Sunday Night Thoughts

The last 72-96 hours have been a whirlwind – don’t worry – it’s not a bad thing, but I have moved from one thing to the next. At the moment, I finished up putting away mics and instruments on the platform. It makes it much easier for our volunteer cleaning crew. I also put away the music from this morning and now sitting just off the sanctuary listening to Matt Redman. This morning during worship I mentioned his song The Heart of Worship. So I thought it would be cool to listen to some of his music. I heard a version of Better Is One Day that I have never heard before. It was much different. We did get a bit of a break in the weather until Friday, when the hot and humid returned.

It’s been a fun week. On Wednesday evening, I put out signs to sell the church van and by noon on Thursday it was sold. It was an answer to prayer. We sold a 1991 International bus and now the van, so that we could upgrade to a much more practical vehicle for ministry. That kept me busy, because I discovered the wipers needed to be replaced and that was a little more difficult to change out than I expected.

On Thursday, I thought I would help the grass cutting crew by mowing the grass. We have a nice lawn tractor – so it was fun to cut the grass. I enjoy helping where possible. This week we also got our network at church working better, so little by little. (By the way, as I type I have a fly annoying me :))

Yesterday, the church set up a booth at the Millsboro Farmers Market and we advertised our Vacation Bible School which is coming up in August. I’m also planning toward a family movie night in late July out on the lawn. I’m hoping we can make that a regular deal. We are looking forward to developing relationships with our community and sharing the good news of Jesus with them. I had a nice talk with the mayor on Saturday. It is good to be getting to know the people around here. This next week our booth is going to add hot dogs and chips to sell and give away bottled water.

I continue to be grounded on the running front, but I did go to the podiatrist and he fixed me up. I have new orthotics and I’ve been on a steroid pack to calm the angriness in foot. I have been out walking, but Friday I tore up the back of my heel ( I ended up with a blister) so I haven’t been out for a walk the last two days.

Tomorrow is District Conference. This will be our first time ever at the Chesapeake District conference, but we know several people on this district. Since we’ve not been part of this district, I don’t know quite what to expect.

Today we had a good worship service – my kids ordered at Texas Roadhouse yesterday for our Father’s Day dinner. We honored the men in our church and I led the worship and preached on the importance of corporate worship and what worship is. We had a great spirit in service this morning. It took almost 45 minutes for everyone to clear out of the sanctuary – I think that shows how much The Journey enjoys being together.

This afternoon, we have been relaxing and now I’ll sign off. See you next week for Sunday Night Thoughts. Seize the Day!

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Welcome to Sunday Night Thoughts for June 13, 2021. It’s been a good week and as we finished up the week, it was nice to get some relief from the crazy hot and humid weather we had earlier in the week. My run on Monday was brutal. I don’t know how the rest of the week would have gone, but more on that in a moment.

This past week, we put the final touches on selling a bus that our church owned. We are still trying to sell a van as well, so that we can upgrade our church vehicles. Last Sunday night, after I wrote Sunday Night Thoughts, I met with the church buying the bus and finished the transaction. Yesterday they texted me to tell me they had picked up the bus. The spot where the bus was sitting now looks a little barren.

On Friday one of the men from the church showed up to mow the grass. When someone shows up, I do the trimming and move the vehicles so that they don’t have to get off the tractor to move them and also they don’t have to cut as close for everything – so it makes their job easier. While we were working on the grass it started raining, that made things a little interesting. The grass stuck to everything. After I got all the trimming done, I took the blower to clean off the sidewalks, but everything was still a little wet. Yesterday I completed the job – and the place looks great. We got some help from the neighbors – one on Friday – he took his big zero turn mower to our field and after the bus was moved yesterday, another neighbor mowed where that was sitting.

We were able to mow the grass, because we have been getting some rain and that is nice. It was getting so dry. Our mandavilla plants at the front of the church were needing a watering every day.

So getting back to Monday, after my run, we went grocery shopping and by the time I got home could barely walk. It turns out I have a case of planters fasciitis – ugg! I’ve already documented it on my running update post.

Speaking of posting, I’ve tried to get back to somewhat of a regular schedule. During the transition, I really fell off the wagon. I’ve also tried to go back to writing more instead of doing so much video blogging.

Today was a great day – it was long – but a great day. I got a special surprise for worship in that my Aunt Velma showed up for worship. I haven’t seen her in a few years. It was good to get to see her after several years. One of my cousins spouses brought her for worship. We had a good worship service this morning.

Following worship, we went to a birthday party our littlest attender. She turned three this week. We went to the Millsboro Pizza Palace and it’s a great local place to eat. Once that was over, we came home and relaxed. It seems like the afternoon has dragged on.

So that about wraps up the week. Blessings…

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, from whom all good proceeds: Grant us the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may always think those things that are good, and by your merciful guidance may accomplish the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Photo of the Week

Back during the beginning of the pandemic, I had a project called Picture of the Week. I realized how much I missed that, but was lacking the prompts. This week I joined a photo challenge from 52 Frames. This week’s prompt was door. The above picture is a picture of our front door and the church across the street. It was a door that we were not expecting during this year and yet God prompted us to walk through it.

Running Update

Since I updated you last week, much has changed. I went for a walk and a mile run on Sunday. Then got up on Monday to run my regular five – on a very humid, muggy morning. I finished the run and felt good, but by the time 10 AM rolled around, I couldn’t walk at all. I spent the rest of the day on the reclining love seat. On Tuesday I went to the doctor and found out I have planters fasciitis. UGG! I was told to knock off any running or walking. Double UGG! And I was having a great running season. I go to see the podiatrist on Wednesday and I’ll see what they prescribe. I have been doing some therapy exercises. They have been helping, but the pain in my heel is there. So for the moment, I am grounded and hoping to move back into something shortly. I’ll update you next Saturday.

The Kingdom of God is Like…

3rd Sunday after Pentecost | June 13, 2021

1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 • Psalm 20 • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17 • Mark 4:26-34

Mark 4:26-34 | New Living Translation

26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. 28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

30 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, 32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

33 Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. 34 In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.