Sunday Thoughts

Welcome to the second Sunday night in Eastern Standard time. I am still getting used to it being dark at 6. What’s even crazier is that the sun starts dipping behind the mountains a little after 4.

We have had some left over summer come on by this week. While the morning temps have been cold, the afternoon temps have been in the sixties. The temps are warm for the first part of November in NW PA. I’ll take it at the moment.

This past week was a bit of a crazy week. There’s too much to go into here, but suffice it to say things were a little crazy. By the way, we did have some snow – about 2 inches on Monday. It made the trip to school in the morning a bit interesting. By the afternoon, it was warm enough that most of the snow had melted. Then everything started to warm up.

My running game has been a bit off of late. I’m trying to get back on track but as the weather turns colder that is going to be a challenge because I’m not planning on working out in the gym.

This past Thursday night we had a wonderful prayer meeting. We try to meet weekly on Thursday nights. Because we only have a few, if one of us can’t make it, we cancel the in-person meeting, but still pray individually.

This morning we had a wonderful worship service at McCrae Brook. Pam did a great job leading a Sunday School lesson before worship. I preached from Psalm 136 – Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. The Holy Spirit was evident as we gathered, worshipped in song, prayed and opened God’s Word.

That’s about all I have for tonight. We are going to be on some rest and relaxation next weekend, so there won’t be a Sunday Night Thoughts next weekend. Have a great week!

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Be Ready

23rd Sunday after Pentecost | November 8, 2020

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 • Psalm 78:1-7 • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 • Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13 | New Living Translation

25 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’

“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’

“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’

12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

Sunday Thoughts

After a long time of this being a video blog feature, I’ve decided to go back to the written form. No reason in particular.

As I write, Daylight Saving Time is over and it will be getting dark here soon. It’s 4:40 pm as I write. It’s still rather light, but it will be dark by 6. I will enjoy the light in the morning but the early darkness in the evening will not be welcome.

On Friday, we got our first few snowflakes, emphasis on few. We’ve seen a few snowflakes this afternoon, but we are supposed to have our first real snow overnight. We may wake up to about 1 to 3 inches.

This past week, we had a roadtrip to Pittsburgh. There was more truck traffic on I-80 than I would have preferred, especially in the rain. We did have some issues in the city of Pittsburgh due to our phone routing us in the wrong direction. The same thing happened on the way out. That’s the first time that has ever happened. The trip involved a stop at Chick-fil-A on the way in – that almost made us late – plus the getting lost. Ugg! On the way home we stopped at Primanti Bros. This is always a treat. Again it rained on the way home, but the traffic didn’t seem as bad. At least we were home by nightfall, which hasn’t always been the case.

We have completed 10 weeks of school and I am thankful for that.

We are looking forward to some warmer weather coming our way by the end of the week. Running wise, the end of the week was a bust and next week is a new week.

That’s about all I have for this week. Have a great week and Seize the day!

All Saints Day

All Saints Day | November 1, 2020

Revelation 7:9-17 and Psalm 34:1-10, 22 • 1 John 3:1-3 • Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12 | New Living Translation

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Prayer for All Saints Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical Body of your Son: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

The Greatest Must Be a Servant

22nd Sunday after Pentecost | November 1, 2020

Joshua 3:7-17 • Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 • 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 • Matthew 23:1-12

Matthew 23:1-12 | New Living Translation

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’

“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.