Sunday Thoughts

Apparently it was quite the week to capture sunrise photos, but this evening I caught the last rays of the sun disappearing behind the church property. The morning sun comes later these days and the evening sun sets earlier. This past week was the first day of autumn. We have finally seen a change in temperatures and the humidity has disappeared.

This past week I was able to run and walk on a regular basis. I ran three miles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On each of these days I also walked a mile. On Tuesday, Thursday and today, I walked four miles. Things are feeling really good and even the back is starting to feel better. This week, I’m going to add a mile to running on three days and may even try a back to back Friday and Saturday.

It’s been a good week over all. This past week, we had our last farmer’s market session for the season. It was bittersweet to pack things up after the market. I did something different on Saturday during the farmer’s market. I brought a few pieces of sound equipment and my guitar and sang some songs. It was a fun way to spend the morning.

The next few weeks have us getting ready for several events. Singer/songwriter Katy Kinard will be hear on October 10 for our worship service. The night before, we are having a ShrimpFest at one of the church member’s homes. It should be a great night of fellowship. We are also hosting a service for pregnancy and infant loss on October 15. It’s been said that 1 in 4 women have lost a pregnancy or infant. Later in the month we have some missionaries coming in and that same weekend we are hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event. So October is definitely going to be a busy month.

We had a wonderful Spirit-filled and Spirit-led service this morning. The worship team did a great job leading the musical worship. We had an anointing service and even an impromptu special. I could feel the Holy Spirit working this morning. It’s taken me most of the afternoon to recover and Anna and I are about to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

That about wraps it up. Have a great week and Seize the Day!

Prayer for the Week

O merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Anyone Who Is Not Against Us…

18th Sunday after Pentecost | September 26, 2021

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 and Psalm 124 • James 5:13-20 • Mark 9:38-50

Mark 9:38-50 | New Living Translation

38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”

39 “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. 40 Anyone who is not against us is for us. 41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.

42 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’

49 “For everyone will be tested with fire. 50 Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

Music Monday | Hear Our Praises

This evening I was playing through “More Songs for Praise and Worship 2.” This is an anthology of worship music. If I recall correctly the first anthology was published around 1993 or 1994 as Songs for Praise and Worship by Word Music. If was a nice collection because it featured songs from all the major catalogs – not just Word Music. Maranatha Music was included as was Hosanna! Integrity and at the time a little know movement called Hillsong. MSfPaW 2 included todays selection. I haven’t done a throwback in a longtime, so here you go.

Sunday Thoughts

The Last Sunday of Summer

This Sunday – September 19 marks the last Sunday of summer. Fall arrives on Wednesday. It was a cool week because we were able to do go and check out some of the local attractions. The first couple years you live somewhere different it is almost like being a tourist. Monday evenings in Rehoboth Beach is Meterless Mondays. We decided we would visit Rehoboth last Monday and had a great time walking the boardwalk and then checking out some of our favorite stores. One is the Christmas shop and another is Browseabout Books. We also picked up some Thrashers Fries while we were out.

This past week we checked out libraries, went to Cape Henelopen State Park, checked out many of the WWII areas of interest on the beach, walked the beach there. We checked out some nearby Atlas Obscura sites. We also went to see the Assateague National Seashore and saw the wild horses. Overall it was a great week.

I was doing quite a bit of planning for upcoming events and follow up from last week’s board meeting. Early in the week I made a few phone calls and it seems everyone was out of the office, but by week’s end everyone had called me back.

This past week I have really tried to get back to regular workouts and was successful. Yesterday I even did three consecutive miles of running. The last time I was able to get in more miles than in September was June and by the 8th of June I was done. I’m hoping all continues well. Physical therapy is really helping.

We did have a good service at The Journey this morning. God is doing some pretty amazing things. So that about wraps it up for the week. Have a great week and Carpe Diem!

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, you have taught us that without love, all our deeds are worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you; grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Who’s the Greatest?

17th Sunday after Pentecost | September 19, 2021

Proverbs 31:10-31 and Psalm 1 • James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a • Mark 9:30-37

Mark 9:30-37 | New Living Translation

30 Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he was there, 31 for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” 32 They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.

33 After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” 34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

36 Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”