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.”

Picture of the Week

Wagamon Pond Dam, Milton, DE

This week’s prompt was curves. I played with a bunch of pictures, but like this one the best. There are quite a few of these curved dam structures here in lower Delaware. The one in Milton is very accessible. With most of these dams, the water above the dam is freshwater and the water below is backwater from either the Delaware Bay or Atlantic Ocean.

Triumph of the Holy Cross

Holy Cross | September 14, 2021

Numbers 21:4b-9 and Psalm 98:1-5 • 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 • John 3:13-17

John 3:13-17 | New Living Translation

13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Today is a day known in differing ways, however, I like the title Triumph of the Holy Cross. Typically we focus on the cross during Lent and we focus on the crucifixion. However this day focuses on the cross as an instrument of salvation.

That thought is picked up in our Gospel reading for today. John compares the pole that was lifted up in the wilderness to save the Hebrew people from their sin. If you don’t remember the story. The Hebrews were grumbling in the wilderness. To punish the people, God sent fiery serpents and people started dying. God gave a solution to Moses to fashion a snake on a pole – those who looked at the pole would be healed.

That pole that Moses fashioned looks very similar to the image to the right which is used in the medical field. It is called a Caduceus.

John records Jesus as saying that the cross will be a symbol and when look at the symbol of the cross, they will see it as a symbol of salvation. The cross itself cannot save humans, but Jesus himself who hung on the cross can save us. Today the cross reminds us of the sacrifice of Jesus. It reminds us of God’s love. I’ve written before that I wear a cross on occasion. It’s not that the cross that I wear can save me, but that Jesus, through His love and sacrifice on the cross is the only way to salvation. It was through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection that we can have eternal life – just as Jesus promised. After all, Jesus came into the world not to judge us but to save us. That’s why we can call it the Triumph of the Cross.

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the Cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory
everlasting. Amen.

Music Monday | Not Afraid Pt. 1

Summer winds on sinking sands
A bitter rain upon my hands
Dreading every waking day
Reason came and reason left
The scarlet stain did not forget
What I could not explain away

With no pennies on my eyes
Fear had its ice-cold grip upon my life

But I’m not afraid any more
Yeah, I think I finally opened up the door
No, I’m not afraid any more
And I’m ready to reach out for something more

Tried and true, black or blue
I used to think, “Man, what’s the use?”
When everything turns bad in the end
You play your cards and try to be
The changing world you’d like to see
But people will let you down, my friend

The sky grew dim the curtains flew
Then a light came and I saw the truth

And I’m not afraid any more
Yeah, I think I finally opened up the door
No, I’m not afraid any more
And I’m ready to reach out for something more
I’m ready to reach out for something more

I’m not afraid of dying
And I’m not afraid of crying
I can’t wait to go on living
I’m gonna give it all I got
‘Cause the lens of life will linger
Just keep singing for the singer
And the song will never end
I’m gonna take it from the top

‘Cause I’m not afraid any more
And I think I finally opened up the door
Yeah, I’m not afraid any more
And I’m ready to reach out for something more

No, I’m not afraid any more
And I think I finally opened up the door
No, I’m not afraid any more
And I’m ready to reach out for something more