It looks like tonight has several retrospective posts. The first was a blogging retrospective. This one will be a running retrospective. If I don’t get to the rest, it is because I am worn out from our missions trip and those I will write tomorrow.
My total mileage this year was 1,217. This is about 300 miles less than last year. I spent part of the summer injured and did not prepare for a full marathon this fall, That probably made up some of the difference. In addition, I didn’t do as much walking this year. This is the fewest miles I have run since 2011. This year was a year of struggles and yet, I refuse to give up. I continue to press on. I was able to run the Park-to-Park 1/2 Marathon this year once again. I ran it slower than last year, but I was able to set a personal record in the 5K this year, finishing in 22:37. That put me at a pace of 7:15 or so per mile. It was a fast pace, but it was a great morning for it. I’m really hoping to do some more competitive running, because that helps me keep focused on a goal.
So far I have my eyes on:
- The Macon Mud Run
- The Park-to-Park 1/2 Marathon
- Comfort Care Stride
at the very least, with maybe some more thrown in.
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Georgia On My Mind
Tonight I write from our hotel room in Macon, GA. We were up early on Friday morning and 10 of us from Parkway church came here to Hephzibah Ministries. This ministry is an outreach of The Wesleyan Church. We are here on a missions trip. It has been a great time so far. Yesterday, we were able to spend some time with the residents. We went bowling and hosted a pizza party for them. As part of our volunteering we did some clean-up work in the kitchen. It was a great day yesterday. We also had a great trip down here. We have found a Krispy Kreme and it was Hot Now so that was awesome.
As part of this trip our plan was to go to Atlanta and go to 12 Stone Church, our largest Wesleyan congregation. That was an experience that I was glad we were able to do. I met several of my Facebook friends and also ran into the District Superintendent of South Coastal District. He was my pastor when I received the call to the ministry. The even better thing was that his son Jason preached this morning. That was pretty cool.
Like I said the plan was to go to Atlanta this afternoon, but the Falcons were playing their final home game with a chance to go to the playoffs. Several of our friends who live here advised not going downtown when there was a football game going on.
So we did some alternative things, especially considering it was raining. We just got back to Macon and I had to make a detour to the local Walmart, which is just across the street.
I have one run in so far and am hoping to get in another one tomorrow morning before we get started at 7:30. At the moment, I have the room to myself and the quiet is beautiful. Well, that is about all I have for this evening. Carp Deim – Seize the Day!
Call to Worship
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Joy to the World
Worship Through God’s Word
Closing – Good Christian Men Rejoice
First Sunday of Christmas
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Sunday after Christmas Day (December 28, 2014)
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3 Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4 Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6 He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,
wind and weather that obey him,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
old men and children.
13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.
Tomorrow morning our family and three other families from our church will be meeting together at 7AM and heading off to Macon, GA. We will be going on a one week missions trip to Hephzibah Ministries. This is an organization that is part of the Wesleyan Church. We are looking forward to a great week. In case you are wondering, the regularly scheduled posts are already scheduled, so I don’t have to worry about those, but I will be sharing some insights from our trip and I also hope to share pictures, at least of our team in action. I would ask for your prayers as we leave and are on the highway tomorrow. Blessings…Dale
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made
your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and
for ever. Amen.
Four weeks ago, we started our preparations for the arrival of Jesus. Today, we celebrate the Incarnation – that Jesus (the Word) became flesh and dwelt among us.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas – Dale and Pam
Nativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 24, 2014)
- First reading
- Second reading
Sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
his holy arm has shown his saving power!
2 The Lord has announced his victory
and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song,
6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
9 before the Lord,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with fairness.