Liturgy of the Passion

1193302-bigthumbnailLiturgy of the Passion (March 29, 2015)

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
    Tears blur my eyes.
    My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
    my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
    I am wasting away from within.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
    and despised by my neighbors—
    even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
    they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
    as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
    and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
    plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
    saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
    Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
    In your unfailing love, rescue me.

Liturgy of the Palms

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-Download-PalmLiturgy of the Palms (March 29, 2015)

  • Psalm
    • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Gospel
    • Mark 11:1-11

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
    “His faithful love endures forever.”

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
    and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
    and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
    and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
    Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

What A Congregation Needs…

This week’s worship quote if from a much larger article called “What a Congregation Needs from Their Worship Leader.”

“Even when music doesn’t transport us to an emotional place that is transcendent, music can change our mood. We might be understandably reluctant, then, to let down our guard, to drop our emotional defenses, for just anyone. We will do so if the musicians and composer make us feel safe. We want to know that our vulnerability is not going to be exploited.”

“This is Your Brain On Music” by Daniel J. Levitin.

Prayer of Thomas Merton

Hat Tip to my good friend Mark Wilson:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow if death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
— Thomas Merton

Sunday Set List

Sunday Set List MainMarch 22, 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Psalm 51

Songs of Worship

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

Lord, Reign In Me


Worship Through Prayer

Song of Worship

Revive Us Again

Children’s Sermon

Worship through Giving

Because He Lives (Amen)

Worship through God’s Word

Song of Commitment

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Running Update | March 21

Finally, I can say that I have a week in running that I really like.  I don’t say that I’m back to where I want to be, but I am making progress.  That really reminds me of my life verse:

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

It seems like forever since I have had a 28 mile week and I know it’s been forever since I did a 10 mile run.  The crazy part is that I did all ten miles within the confines of Gypsy Hill Park.  The circuit there is just 1.36 miles, so that means I completed 7 and 1/2 laps this morning in the park – in the fog and – somewhat in the dark.  But it was a good solid long run.

This week I have 28.5 miles in bringing my total mileage to 74.31, meaning I have just 25.7 miles to run this week to reach 100 miles.  I could do that just by repeating this week’s workouts – which is the plan except for Saturday when I do an even longer run – hopefully 12 miles this week.  Most of my runs have been just over a 9 minute mile pace – which is also a bit slow for me, but slowly the winter pounds are starting to come off.  This morning was the first time I was at 187 in a long time and hopefully I will be there in the morning (I had a huge breakfast that I’m still trying to work off.) If I can be in the high 180’s on Monday morning I will be really happy and hope to shoot for 185 by the end of the week.

So there you have this week’s running update – Pressing On!