Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s the second Sunday night of November and we sit between snowstorms. Thursday we had quite the early November weather event. It wasn’t terrible, just an inch or so, but tomorrow afternoon’s event looks to be shaping up to be a little more – 3 to 6 inches. That’s quite a bit of snow for this early in the season. Then Tuesday some cold air will be moving in for a couple of days but should release by the weekend.

This has been a bit of an odd weekend – many of the schools had off on Friday, but some have off on Monday, but because I drive for two different school districts, I am driving both Friday and tomorrow.

As I wrote last night, I am still struggling with my running – finding the time is the biggest challenge. Hopefully this will be a more normal week.

We had a good week last week and a good worship service this morning. The Holy Spirit’s leading was evident. I preached on the church and what that means, unfortunately, our camera ran out of memory and so, after I finish this, I will record the sermon, minus the interaction from the congregation.

We did have a great prayer time with our local pastors on Monday. I really appreciate the local clergy in Eldred – we are really about building the Kingdom. On Wednesday we had our regular meeting and we really believe God is up to something in our little community.

That about wraps it up. Have a great week.

Sunday Night Thoughts

I sit writing this on a Monday morning. It’s not unprecedented. We have just come out of the two busiest weeks that I can ever remember. Last night my brain practically shut down. Watching the Eagles/Cowboys game didn’t do anything for me. Despite it being busy, it has been a good two week stretch.

Last week I didn’t write a Sunday Night Thoughts because we were with our oldest and her family for Canadian Thanksgiving. Please keep our neighbors to the north in your prayers today. It is their national election. We had a great time with the family. One of the highlights was getting Beavertails on Monday – what we Americans know as fried dough – but there’s something about street food.

Over on Facebook, you will be seeing that I have been taking pictures. Friends of ours gave us a “new to us” camera and we have enjoyed learning how to use it. I had a Minolta camera as a young person and enjoyed that. Digital photography is different, but more forgiving in ways.

The weekend was kind of crazy. Our son was home from college for a few days. Saturday we went to the Corning Museum of Glass. It was a fun few hours away from the craziness.

In the evening, we began our preparations to host Katy Kinard. She is a singer/songwriter from Nashville. Check out Be Loud Agency for more info. Katy led us in worship and presented some of her own songs as well. She is down to earth and a wonderful artist to work with.

Following worship we went out to Sprague’s Maple Farms for lunch. It is always good and I ended up bringing food home – which is rare. Then I took James back to Houghton. We will see him again at Thanksgiving.

That would be a busy day in and of itself but we also had ordination. Fortunately for us, instead of it being in Buffalo, it was right here in Olean. It was a wonderful service of ordination.

So this week should be a bit of a down week and a chance to catch up. Have a great week.

Ancient Prayers

While not an ancient prayer, it is a teaching from Ignatius of Loyola reminding us that every choice that we make should lead us to the praise of God our Lord.

“In every good choice, in so far as it depends upon us, the direction of our intention should be simple. I must look only to the end for which I am created, that is, for the praise of God our Lord and for the salvation of my soul. Therefore, whatever I choose must have as its purpose to help me to this end. I must not shape or draw the end to the means, but the means to the end. Many, for example, . . . first desire to have benefices (church offices with a guaranteed income), and afterward to serve God in them. These individuals do not go straight to God, but want God to come straight to their inordinate attachments. Acting thus, they make a means of the end, and an end of the means, so that what they ought to seek first, they seek last. My first aim, then, should be my desire to serve God, which is the end, and after this, to seek a benefice . . . if it is more fitting for me, for these things are but means to the end. Thus, nothing should move me to use such means or to deprive myself of them except it be only the service and praise of God our Lord and the eternal salvation of my soul.”

Ignatius of Loyola

Constitution Day

Somehow I missed this important date yesterday. September 17, 1787 is the day the Constitution of the United States was put into effect. It has been 232 years since that happened.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

I always like to remember important dates in American history and the Constitution tells us how our government it to be run. So happy belated birthday to our Constitution