking to a plan.  It also requires perseverance – especially when you want to quit early.  But today wasn’t that day.  I continue to press on toward the goal.

It’s A Monday….

Greetings, fellow procrastinators. You’ve clearly stumbled across this comic because you’re avoiding something — unless you are perhaps a comics analyst. In that case, good job staying on track.

Procrastination is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone does it, but we each have a unique way of pushing off work to maximize time wasted.

In this comic, Angela Liao of 20px identifies the 12 types of procrastinators, including list-makers, nappers and snackers.


Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsSeems of late I’m getting really familiar with being up before the sun.  Of course, since yesterday was the first day of fall, the days are getting shorter and will continue to get shorter.  I’ve noticed over the last couple of days that the trees are just starting to change color.  I think we’ve had the kind of summer that is going to make for some great fall foliage.  It does seem strange not to have to cut the grass as often – I’m finally getting to the point where every two weeks is going to be good, especially since it has gotten dry over the past few weeks.

I was up this morning before the sun to get ready for our outdoor service under our pavilion. This was a great idea suggested by our board and we had a great service today.  The praise team did a great job.  It was nice because we are so used to the echo that it was different being able to hear everything without the echo of our sanctuary.  Several people noted how clear the sound was.  I really can’t wait until we can get the acoustical sound panels installed in our sanctuary. It will make such a difference in our sound.

Following worship, we had a great little picnic.  All the food was delicious.  Pam made some Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies (mmmmm!) is all I have to say about that.  I was hoping not to eat too much today, especially in light of tomorrow’s 18 miler, but I will probably need the energy anyway.

I do know that this afternoon I took a nap, because I was tired.  Well it is time to get to bed – 18 miles and two hours and 40 minutes awaits me in the morning.  Pressing On!


Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List Main18th Sunday after Pentecost

September 22, 2013

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship/Invocation

Songs of Worship

Happy Day

Glorious Day


Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

(Responsive Reading)

Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Children’s Sermon

Worship Through Giving

Children of God

Worship Through God’s Word

SoulShift: Slave to Child

Response to God’s Word

Step by Step


Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


“Running” for a Cause

Kate's KrewThis morning I was up just as twilight was breaking across the sky.  This was the second time this week that I ran in the dark.  Thursday I was up early so that I could get my run in before I went to work.  Today was different because the sky was overcast, so it was darker longer.  I was out this morning early, because Pastor Barry and I were heading up to Harrisonburg to be race support for the Kate’s Krew 5K Rainbow Color Run.

In many ways, this run was an extension of last week SoulShift teaching – Me to You.  One thing as a runner, you can end up supporting all kinds of causes – this is 5K season and you could – if you wanted – run a 5K almost every weekend this fall somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley.  Runners like to pay it forward.  Barry and I had both planned to run in this Kate’s Krew benefit, but the race registration closed before we had a chance to enter.

Kate’s Krew was started by a family in our church.  Last August their 19 month old daughter tragically died at the hands of a distracted driver.  Part of the purpose of this race is to raise awareness of distracted driving.  Let’s face it, all of us do it – adjusting the radio, adjusting the heat and/or A/C, checking on the kids, eating in the car, and talking on the phone or worse yet, texting on the phone.

Since Barry and I got shut out in running, we asked if there was anything that we could do.  They needed some course guides, so we helped guide the runners and walkers and cheer them on.  It was great fun – and very different.  This was the first time since that I have started running that I was on the sideline – cheering on the participants and it was good.  It was good to encourage the participants – it was good to encourage the family of this toddler.  I believe much good was done on the behalf of Kate’s Krew – the community response and support was AMAZING!

By the way, the 5K course that the color run was run was a tough little course. It would have been tough to PR this hilly little grass cross-country course.  In other news, my body is really building up getting ready for Richmond.  We are about 7 weeks out and I ran close to 40 miles this week. 16.5 on Monday, 6 on Tuesday, 7.15 on Thursday and Saturday.  Monday’s run will be in the 18 mile area.  It will easily be my longest run ever – both time wise and distance wise.  Hopefully I have the fueling issues solved and it will be a good run somewhere around a 9:00/mile pace.  Until next week, Pressing On!

How Long O Lord? – Psalm 79

how_longProper 20 (25) (September 22, 2013)

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

1 O God, pagan nations have conquered your land,
your special possession.
They have defiled your holy Temple
and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.
2 They have left the bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of heaven.
The flesh of your godly ones
has become food for the wild animals.
3 Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem;
no one is left to bury the dead.
4 We are mocked by our neighbors,
an object of scorn and derision to those around us.

5 O Lord, how long will you be angry with us? Forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you—
on kingdoms that do not call upon your name.
7 For they have devoured your people Israel,
making the land a desolate wilderness.
8 Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors!
Let your compassion quickly meet our needs,
for we are on the brink of despair.

9 Help us, O God of our salvation!
Help us for the glory of your name.
Save us and forgive our sins
for the honor of your name.

10 Reasons Kids Worship Is Better than Grown-up Worship

Here is a fun little post from childrenministrydeals.com

1. Shouting is expected in Kids Worship. (believe me, no one falls asleep in kids church)

 2. There are 0 hand rules for kids worship. No kid thinks: “Well, if I raise my hands above my head, I might distract someone else, so I better just keep them in my pockets.”

3. Big House, by Audio Adrenaline is ALWAYS the right song to sing.

4. Shoes are optional.

5. If you don’t bump into the person next to you at least once, you’re doing it wrong.

6. No kid thinks the last song is the que to leave early to beat traffic.

7. It’s ok to pick your nose a little, just don’t spend a whole song working on it.

8. If you’re swaying left, while everyone else goes right, no one notices.

9. Volume, not vocal quality is all that matters.