7/25/2016

Opening Litany, Psalm 49


Worship Leader: Listen everyone, listen all who live in this world, those powerful and powerless, those with abundance of things and those with abundance of need for I will speak to you words of wisdom and understanding.

Congregation: We will listen to the message you bring to us from oh high.

Worship Leader: Why should you care when evil seems to invade the world and wickedness surrounds you?

Congregation: We feel lost, empty, abandoned.

Worship Leader: When you trust in wealth and support only the ways of those with great riches, you support emptiness.

Congregation: We know that no one can redeem the life of another or pay off God for ours or anyone else’s salvation.

Worship Leader: Everyone, those with nothing, those with great wisdom, as well as those with great fortunes live for a while and then they die.
Congregation: all they accumulate means nothing and what they gain is tombs that will remain their houses forever,

Worship Leader: when we put out trust in God and care for God’s calling, God’s creation, God’s creatures we are remembered as the children of God.
Congregation: But we, despite all we have do not endure it is better therefore that we be remembered for what God did through us than for any striving of our own.


Poem based on Luke 12:13-21


Luke 12:13-21

It’s mine
All mine
I worked for it all
and saved
and slaved
taking what the Lord has given me
and giving only to myself in return
Mine all mine
until someday when I retire
when I rest after seven
days, years, decades
rest on what I have heaped up
in layers
between my fears and I
between my soul and I
It’s mine
but I can’t shake this feeling
that maybe

I lost it

Amo Ergo Sum

Sunday July 31st, Ecclesiastes 1 & 2: 2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher.   "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.  You can look at this two ways.  One, either this guy needs his meds, or two, maybe he just has discovered what we all need to discover in life, that if all we are after is our own gain, what we gain is nothing.  Looking at knowledge, learning, pushing to do better, these are all good things.  It is the basis of the Book of Proverbs. 80% of the time it works and life turns out well, although, in the end, meaningless.  I am glad my cell phone is a hundred times the computer my computer in seminary was.  I am glad research is being done on solar cells, electric cars, batteries and environment, all of humanity will benefit greatly from these endeavors.   The difference is between the pursuit of knowledge for the “I” verse the pursuit of knowledge for the “we.”  Descartes used the term, I think, therefore I am (Cognito Ergo Sum).  What God calls us to is I Love, therefore I am (Amo Ergo Sum).  Thinking is being for the self, whereas love extends that thinking, or whatever else we do to the “us” which includes ALL of us.  It is not the unexamined life that is meaningless, it is the one which is lived only for the self.  When you are done, all you have left is the empty shell of yourself filled with empty knowledge.  God calls us into relationships.  We are called to love one another.  John even connects it with the promise, this is what will make your life complete, the opposite of meaninglessness, to love one another as I have loved you.  

a blessing

Monday August 1st, Ecclesiastes 1&2: 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.  All too often, our view of life becomes too much like a clothes line, we start at one end and hang things on it until we get to the end, and hopefully, at the end God will reward us for all the things we hung on the line, all the things we have done.  Instead, God calls us onto a path, one where we are surrounded by others and by the God who always comes down and walks with us.  If all we do in life, all our accomplishments, is for some selfish end goal, we above all creatures are to be pitied.  In the end all we are left with is a big pile of stinking stuff that relatives and others fight over while we lie alone dying.  If life is lived as part of the body of Christ, full of give and take, sharing with one another and seeing in every blade of grass and every child’s eye, the presence of God, seeing in everything we have a blessing with which we can bless others, then we are living the kingdom life right here and now.  In that Kingdom life there is meaningfulness, there is fullness, there is life. The others who receive the blessing of our blessings do not automatically become gracious children of God, just as it most likely took us a while to figure that out in our lives, but it is not about their outcome, it is about who we are.  Our maturity depends upon our ability to give from what God has given us.  Those who can freely give are rich, those who can’t freely give are poor, and it has nothing to do with wealth.  

focused on the kingdom

Tuesday August 2nd, Colossians 3:  1-2 So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. I am getting older and the physical work I do around the house takes a bit more of a toll than it used to. There are times when I get up full of excitement at what I will get done and then reality sets in. Consequently, I tend to look at the ground right in front of me rather than the world up ahead.  As I loosen up I begin to see the world up ahead and my spirit as well as my countenance brightens.  God created the world and said it was good.  God created humanity and said it was good.  As we travel on the path of life, surrounded by the saints of God (though some would not consider themselves as such) if we are blessed our eyes are focused on the kingdom.  If we are still burdened down by all we have done and all we have left to do it is not our back alone that aches as we shuffle along looking down.  The final chapters in Revelation have a world ahead vision for us.  It is the holy city, coming down, open to all, all peoples refreshed by the water of life, healing for all nations, gates to the city always open.  Head down living builds border fences, kingdom living builds Kingdom parties and welcome gates.  It is the difference between “I” and “We”.

Jesus is on the other side

Wednesday August 3rd, Colossians 3:  9-11 Don't lie to one another. You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.   Every time we draw a line in the sand, Jesus is on the other side.  Every time we build a fence, whether it be literal at our borders with Mexico or with the new building material for border fences, paperwork, to keep people out.  When we build these fences, we not only do a poor job of shutting others out, we do a good job of shutting ourselves off from the savior who is on the other side of the fence.  The absolute saddest site in the world is the prison wall Israel erected with U.S money around the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem.  Every time we go to war, the ones killed, on both sides, are the children of God.  Every weapon that is produced steals bread from the mouths of hungry.  Every time we enact vetting policies designed to keep “those others” out, we are doubting the love and the divinity of Christ.  On the other hand, every morsel of bread that is shared, is shared with Christ.

fix it

Thursday August 4th, Luke 12:  13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."  14 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Too often we want Jesus to solve our problems, and the problems we want solved we want to be solved in our favor.  Instead of a “fix it for me Jesus” approach to life, we are called instead to a life of living and loving relationships, and we are not always on the receiving end.  Jesus asks us the question, how are you going to handle this and every other situation in your life in a kingdom way?  How are you going to solve this problem with your brother or sister in Christ?  Step one is obvious, yet the hardest, it is to see the other as you brother or sister in Christ.  Military spending, which makes up well over half of all spending is opposite of where we need to go.  Security measures and fences and strict immigration laws are the antithesis of God’s love.  More tax cuts for the wealthy who make their money off the labors of the poor is an anathema to God’s grace.  Yet these are the directions we go because we secretly hope that someday we too will reap or rape the financial rewards of such policies.  It is however a rape.  It has nothing to do with love and leaves only victims in its path.    

“I” trouble

Friday August 5th, Luke 12:  18 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."   20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'   We have all met someone with “I” trouble when they talk.  Everything is about them.  It is good to note that most of us have “I” trouble with the way we live if not the way we talk, especially when it comes to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.  Kingdom life is not “I” life, it is “we” life.  Look around and see the world your children and grandchildren will get, will it be as clean and healthy as the one you received?  Look around at the children of God in your community, (remembering Jesus definition of neighbor in Luke 10)  are they better off than before you came on the scene?  Is everyone better off because of you or does the system you support help those with power and possessions more than those without?  Do you work for corporations that hide tax revenue off shore and hope for your chance to suckle at the tit of big money, or do you wish to contribute to the benefit of all of God’s children?  

starts to stink

Saturday August 6th, Luke 12:  21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."  Where does your spirit focus?  Salvation is not just “God and “I,” salvation is about the “we.”  In the “Left Behind” series, people are raptured off the earth.  In Revelation, the Holy City, with God a part of it, comes down to earth.  Contrary to the religious right teaching, God Always comes Down to where you and we and thee live our day to day lives.  If your theology is about God and I rather than you and we and thee, you are hoarding up the blessing, and like the manna of old, in no time at all it starts to stink. 

                                                                                                                            

7/20/2016

10w for July 24th, for July 24th, Papa God, P10.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 24th, Papa God, P10.   You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Abba Father by John Michael Talbot from the CD City of God.    Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at johnmichaeltalbot.com

10w for July 24th, Buckle Up Buttercup, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 24th, Buckle Up Buttercup, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Cry Mercy by Dakota Road from the CD All Are Welcome.    Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

7/11/2016

10w for July 17th, People of Hope, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 17th, People of Hope, NL.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through.   Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for July 17th, Table of Love, P9.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 17th, Table of Love, P9.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Table of Love by Andra Moran from the CD Little Miracles.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Andramoran.com

7/06/2016

10w for July 10th, Neighborly P8.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 10th, Neighborly P8. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is We’re Family by the Jay Beech Band from the CD One Body Alive.     Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Baytonemusic.com

10w for July 10th, With a Little Despair From Our Friends, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 10th, With a Little Despair From Our Friends, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Kyrie by the Jay Beech band from the CD One Body Alive.     Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Baytonemusic.com

6/22/2016

10w for July 3rd Why oh Why, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 3rd Why oh Why, NL.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Cry Mercy by Dakota Road from the CD All Are Welcome, Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for July 3rd, Travel Light, P7.

The following is a 10 minute worship for July 3rd, Travel Light, P7.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Traveling Mercies by Bryan Sirchio from the CD Something Beautiful for God.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Sirchio.com

10w for June 26th, Gimme Shelter, P6.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 26th, Gimme Shelter, P6. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Show the Way by Ed Kilbourne from the CD Show The Way.     Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.edkilbourne.com

10w for June 26th, Generousity, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 26th, Generousity, NL.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Abundant Life by Hans Peterson from the CD Harvest of a Heart.    You can find this and other gifts for ministry at hanspetersonmusic.com

6/20/2016

Opening Litany based on Psalm 16




Worship Leader: Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.

Congregation: We said to the LORD, “You are our Master! Every good thing we have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are our heroes and we take pleasure in them!

Worship Leader: Troubles seem to multiply for those who chase after other gods.

Congregation: We will not take part in their sacrifices or pretend to follow in their ways for the LORD alone is our inheritance, our cup of blessing.

Worship Leader: You guard all that is ours. The land you have given us is a pleasant land and a wonderful inheritance!

Congregation: We will bless the LORD who guides us; even at night our hearts instruct us to follow the ways of the Lord. Therefore we know the LORD is always with us and we will not be shaken, for the Lord is right beside us at all times.

Worship Leader: No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. I rest in safety knowing the Lord walks with us and will not leave us to the powers of death.

Congregation: The Lord will show us the way of life, granting us joy of living in the presence of the Lord forever.

Poem based on Luke 9:51-62



But first
But first just
But first just let me…
just let me find one more reason
I can’t do
that which I really need
                                want
                                                to do
one more reason to avoid
                change
one more reason to know
                have
                                hold
                                                plan
                                                                control
                tomorrow
one more reason to lay my life
in my hands
and still say I trust you
                with my words
Jesus simply said

                follow me

laugh, and sometimes cry

Sunday June 26th, Luke 9:  57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." 59 He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61  Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." 62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."  The Call to follow God is a call to love one another.  The call to love one another is a call to put God first in our lives, ahead of our own desires.  That sounds good on paper, but don’t ever kid yourself that it is easy.  It takes a lifetime, day after day, one day, one moment at a time.  And it always requires a good natured look at our own foibles first and foremost along the way.  Being a child of God requires a good sense of humor to laugh, and sometimes cry, at ourselves most of all, and to put God ahead of self.  

none of us escape

Saturday June 25th, Luke 9:  51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went to another village. When Jesus got to Jerusalem, he was eventually rejected there by the powers that be also.  The Gospel is a threat to all who want to draw lines in the sand, and that is some of us all the time and all of us some of the time.  As the children of God, we are still sent into foreign territories to get things ready for the coming of Christ.  These foreign lands do not always require a passport however, sometimes these foreign lands are the neighborhood grocery, the athletic club, half way around the world, and sometimes even our own families and congregations.  Every time our anger seems to beckon us to call down God’s wrath on someone or some group, it is good to remember that none of us escape judgment in total.  Often the call for God’s wrath says more about who we are than it does about the other for whom we wish to call down the wrath.  In God’s world what you call down is far more difficult to live with than wrath, it is love..  but in the end, it is the only thing worth living for and we are not left standing there alone.

ungodly is ungodly

Friday June 24th, Galatians 5:    25-26 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. In the beginning God created all that is and called it good.  The sin of humanity is that we are always trying to rend asunder what God has joined together (Coffin).  When we compare ourselves to others with the assumption that we, or our group, or party, or ethnicity, or religion, or, or, or are better, we are in essence saying that we are a better judge of “goodness” than God.  When we pursue policies that create second class citizens of the world or take away decision making power from minorities or women, we are in essence saying that our view of God is “second class.”  In the end, we say more about ourselves than the other.  God doesn’t do border fences and papers please, whether they be in Berlin, Jerusalem or the Arizona.  Perhaps if we see one another as an original creation of God, and treat one another as an original creation of God, and accept one another as our brothers and sisters through Christ we wouldn’t feel the need for the fences. I often hear the immigration debate sloganed as Illegal is illegal, yes tis true, but so is the phrase ungodly is ungodly and it falls, as it did with the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, with the basic Godly truth, we are all brothers and sisters in the family of God whether we like it or not. 

process

Thursday June 23rd, Galatians 5: 19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.  Paul, it sounds so bad when you put it that way, it sounds like the political rhetoric in the just say no to everything culture.  All I was trying to do was watch out for old number one.  Or perhaps all I was trying to do was insert myself as number one instead of holding God in my heart as number one, which is like putting a one-way valve in the wrong way.  Here is the way it goes, love comes from God, if we are connected it flows through our hearts and out into the world around us.  If we try to put ourselves as number one, all we succeed in doing is stopping the flow that was meant for our heart.  Nothing good in, nothing good out.  We don’t stop God however and perhaps one time or another the network of God’s goodness flowing through others will come back upstream and flood our heart enough to prompt us to turn the valve around.  Until then we are set to suffer with who we are rather than live with who God called us to be.  But someday, someday, God will win and I just pray that you may live long enough to enjoy the process.    

skeleton

Wednesday June 22nd, Galatians 5: 14 For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself.  If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? The book, “Wishful Thinking” by Fredrick Buechner has been stolen from me more than any other book.  To date, I have purchased 27 copies and have one in my library.  I call that an excellent endorsement of the book as well as a testimony to my poor managing skills.  From that book I will share with you the definition of “Anger.”  Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun.  To lick your wounds, to smack you lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back – in many ways it is a feast fit for a king.  The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself.  The skeleton at the feast is you.  

scars

Tuesday June 21st, Galatians 5: 13 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows.  For a young child, learning to ride a bike is an exhilarating sense of freedom.  One of the essentials for learning to ride a bike is balance.  You maintain that balance by looking ahead, where you are going.  The minute you look down, where you are at, or focus on yourself instead of the ride, you lose your balance and fall.  I have the scars, both on my knees and on my ego, to prove it.  Our exhilarating freedom in Christ also requires balance, and that balance comes from looking ahead to where Christ is leading us.  The minute we look down, focus on our situation, or our needs, or our wants, or our desires, or our pity party, or our, our, our, we lose our balance and fall.  And I also have the scars to prove that.    

phobias

Monday June 20th, Galatians 5:  1&2 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.  I am emphatic about this. The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system, at that same moment Christ's hard-won gift of freedom is squandered. The question for Paul and for the Galatians was whether someone “had” to be circumcised in order to be a Christian.  It is the law vs. grace argument that dominated Paul’s ministry and much of Christendom today.  Circumcision itself may not seem like much of an issue today but the world if full of “You are saved by grace and all you have to do is….” Christianity, which is really the same argument.  What is at issue today are the many other litmus test the children of God have devised to prove you are a true Christian.  Keep in mind that any litmus test is always for the other and is devised for the strengths and/or phobias of the giver of the test.  Christ made you free so that you could bring that freedom to others.  Christ did not make you free so that you could impose a new slavery on someone else and in the process burden yourself.  But all of us do it some of the time and some of us do it all the time.  Just ask your friends who don’t go to church why they don’t go to church, or if they say they don’t believe in God, ask them to tell you about that God they don’t believe in.  You will get a vast array of assumptions, true or not, about the rules and slaveries of the Christian walk.  In the face of this, our calling is to preach salvation by Grace, nothing more, nothing less.  What difference would it make in how you live your life today if you knew, really knew, Jesus loved you and you were going to spend eternity in heaven?  Now go live it in grace.  

6/13/2016

10w for June 18th, Foreign Fear, P5.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 18th, Foreign Fear, P5. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is Be Not Afraid by John Michael Talbot from the CD Table of Plenty.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at johnmichaeltalbot.com

10w for June 18th, Reconciliation, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 18th, Reconciliation, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is: Restore to Life by Dakota Road from the CD Boundless Love.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gift for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com

6/09/2016

10w for June 12th, Walking By Faith, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 12th, Walking By Faith, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is: The Best is Yet to Come by Celia Whitler from the CD On the Way to Somewhere.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at celiamusic.net

6/08/2016

10w for June 12th, Mercy Judge, P4.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 12th, Mercy Judge, P4. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is: All Are Welcome by Dakota Road from the CD, All Are Welcome.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

6/06/2016

Poem based on Luke 8: 26-39


Jesus heals a demon-possessed man

In this foreign land
Far across the lake
Where we find people of strange values
------ language
----------- ungodly ideas
We follow Jesus
And encounter
As expected
One wild and filled with evil
And as unexpected
One love by Jesus.
What have you to do with us
Jesus
Son of the Most High God?
Who do people say I am
Who do you say I am
As the disciples
And you and I stand
Not understanding what has just happened
As the many descend in uncleanness
To the depths of the chaos waters
And the followers stand in jaw dropping fear
That God’s love might
Just might
Extend
Even across the pond to the other side
Where the people react
As we react
In fear of our bottom line
What is in it for me
And how do I measure
Economy
The cost
While the disciples
You and I
Still stand jaw dropped
While the new evangelists
Gets to work in the Kingdom
Which just became visible
As near.


Opening Litany based on Psalm 22


Worship Leader:  I will declare your name to my people O Lord and in the assembly I will praise you. 

Congregation: Let all who live in awe of the LORD, praise the holy name of God. All the descendants of Jacob and Israel, all the peoples of the world Praise the Holy name of God! 

Worship Leader:  For the Lord has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted ones but has listened to their cry for help.

Congregation: From you O Lord comes the very essence of my praise in the great assembly before all who live in your grace I will fulfill my vows. 

Worship Leader:  The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will live forever in a life of praise. 

Congregation: All the ends of the earth will remember God’s loving grace and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before the Lord, who is ruler of all. 

Worship Leader:  All the blessed of the earth will feast and worship, All mortals will bow before the Lord of all creation. 

Congregation: We will use the blessings of this world to serve, so that all future generations will know of the righteousness the Lord has done. 



demon state of mind

Saturday June 18th, Luke 8: 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.  After all the training and seminars we go to that help us design our evangelism programs, what it really takes is the passion of lives changed.  I believe Luther put it this way; we are simply beggars telling other beggars where to get food.  Perhaps our passion should be on changing lives and letting evangelism happen naturally.  Changing a demon state of mind as well as a demon state, Godly, one life at a time.  

economic bottom line

Friday June 17th, Luke 8:  34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.  The demons were dispatched, lives were set right and salvation offered, all good God stuff, but damn it Jesus, don’t mess with the economic bottom line or we will run you out of town again.  Things haven’t changed much.  What’s next, the Supreme Court saying corporations can act as persons in campaign spending?  Oh, they already did!

some wretch in Baghdad

Thursday June 16th, Luke 8:  26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  The disciples didn’t get it, the religious leaders didn’t get it, and even John the Baptist sent a message asking if Jesus was the one or if he should wait for another. It was the poor naked, demon-possessed man in the unclean foreign land that got the fact that Jesus was the Son of the Most High.  Sometimes you wonder if Jesus were to come back today, if the church would get it, or if it would be some wretch in Baghdad, Beijing or Mogadishu to say, truly you are the son of God. Perhaps we should start seeing these wretches as the children of God, as well as our brothers and sisters now.  Perhaps that would be a step toward that maturity Paul talks about in Galatians.  

In Christ’s eyes

Wednesday June 15th, Galatians 3: 25-27 But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ's life, the fulfillment of God's original promise. 28-29 In Christ's family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal.  If our baptism dresses us in an adult faith, most of us spend a lot of time trying to get naked.  If this sign of maturity is to recognize there can be no divisions, humanity in general spends a lot of time and energy getting naked.  Wars, vast income differentiations, health insurance discrepancies, insane increases in CEO pay while the debate for a living wage on the bottom goes on and on.  The old days of slavery may be gone in the U.S. but the new attitudes of economic slavery through vast disparities in wealth are growing. Every major religion has as one of its basic teachings some form of the Golden Rule, do onto others as you would have them do onto you.  We say it, we say we believe it, but when it comes to the rubber meeting the road it once again becomes all about “Me” which is the very essence of sin.  In Christ’s eyes there is no difference, all are the children of God.  The differences we see are the brothers and sisters being mean to each other.     

ongoing process

Tuesday June 14th, Galatians 3: 23-24 Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for.  When our children are young, we need to deal with them with lots of love and limits, which is another way of saying the law.  Don’t touch the stove, Don’t play in the street, Don’t hit, and sometimes there is a time out or some toys taken away.  As they grow in years, they learn to make their own good decisions (hopefully).  Part of the process of learning to make good decisions is having gone through the process of making some bad decisions.  Until we as individuals, as cultures, and humanity in general, reach the state of maturity where we can freely respond in faith to the living God, there are always some of those laws to keep us in line.  It is an ongoing process.  One sure way to know you have not reached maturity is to think you have reached maturity. True maturity always knows there is more growing to do.  In the meantime, we live in the tension between Law and Gospel and are lead forward by grace. 

temper tantrum

Monday June 13th, Isaiah 65: 8 This is what the LORD says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and men say, 'Don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it,' so will I do in behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all. 9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live.  We can prune trees, cultivate gardens, even practice animal husbandry, but the cultivation of the human species is best left up to God.  We have tried, and we are all too familiar with the results of trying to play god by our rules.  The results are often ethnic cleansing, war, genocide, gas chambers and draconian immigration policies. The difference between our attempts of societal cultivation and God’s attempts at human cultivation is that God loves all of us and takes the spoils of the messes we have created and tries to work them for the good of all.  Humanities attempts are only thinly disguised attempts of tyranny and often look like a two-year-old having a temper tantrum.  

sign of grace

Sunday June 12th, Isaiah 65:  1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.  To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.' Several years ago there was a rash of bumper stickers with the words, “I’ve found it.”  I always found it to be an interesting example of anthropocentric arrogance.  It reminds me of the time in the store when one of my children wandered off.  I followed them, remaining somewhat out of sight just to see how long it would take for them to notice they were lost, and then be near and use it as a teaching moment about the need to stay near.  The goal is that when they finally realized they are lost and cry out, you can descend on the scene and use the moment to comfort and teach.  Sometimes however, my children would simply respond with “O there you are” as if they had found me and then they would prepare for their next getting lost session.  So it is with humanity.  We wander away through the aisles of life, unaware of being lost until some calamity strikes, we cry out, God appears and we assume that God was the one who was distant and we somehow, through our own holiness, found God.  The reality is that God is the one combing the aisles of life waiting patiently for us to realize we are lost and need God in our lives and then we open our eyes to see the God that has been there all along. When we open our eyes, or hearts or heads or spirits to the presence of the God who is already there, it is to us, a sign of grace.  

6/02/2016

10w for June 5th, Reason to Live, P3.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 5th, Reason to Live, P3. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is: The Healing Hand of Jesus by the Jay Beech Band from the CD Everyone Who is Thirst, Come. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Baytonemusic.com

10w for June 5th, Clay Jars, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for June 5th, Clay Jars, NL.    You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up, The song for the day is: Earthen Vessels by John Michael Talbot from the CD City of God.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Johnmichaeltalbot.com  You may also want to listen to Leonard Cohen's Anthem at:  https://youtu.be/mDTph7mer3I

5/31/2016

Opening Litany, Psalm 32


Pastor: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed I say is the one whose sin the LORD does not count and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Congregation: When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me and my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "— and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Pastor: Therefore let everyone who is Godly pray while you may be found; for surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not cause harm.

Congregation: You are our hiding place O Lord and you will protect us from trouble and surround our lives with songs of deliverance.

Pastor: I will instruct you and teach you in the way of the Lord, I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Live free, knowing you are a forgiven child of God.

Congregation: When we lose sight of You O Lord many are our woes. But the LORD's unfailing love surrounds all who trusts in the Lord. Therefore we will Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, we will sing and praise the Lord’s name with an upright heart!


Poem based on Luke 7:36-8:3



I came there every Sunday
I was faithful
singing the hymns and praying the prayers
being swept up in all
the joy
---- love
-------- friendship
------------ community
----in that place
feeling
knowing in my heart
the love of Christ (Your)
through the caring of others
gathered in conversation and coffee

sometimes on the way home
I would wonder
I would read the paper
and wonder
hear the news
and wonder (Sins)
if
there was a God of love
A Christ

one day I came face to face with
who I was
face to face with the one I call me
I dropped to my knees
and cried
at my shallow life
at the pain I had given
and had been given
and I cried Lord!
---- (Are Forgiven)
Save me.
---- I need you
and through the prayerful tears came relief
and the God of Love
and I felt
---- (Go In)

peace  (Peace)

at bay

Saturday June 11th, Luke 7:  44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."  48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."  She was not any greater sinner than Simon was.  Simon was not any more righteous than she was.  The only difference between the two was that she was aware of her sin and therefore open to forgiveness.  Simon on the other hand, not so much.  How do we try to keep the grace of God at bay? What self-respecting and self-absorbed goodness do we use to keep most of God out of our lives?  What would be the cost to let it go and graciously accept God’s grace?

for our own glory

Friday June 10th,  Luke 7: 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."  If the Pharisee knew what kind of Prophet Jesus was, he would know who was touching his life, and why that nerve was so raw.  Jesus did know all he needed to know, all anyone needed to know, what kind of woman she was, one with a hurting heart that longed for forgiveness.  Jesus knew what kind of man the Pharisee was, a good man who thought he was good enough and wanted to impress his friends with his goodness by inviting Jesus over for dinner, showing just how open and liberal he was.  It would help him in his status.  Liberal or conservative, we are both capable of being cold hearted and calculating for our own glory.  Liberal or conservative, we are both saved by the grace of God.

extravagant love

Thursday June 9th, Luke 7:  36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When we know we are sinners, we tend to approach from behind.  We are aware of our sin and we can’t believe the grace that comes with forgiveness, at least not for us.  It is when we have the greater sin, that of not being aware of our sin, that we approach from the front, arrogant and full of self.  The woman’s response was an intimate pouring out of herself in thankfulness that comes from encountering unbelievable grace.  This extravagant response was an embarrassment to the good upstanding folk who were all too aware they were good upstanding folk.  Perhaps they too would be open to God’s amazing grace if only they could take an honest look inside to see the extent of God’s grace in their lives.  Perhaps then, they too could let their hair down and truly respond to that grace with extravagant love of their own.  

what shall I do

Wednesday June 8th, Galatians 2: 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,  who loved me and gave himself for me. Sometimes we get it, and when we get it, what we get is that it is not all about us.  It is then we get to start living this Gift life.  And when we start living this gift life, Oh what a gift it is.  The vistas open before you and instead of asking what must I do to be saved, you start asking, now that I don’t have to do anything, what shall I do, what shall I do?  I still want to dive back into the old self though.  I still want to be in control and do it my way.  But when I am open, open to the presence of Christ within me, that is when I start to live.  

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