The Call to Worship: Tune Our Hearts

Why do we have a Call to Worship on Sunday mornings?  This article from “The Gospel Coalition” explains:

I can almost hear the bells of our church steeple still ringing in my ear.Church

Every Sunday morning as a child church bells would echo through our town. From our steeple tower, a proclamation would sound to all who could hear that God was summoning his people to worship.

The walk from the back door of the parsonage to the church sanctuary took less than a minute at a ten-year-old stride. As the pastor, my dad would wake up early, marching that same path in the dark. He would prepare his heart for worship with prayer and meditation over his text. I would mostly rely on the bells.

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Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Tonight, I am sitting on the loveseat – waiting for a text from Anna.  My feet are up and I have ice on my foot.  It seems Friday and Saturday made a mess of my foot.  I don’t think the race caused it but, it sure made it worse.  Looks like spring has really made it to the Valley and I will be needing to cut the grass, hopefully tomorrow if my foot feels better.

We had a wonderful weekend – running the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon and attending our Men’s Challenge Weekend in beautiful Highland County.  It was great to get away from technology for a few hours – there is no wi-fi or wireless there.  We had a great host in YDI, Inc.  This morning we even had a little bluegrass inspired worship service.  That was fun.

This afternoon, we had a good little choir practice and then we had a good time with our youth.  I’m a little tired right now and am looking forward to getting off the computer, so that’ about all I have tonight.

Pressing On!

Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainWelcome and Announcements
 
Call to Worship – 1 Peter 1:3-4
Songs of Worship

Victory In Jesus
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
Jesus Saves (Hear the heart of mercy beating)

Prayer

Song of Worship
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Worship Through Giving

Worship Through God’s Word
 
Closing Song – My Savior’s First of All
Benediction

Second Sunday of Easter

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Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Park to Park 1/2 Marathon – 2014 Edition

Park to Park Logo (2011)Today was the annual running of the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon.  This is a great little local race that I enjoy running.  It was a beautiful morning – for the third year in a row for me.  It was a bit nippy at 38 degrees, but I decided to go without long sleeves or gloves.  I’m glad I made that decision.  I was plenty warm by the end. The beginning of the race was started on a sunny, crisp morning, with no wind.  That all changed by mile 8 – from that point on, we had quite a bit of headwind.

Considering that I didn’t get the training I wanted, I had a respectable finish, although I didn’t PR (Personal Record)  I finished in 1:51:33.  Below are my splits for the race

7:59 7:59
8:16 16:16
8:03 24:20
8:19 32:40
8:42 41:22
8:08 49:30
8:12 57:42
8:50 1:06:33
9:03 1:15:37
8:41 1:24:18
9:08 1:33:27
8:37 1:42:05
8:42 1:50:47
:45 1:51:33

I think if I wouldn’t have had the headwind, I might have been closer to my PR of last year, but like I said, the training wasn’t what I wanted.

Edit:  Here is the line score from this year’s race:

PLACE  NAME  BIB NOCHIP TIMEGUN TIMETOTAL PACE            GROUP PLACEGROUP FINISHERS

126      Dale Argot      3039      1:51:32    1:51:42        8:31/M  Men 50 to 54           12            28

One of the things that I love about this race is running through the Shenandoah Valley countryside.  This year was no different, although I think a few cows thought we were crazy.  Over all this was a great race – well organized – lots of race support for runners and a fun post-race atmosphere.

Hopefully I can get over my foot problem – not caused by the race – but made worse by the race.  I’m hoping I can get up on Monday morning and run – even if only for a few miles to prepare for the Comfort Care Stride 5K coming up the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  I am really hoping to PR that race.

Pressing On!

Saturday of Easter Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he
has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter

5894100d1bd97ab7c7b8895e1bd2dd22Second Sunday of Easter (April 27, 2014)

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
    are my true heroes!
    I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
    or even speak the names of their gods.

Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
    My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.