9 Things You Should Know About Anglicanism

Via The Gospel Coalition

Last week the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) held their annual provincial assembly. The ACNA is part of a growing reform movement that feels orthodox Anglicanshave been “squeezed out of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada by successive changes to historic Christian teaching and Anglican practice.” To gain a better understanding of this tradition, here are nine things you should know about Anglicanism and the Anglican Communion.

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Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Yes, it is Monday morning, but our wi-fi troubles continue.  Dale went up to the church this morning to try to get a handle on it.  It was a good weekend and we spent most of the weekend (both mornings and evenings, but not afternoons) with the Melendez’s from El Salvador.  We had pupusias on Saturday at the Staunton Farmer’s Market and then Saturday evening we had a missions picnic, which was great fun.  Yesterday during our worship service Rene and Zoila shared about their ministry in El Salvador and then last night we had our quarterly 5th Sunday Sing.  What a great evening of worship!

We are looking forward this week to seeing the family, Dale’s parents and our kids from up north.  We will be celebrating Independence Day together.  This coming Sunday, Dale and I are team preaching.  This is only the second time that we have done this, but we are looking forward to preaching on the topic of worship.

Dale will be finishing his running streak this week. All in all it looks like a good week to come.

Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List Main

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Third Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Call To Worship and Invocation – Psalm 136

Songs of Worship

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Worship Through Prayer

Missions Presentation

Worship Through Giving

The Love Of God

Worship Through God’s Word
Song of Committment

Lead Me to The Cross


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.

Running Streak – Week 5

TunnelThe Light At The End of the Tunnel

Tomorrow marks Day 35 or the end of week 5 of my summer running streak.  It is hard to believe that I have run at least one mile every day for 34 days.  That leaves just 6 days until the end of the streak and I am really looking forward to it.  Over the last few weeks there were several time when I really wanted to quit.  My body felt completely worn out several times, but I persisted, knowing that at the end I will have completed a new goal.

Today’s run was originally scheduled for 10 miles, but it was almost 70 degrees at run time with at least that much humidity, making for a tough, tough run.  I completed 7.79 at an 8:48 mile pace, which all things considered wasn’t bad at all.  The rest of the scheduled runs for the running streak looks like this:

  • Sunday – 1 mile
  • Monday – 6 miles
  • Tuesday – 6 miles
  • Wednesday – 1 mile
  • Thursday – 6 miles
  • Friday – at least one mile
  • Saturday – (Streaks over) Maybe a couple of miles

This really has been a lesson in pressing on!

How Long?

Eternal_clock-credit-Robbert-van-der-SteegProper 8 (13) (June 29, 2014)

Psalm 13

New Living Translation (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
    How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
    with sorrow in my heart every day?
    How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
    Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
    Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

But I trust in your unfailing love.
    I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
    because he is good to me.

A Blogging Sabbath

From Dale:

I have been blogging now for over 7 years and at the moment I need to take a break.  One of the great things is that Pam has graciously accepted my invitation to take over blogging for the month of July.  While I will put up occasional posts, most of the posting will be from Pam while I take a blogging vacation.


Painful Worship: How to Worship When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Via David Santistevan

Over the last 10-15 years there has been a beautiful resurgence of worship songs about pain and suffering.

Songs like You Never Let Go, Whom Shall I Fear, and The Desert Song have provided weary saints with declarations of faith in the midst of their pain. This is wonderful. Our worship expression needs to touch on all the areas of human experience – joy, celebration, lament, suffering, confusion, hope, and loss.

Worship isn’t a place to forget your circumstances. It’s a place to bring them. It’s a place where they find their God-ordained context.

But until your life has been touched by fire, you don’t know what it’s like to actually worship in the midst of it.

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I Shall Come Forth As Gold

golden sunset“Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. We expect things to go one way but they go another. So where is God when bad things happen to good people? God specializes in putting us in situations where only He can deliver us. That way, we can’t “thank our lucky stars” or compliment ourselves on our own cleverness or resourcefulness. Rather, we must say, “Only God could have done this.” The Lord wants to receive the glory for what He does. And He clearly says in Scripture that He will not give His glory to another. (Isaiah 42:8) Job was a man who knew something about suffering, whose very name, in fact, is synonymous with the word. Here was a man who lost his children, his home, and everything he owned, including his health. Job had a lot of questions, the same questions that many of us have. He said, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him that I might come into His court! I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.” (Job 23:3-5) Job honestly admitted what he was struggling with. Then he added what would become a classic statement of faith: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Job was saying, “I don’t know what’s is going on. I don’t know why God has allowed these things to happen. But I know this: when I am tested, I will come forth as gold.” That was God’s objective for Job. And it’s His objective for you, too.”

Greg Laurie