Sunday Thoughts

Here we are at 4:30 on a Sunday evening – a very good Sunday – following up on a good week. As I write, I am listening to a playlist on Spotify that I’ve made up and it consists of some of my favorite worship songs – along with some classics – such as “Easter Song” by 2nd Chapter of Acts. Currently This I Believe (The Creed) is playing. Each Sunday, I come back over and clean up the platform of mics and cables and music, so that one of of couples can come clean and not have to deal with vacuuming around all the stuff. That job is done. As I have already written, it’s been a good day.

  • This week started off with District Conference. It was our first conference in the Chesapeake District and it was hosted by Emmanuel Wesleyan in Salisbury. I drove with Pam and our two delegates – one lay – one alternate. It was good to catch up with some old friends from FLAME and old classmates from Pam’s UWC days. It was an inspiring 5 or six hours. Following conference we had a celebration of ministry, honoring those who hit certain milestones – time wise in ministry. We also honored those who were retiring. Several from our church came to honor the former pastor here at The Journey – who retired this past year. Following that, we had ordination and that is always a special time. At the end of conference and ordination, the delegation from The Journey headed over to Olive Garden and we had a great time of fellowship.
  • Last week I managed to catch the corner of a railroad warning sign with the church riding mower. One of the men from church came over to fix it. We did have to take the deck to get the bracket rewelded – but it was also a bit rusty. When we got it back the next day, we put some new blades on it and cleaned up the deck. It is always good to spend time with church people – especially working together with them. When it comes to mechanical stuff, I watch and learn.
  • We had a couple of days break from the hot and humid stuff mid-week, but by this weekend it was back. It looks like the hot and humid is here to stay at least through Fourth of July.
  • Yesterday, we again had a booth at the Millsboro Farmers Market. One of the purposes is to build relationships with our community and I think we did a good job at that yesterday. I really do believe that we are going to see fruit from that. We are also planning to do a Back-to-School supplies drive for the local middle school in August. All morning the weather threatened. At 11:45, we decided to start breaking down, and I’m glad we did. We barely had all the things put away when the skies opened up. But in reality, we were already soaked from the heat and humidity.
  • All that brings us to today – we had a great service today. It started as we prayed with our Wesleyan pastor friends and then the Spirit moved during our service. It was really amazing and I was emotional as I lead worship and even as I preached. I challenged our congregation to make a list of those who need Jesus and then pray for them and see how the Lord leads.

So that about wraps up the week. At least the important stuff. As I finish writing this, I am listening to Rend Collective’s Build Your Kingdom Here. That’s what it is all about – building the Kingdom of God. Our world needs revival and we need the Lord. Have a great week! Seize the Day!

Prayer for the Week

God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and on earth: Put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things that are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

An Interrupted Miracle

4th Sunday after Pentecost | June 27, 2021

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27   •  Psalm 130  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15  • Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43New Living Translation

21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

Jesus Speaks Peace

4th Sunday after Pentecost | June 20, 2021

1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 • Psalm 9:9-20 • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 • Mark 4:35-41

Mark 4:35-41 | New Living Translation

35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”