4/20/2015

10w for April 26th, Time, E4.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Time, E4. 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: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Andra Moran from the CD Harmony Grove http://www.andramoran.com/store


10w for April 26th, Road Trip, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Road Trip, 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: God Says it’s Time by Bryan Sirchio from the CD Something Beautiful For God http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

Opening Litany based on Psalm 4

Worship Leader: Answer me when I call to you O Lord, give me relief from my distress

Congregation; Have mercy on me O God and hear my prayer.

Worship Leader: How long will the people of God turn glory into shame? How long will they love delusions and run after false gods? Know my children that the LORD has set you apart and called you as faithful servants.

Congregation: I will live my life knowing that the Lord hears me when I call. 

Worship Leader: Live in awe of the Lord and do not knowingly sin.  In the silence of the evening, search your hearts and know that you are a child of God. 

Congregation: We will offer our lives and our trust as a righteous offering unto the Lord. 

Worship Leader: Many spend their lives and energies asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”  If you want riches, let the light of God’s love shine upon you.

Congregation: Fill my heart with joy O Lord, for that is the abundance I seek. 

Worship Leader: In peace I will lie down and sleep this night.

Congregation: For the Lord alone will make us dwell in safety. 



Poem for 4th Sunday of Easter John 10:11-18

The small child
ran gently
into the arms of her mother
and felt the comfort
--the warmth
the love that is in those arms
the love
--that cared that night
--when dreaming seemed
----so real
--the caring that went on
----into the night
in the love that was felt
--(the Good Shepherd)
and reads
--not one
but two, three, four, five, six
books
--(lays down)
when the night is already late
and the milk tipped over
----somehow
----at supper
these arms that offer security
--suspended there
in a crowed of strangers
all too busy
--in their own worlds
to notice or care about one so small
these arms of security
I can hang onto
And see these worlds
----and yet know
I am safe in my world
--(his life)
within these arms
I know this
and I can sleep now
in peace
because I know
these arms will be there
--(for His sheep)

tomorrow

Shepherd skills

Sunday April 29th, Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. A shepherd is one who watches out for the sheep. The sheep, and that would be you and I, are the ones who tend to wander. We wander out of stupidity, we wander out of curiosity, we wander out of willfulness, and sometimes we wander just for the hell of it to see what will happen.  In this psalm of comfort we hear that even when we wander, we don’t wander alone, the Lord is watching out for us. In that we can put our hope and faith and find comfort. Even when we wander off, the good shepherd is there to bring us back into the community, back into the fold. No matter where we go in life, no matter how far we wander, no matter how much we might try to deny the shepherds existence, the good shepherd is there, always watching out for us and working us back into the fold. That is what grace looks like in action. The reason we are in the fold, and/or brought back to the fold is so the Shepherd can move us onto new pastures.  It is the new pastures in life that help us grow.  This is called mission because in these new pastures we meet new people who we help grow, and in the process find ourselves growing even more because of our interaction with them.  The purpose of Grace is mission and the message of mission is Grace.  Of this the world, and our ever hungry souls, have great need.  

Restoring the soul

Monday April 30th, Psalm 23: He makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul and guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. There is a restoring that goes on in the presence of the Lord. We were created and called good in the beginning and when we get askew, which is all of us some of the time and most of us most of the time, we are re-created through the love of Christ.  When we gather in the word, when we hear the stories, when we feel the presence of a loving community, we are refreshed, restored, reborn and recreated in the image of God. Sometimes we like to take our own paths in life and claim them as the Lord’s path; when we do, we find a community broken, restoration broken, anger grows, and selfishness and war break out as self-defeating self-defense moves. When we again look to the Lord and the ways of the Lord, we find a grace filled community filled with healing and wholeness and calling us back to the commandment of God to love one another as we have been loved by God.  It is in loving others, loving God and loving self that we find the paths of righteousness.  It is a true righteousness that comes from God and lives in harmony in the company of our brothers and sisters and friends and enemies. The righteousness that comes from the self, self-righteousness, lives alone in a world of conflict and points to what others are doing wrong in its “Oh not so humble” opinion. The path of righteousness that comes from God is the path that leads through brokenness to wholeness and a peace that can only come from God. 

Table fellowship

Tuesday May 1st, Psalm 23: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. "War is the coward's escape from the problems of peace" Thomas Mann. All too often we rush headlong into battle and conflict rather than into negotiation, conversation and justice.  To be honest, there is more money to be made in war than in peace, at least for the well-connected and morally bankrupt.  But it is a path that eventually leads to the whole world being bankrupt both morally and financially.  The world now faces the devastation, economically, socially, and politically, that this headlong rush to war can bring to the generations that follow such cowardly greed and self-righteousness.  In contrast, the Lord sets us down in the presence of our enemies at a table. As we gather to eat, the underlying premise is that we are all the children of God gathered around the God’s table, with God as the silent listener of every conversation. Our task in life is not to pull one over on our enemies, or get the better of our enemies, or experience the joy of having a snit fit with our enemies, our task is to recognize that our enemies are our brothers and sisters at the table of God.  Our job is to find out how to get along. It all starts with recognizing and respecting the other as a child of God. It is then the real work starts.  Those who cowardly send the sons and daughters of others to war don’t have the stomach for the real work and operate only out of fear.  Our task, out of love for God and love for our Brothers and Sisters, and even out of the love for the ones trying to solve problems of the world with war, is to stop them in the name of the God who created us all and called us good.  

Our Blessing and our Calling

Wednesday May 2nd, John 10: 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus came into the room where the disciples were hiding and breathed on them the Holy Spirit and gave them the commission that as the Father had sent him, so too they were now sent. That same commission extends to us all. As the Father had sent Christ, so now we are sent.  For the disciples it was beginning in Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria and on to the rest of the world.  For us it is beginning in our home community, to the neighboring community, to the unclean and unfriendly community just outside our doorstep and on to the ends of the earth.  It is our calling, we are sent.  We are sent into the world to bring the good news, the healing, the wholeness, the reconciliation and the gift of forgiveness that comes from our loving God. We are all at the same time, sheep and shepherds, both seeking and being sought. The shepherd is willing to give his or her all for those being shepherded. That is both our blessing and our calling. Feel the breath on your neck and get up and go.

More than a day job

Thursday May 3rd, John 10: 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. The hired hand, who is in it only for the money, turns and runs when the going gets tough, and leaves the sheep at the mercy of the wolves. It is all too common a sight. Pension funds being raided or underpaid, CEO’s with multi-million bonuses while the corporations they lead getting bailed out by the working poor.  Corporations moving offices off shore to avoid taxes and regulations, while holding contracts paid by the taxes of you and me.  We see union busting and blaming while corporate downsizing provides the cash flow to keep the bonuses and stock prices going.  All is done in the name of making a buck. All is done at the expense of the sheep.  With the push of the tea party the sheep are even cheering on the slaughter of other sheep.  Jesus calls us to a different image, one where there is a loving concern for all the sheep, a desire for what is best for the many, not just profitable for the few. Being a child of God is more than just a day job, it’s a committed life. The commitment is to the Creator, the Creature, and the Creation, not the self.  It all goes back to the garden and that tree of knowledge thing.  It is not about us “singular,” it is about us as the whole family of God.  

Knowing

Friday May 4th, John 10: 14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. As we are known and loved by Jesus, so we are called to get to know other sheep and to learn to be loving towards these other sheep.   Caring is more than just saying “I’ll pray for you,” it is actually about praying for them in words, and then following that up with deeds.  In our church we have prayer cards that are sent out each week to those people in the congregation are praying for.  It is not the end, but it is a good start.  There are times however when one’s prayer list is not much different from ones shit list. It is usually when we find ourselves praying that the other would see things our way.  Those prayers are more about our self-interests than about the person we are praying for.  Being a shepherd is about knowing the other well enough to truly pray for them. It is in praying and knowing well enough to know what to pray for even before the conversation begins that is the mark of a loving, caring shepherd. That kind of knowing presupposes relationship, and relationships take work, caring, and love, and most of all ……. Prayer.

One God, One Love



Saturday May 5th, John 10: 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The early church depicted in Acts was a church that was beginning to grasp the idea that the mission of grace begins in Jerusalem, (at home and in the comfort of knowing) and then goes to Judea (next to home, and close enough to have an understanding) and Samaria (those people you might think you know, but really can’t stand) and on to the ends of the earth (which with scientific discovery is an ever changing proposition).  The church later held onto the idea that the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around us. Those who taught to the contrary we chastised and excommunicated from the church, for which in some cases the Roman church has apologized. Lest we be too judgmental it is good to realize that we too tend to think that the universe revolves around us. It always is easier to see oneself as right, and those who opposed your viewpoint as wrong.  Our children, whose brains are different than ours, are more able to function in the world of dichotomy.   They, more than we, are able to conclude that though we and the other may differ, we may also both be, to a certain extent, right, even when the conclusions appear to be at polar opposites. Some of the worst atrocities in the world have been committed in the name of god. I use a small “g” because any atrocities committed in the name of god must assume that god is not grand enough to love all of humanity. It is only our “little god” of self-interest. Jesus lets us know that there is more to this world, more to the family of God, more to our brothers and sisters in Christ than seems reasonable by our perception. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, all of it, everyone in it, begins the scriptures. It is from that basis that we are called as the children of God to love all creation. To accept the notion of Islamic terrorists is to also accept the notion that those who would use any means, including torture, are terrorists also.  To accept them as Samaritans means that we don’t particularly like what they are doing, or maybe even who they are, but they are our brothers in Christ, with a Capitol “C” which rhymes with “G” and is our God.  Anything else is just lower case.  

4/16/2015

10w for April 26th, Time, E4.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Time, E4. 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: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Andra Moran from the CD Harmony Grove http://www.andramoran.com/store


10w for April 26th, Road Trip, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Road Trip, 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: God Says it’s Time by Bryan Sirchio from the CD Something Beautiful For God http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

4/15/2015

10w for April 19th, Eat and Go, E3.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 19th, Eat and Go, E3. 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: "Life is Bigger than Death" by Hans Peterson from the CD "A Time to Mourn.. A Time to Dance"  http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 19th, Eeeeeww, Gross, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 19th, Eeeeeww, Gross, 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: "Follow Me (87 times)" by Bryan Sirchio from the CD "Justice and Love"  http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

4/13/2015

Opening Litany based on Psalm 4


Worship Leader: Answer me when I call to you O Lord, give me relief from my distress

Congregation; Have mercy on me O God and hear my prayer.

Worship Leader: How long will the people of God turn glory into shame? How long will they love delusions and run after false gods? Know my children that the LORD has set you apart and called you as faithful servants.

Congregation: I will live my life knowing that the Lord hears me when I call. 

Worship Leader: Live in awe of the Lord and do not knowingly sin.  In the silence of the evening, search your hearts and know that you are a child of God. 

Congregation: We will offer our lives and our trust as a righteous offering unto the Lord. 

Worship Leader: Many spend their lives and energies asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”  If you want riches, let the light of God’s love shine upon you.

Congregation: Fill my heart with joy O Lord, for that is the abundance I seek. 

Worship Leader: In peace I will lie down and sleep this night.

Congregation: For the Lord alone will make us dwell in safety. 



Poem based on 3rd Sunday after Easter Luke 24:3-49

Among the living
stands one
who was
--and is
The Christ who came
to bring life
--only to taste death
Lives
Among our doubts
------and fears
--and hopes
that what we have heard is true
Christ Lives
amid the power structures
--that do not at all find
-----------surprises
----------------all that appealing
Christ lives
That we may know that
which has been said
--from the beginning,
God looked and said
--it is good.

Christ lives!

It's a gift



Sunday April 19th, Psalm 4: O Lord you have put gladness in our hearts more than when grain and wine abound. We will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make us lie down in safety. After all the hurrying around in life, we sometimes get to the point where we stop struggling to put our own stamp on life and let God be in charge. It is then we begin to see the riches that have been given to us. It is good to be thankful, but all too often we are only thankful for the frosting in life. It is when we realize that God has given us all that we have, all is a gift from God, all is given by grace, that we can live with gladness in our hearts. It is not just the frosting; it is the cake, and more often than not, the meat and potatoes where the true blessings lay.  When we slow down, look around, see the sights, look at the details, and nourish the relationships, that we see the hand of God in our lives.  Some say it is a gift that comes with age, others say it comes with trauma or some manner of facing death.  God calls you to live it now.  May you relish the gift today. 

Fathers day, this and every Sunday



Monday April 20th, 1 John 3: 1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it--we're called children of God! That's who we really are. I love my children. But to be honest, there are days I wonder why. Now that they have gotten older and on their own it is easier, but oh, even now, there are those days….. The bottom line however, I love them. That is who I am. We are called the children of God. I am sure there are lots of times when God is pretty disappointed, or at least just wants to go on vacation and get away from us all.  God loves us anyway. That is who God is. We are the children of God because we are loved and we are loved because we are the children of God. Don’t forget Mother’s day or Father’s day, it comes every Sunday when we gather, hear words of forgiveness, words of Gospel and hope, offer thanks and some understanding of how to do better, and of course, are fed.  There are times when I think warm Chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk might be a better symbol for communion.  This is my love poured out for you, welcome to the kitchen of God!   Smell the smells, feel the warmth, taste the goodness, comfort food, comfort love, comfort Gospel.  Take and eat in remembrance that you are all loved in the family of God.  

Grace is heaven in the midst of the slop



Tuesday April 21st, 1 John 3: 6 No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They've got him all backwards. Sin is not based on a list of do’s and don’ts, it is simply that which separates us from God. It may or may not include the Ten Commandments but the Ten Commandments surely does not include all the ways we manage to separate ourselves from God. When we find ourselves separated, as did the prodigal son at the pig trough, know that God is waiting right there for us, eyes searching the horizon waiting for some sign of return. The pig troughs of life do not separate us from the love of God; that love is always there.  It is just that all that slop makes it hard for Us to see. The slop gets in our eyes, clouds our vision, dulls our senses, and hampers our ability to see the beauty of God that surrounds us.  Rest assured, even standing in the middle of that slop, stinking to high heaven, God is right there with us telling us we are loved and calling us home. It’s called grace. 

The truth is love



Wednesday April 22nd, 1 John 3: 7 So, my dear children, don't let anyone divert you from the truth. It's the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Truth is not just a set of facts that we can know, rather truth is the relationships in which we live. To live in the truth does not mean that we always do everything right, or that we even should do everything “right,” or that we always live happy lives or that we are successful etc. etc. etc. Living in truth means that we live knowing we are loved by God and that nothing we have done, are doing, or will do, can break that bond of love, at least from God’s side. Living that truth is being in love with God and knowing you are loved by God. Don’t let anyone, or any doctrine, or any rules, or temptations, or any church, divert you from that truth. Know, deep down in your very being that you live in God’s love each and every moment of your life.  

Peace be with you where you are at



Thursday April 23rd, Luke 24: 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself. The truth is that Jesus comes to where we are in our lives, even if that where happens to be in hiding. When Jesus comes, he brings peace, shalom. When Jesus came to the disciples they were afraid. That is often the case with us also.  Last week we heard the story in John, this week in Luke, and they agree on the fear part. It is almost comical to imagine the disciples hiding in a room, doors locked, afraid there will be “that” knock on the door, when all of a sudden, without a knock, someone is standing in their midst breathing down their necks.  Oh, Jesus, you scared me, was most likely a proper response.  Jesus comes to where we are to calm our fears. No matter what is going on in our lives, the one thing we can be assured of is that we are never alone. The God of love is always by our side uttering words of shalom.  

Eat and run



Friday April 24th, Luke 24: 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. The story of the fish was meant to show that Jesus was not just an illusion or a ghost, but real flesh and blood. It is also a good metaphor for life as a follower of Christ. First, sit down and have a bite to eat together. Look around and know you are not alone, you are surrounded by the love of God in the presence of your brothers and sisters in Christ. From this point the disciples were sent out into the world to spread the good news. The Good news is not, “you can be saved if you…………….., it is, “you are saved because Christ already did…………….  Now that you don’t have to do anything, what are you going to do?  I suggest you sit down, eat with friends, and then go into the world and spread the good news refreshed. 

The Key? God loves us!



Saturday April 25th, Luke 24: 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. All of scripture is to be seen through the lens of the empty tomb. God has been reconciling us with the love of God since the beginning of time, and will continue long after time is no more. Through all the stories in the Old Testament that sometimes glorify human failure, and then attribute it to God, runs that thread of God’s faithfulness, and often times, our folly. Through all the stories in the New Testament runs the thread of God’s faithfulness and plan for the salvation of all creation.  God loves us!! Understand that, and you hold the key to scripture.

4/09/2015

10w for April 12th, Authority, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 12th, Authority, 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.

10w for April 12th, RCL, Twins.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 12th, RCL, Twins.  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.

4/06/2015

Poem for 2nd Sunday in Easter John 20:19-31



I sit in darkness
late at night
the kids are asleep
quiet now
--after a day of fun
oblivious to the adult world
--as we have made it
of war and hate
and children very much like themselves
loved very much like themselves
without enough
--of their share
--to survive
I want to venture out
To help in this world
--of too much
----and not enough
but I often find myself
----------hiding
here in the darkness
----------comfort
-------------safety
of my own walls
when
--into this sanctuary
--of my
------awareness fear
comes a voice
----(peace)
of disturbing comfort
that seeks to destroy
------------my little kingdom
-------of what
--------------can
------------------I
--------------------do
-----------------------anyway walls
I am heralded again
----(peace)
from that voice of life
----(be with you)
I long to
--but wish not
------------hear
peace
in the midst of your world
and because of it
as the words still ring
------in my mind
I remember the one who came
To make all things new
And I long
--for that contact
that would take me by the hand
and lead me
--down the path of what will be
lead me
----(as the Father sent me)
somehow to show
--that Christ lives
show it to others
------and myself
Help me Lord to do thy will
----(I send you)
today




Opening Litany based on Psalm 133

Psalm 133
Worship Leader: How sweet, how wonderful when all of God’s creatures live together in harmony and unity.
Congregation: It is like precious abundance and peace filling the land.  A true gift from God for all of creation.
Worship Leader: It is like the life giving water in the land, nourishing all of creation with life. 
Congregation: it is the blessing of God for all creation.  


waiting

Sunday April 12th, John 20: 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you…. OK, now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  The disciples hid away in fear, hoping beyond hope they would not be next.  Jesus had other ideas.  Jesus has other ideas for us also.  Go, out into the world.  Go, out among the people.  Remember what Jesus said to the women at the tomb?  “Go tell the disciples I will meet them in Galilee, I will be out ahead of them in the world, I will be out ahead of them in life, I will be out ahead of them when they interact with friends, family, work and world.  Hiding behind the doors in the upper room or in the church building are not what the call is about.  The call is about getting out there and being the church in the world.  It is a world that needs you.  It is a world that needs grace.  It is a world in which Christ lives already, waiting for you to show up and do and be your part.  Peace be with you…. 

allows

Monday April 13th, John 20: 21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." OK, now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  Peace be with you, now get out there and forgive.  You will find that your brothers and sisters need that forgiveness.  If they look deep enough, they need that forgiveness.  We often skip along the surface in life, if we look down, just under the ice; there is all that garbage we might have to look at.  Forgiveness and acceptance thaws that ice and allows the garbage to be taken care of, allows lives to be cleaned, allows hearts to be whole.  Now that you don’t have to do anything, go in peace, forgive, and be the body of Christ in the world.  

study or plant

Tuesday April 14th, John 20: 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"  The disciples, like you and I most of the time, are still sitting around getting ready to go out there into the Galilee, the world, and bring the good news.  Now that they don’t have to do anything, they are choosing to do nothing, or holding meetings, or studying the situation, or playing church or something, anything except getting out there where Jesus is, in the Galilee, in the world.  Jesus comes to them as Jesus comes to us.  What Jesus does is to urge us to get out there into the world, into the Galilee.  Jesus has already been there.  The ground is fertile.  You are holding seeds in your hand.   Now that you don’t have to do anything are you going to study those seeds or plant them?   

check it out

Wednesday April 15th, John 20: " 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."  28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"  29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  Now that you don’t have to do anything, and realize that you haven’t done anything, you could either get out there into the Galilee, the world and plant those seeds or blame someone for you not planting those seeds in your hand.  The disciples give us a good example.  Unfortunately it is an example of what not to do..  They stand there and blame Thomas.  He will forevermore be the example of doubt in the world of people held up inside the four walls of Christian churches waiting for someone to blame for not being out there in the Galilee.  Doubt however, rather than being something evil, is the ants in the pants of faith, it gets it up and moving (Buechner, Wishful thinking). Perhaps it was Thomas’ doubt that got the disciples out into the world.  Perhaps it is your doubt that will be the true blessing that will get you to leave the four walls and go to where Jesus is waiting for you, in the Galilee, in the world.  

learning

Thursday April 16th, Acts 4: 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.  The Honda text, they were all in one accord.  More importantly, there had finally left the upper room and stopped blaming one another as to why they were still there.  The one accord thing is a start, but it is a myth.  It reminds me of a couple coming in for premarital counseling.  I ask them how they fight and they tell me they never fight.  I tell them I feel sorry for them and suggest they spend some time talking at a deeper level and come back after they have had a good fight and have figured out how they fight.  The church will never get along in one heart and mind, and it would be a scary aspect if they did.  But they are out of the room, infatuated with God and starting the long and painful process of learning to be the Body of Christ in the world.  

the soil is ready

Friday April 17th, Acts 4: 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. Now that they don’t have to do anything, they finally made it out to the Galilee.  Much grace was upon them all, the Lord had gone on ahead of them and prepared the soil for them.  Now that you don’t have to do anything in the post resurrection world, what will you do?  The seeds are in your hand, the soil is ready………….

enjoy the garden

Saturday April 18th, Acts 4: 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.  Not exactly the wonders of the unregulated free market is it?  Now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  As with most relationships, sometimes our reaction goes a bit overboard at first.  In time, if it is real, we settle into a more reasonable and sustainable pattern of relationships.  Whereas sharing everything equally, like a totally unregulated free market economy, may seem like lofty goals, reality has taught us, sometimes painfully, they are not sustainable goals.  Justice however is sustainable, legal justice, economic justice, keeping things fair, somewhat balanced, flexible and always with the good intentions of the other at heart, that is justice that can live on.  That is the fertile soil in which the seeds of grace can be planted and grow.   Now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do????? I suggest you work up a plot of land with some good justice, plant some seeds of grace and enjoy your garden.  

4/02/2015

10w for April 3rd, Good Friday.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 3rd, Good Friday.  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: Break these Chains by Dakota Road from the CD, Break These Chains. http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Mark.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Mark. 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: No Hands but Yours by Dakota Road from the CD Break These Chains. http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Matthew, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Matthew, 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: Rise up with Christ, by the Jay Beech Band from the CD, Everyone who is thirsty, come. http://www.baytonemusic.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=BTM

3/30/2015

Hell is truth seen too late

Opening Litany based on Psalm 118

Give Thanks to the Lord (Psalm 118)

Pastor: Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love endures forever.
 
Congregation: Let everyone say, God’s love endures forever.
 
Pastor: Open the gates of righteousness and we will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
 
Congregation: They are the gates through which I may enter and give thanks for the Lord has become my salvation.
 
Pastor:  I marvel when I see that which was rejected by the world, has become the foundation of humanity
 
Congregation: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 
Pastor:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, 
 
Congregation: with boughs in hand we will join the festal procession.
 
Pastor: You are our God and we give you thanks and exalt your name
 
Congregation: Give thanks to the Lord who is good and whose love endures forever.


Poem based on The Resurrection of our Lord Mark 16:1-8

Whom do you seek
in this temple dark
amid the stone and cold dust?
The one who was laid here
is held no more
by the limits of our world and trust.
He is not in this place
once dark and filled with death
where he was laid
in love and care.
He is risen and lives
He is risen and gives
life
Life
believe him
Life
Shout from the tops of buildings
Tell all the world
The one who was
King of the Jews
Is King of life for us
Go tell the others
Shout for Joy
---and sing
Everything that was of this world
Has been changed to what has been
The Kingdom is here
Do not be amazed
New Life breaks in
It is here
It is now
The temple has been rebuilt
Christ is Risen
Christ is Risen indeed

Christ is Here

Poem based on Maundy Thursday Mark 14:12-26

Sitting amid the ones who had come so far
was the Christ
the Immanuel
serving these few
Who were gathered at this table with him
(take)
and in a somber moment
that pierced through time
Christ looked at each of the ones gathered
And broke the bread
(this is my body)
to share with all there
in a way that had been done
in so many other Passover meals
and like no other meal
this moment
--held in time
--suspended between what was
----and what will be
was here
as the moment floated into eternity
he gave thanks
(this)
in this somber moment
that pierced through time
and took the cup
given to all
(is my blood)
that they might share with one another
what had been given them
(of the covenant)
feeling the presence of one another
in a new way
in the presence of this Christ 
the moment begin to pass
but not back into a world that was
the night was new
and almost alive
as Christ went out
(which is poured out for many)

to pray

Poem based on Good Friday John 18:1-19:42

Who is this man
They cried
This one
--welcomed just three days ago
as the Messiah
the one who would bring peace to the nation
peace to the world
who is this man
who claims to be the Son of God
who would dare to tempt
the systems we have set in motion
we are
--they cried with a voice united
civilized people
we have our laws and order
--and our punishments for those
--who like our friend here
--choose
----(or are chosen)
----to be more than we have room for
this Jesus from Nazareth
hung up there
in pain and death
--just like any common
--------------(scapegoat)
------------------criminal
the King of Jews
with no kingdom of this world
and few to follow
Our
--------(law and order)
------------------Justice has a way
to keep things from getting
out-------------of----------------control
with anyone
------(God)
who would disrupt
this life of ours
who
-------is this Jesus of Nazareth
-------(Father)
that he should come here
where we have things
as we want them
-----------(forgive them)
and want nothing more

------(for they know not what they do)

gift from God

Sunday April 5th, Isaiah 25: 6 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.  From the beginning of time, the shroud of death and fear has covered humanity.  Through Christ, that shroud has been lifted. Salvation is a gift from God and we are now free to live.  The gift has been given to all people, all nations, everywhere. Now we are called to share that good news with one another.  How can you show those close to you that the shroud has been lifted?  Amos calls us to do justice. In one small way today, bring some hope into someone else’s life.  Amos calls us to show mercy.  In some small way bring some kindness and mercy into someone’s life today.  Amos calls us to walk humbly before our God.  In some big way, live into the understanding that all you have is a gift from God.  Thank God in prayer for the ability to share the Gospel with who and whose you are this day.  

return the favor

Monday April 6th, Acts 10: 34 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.  In the kingdom of God there are no favorites!  Not by choice of faith or fate of birth, no favorites in the Kingdom of God period!  As you go about your business today look around at the people you meet.  Each and every one is a child of God, and called to discover for themselves what that means and how to live as a child of God in this world. Each and every one has a unique story and history through which the story of God can percolate into a glorious gift of beauty for humanity. Each and every one has been saved by the Grace of a loving God.  Each and every one is your brother or sister in Christ and sometimes they, as well as you, are aware of that reality and sometimes they are not, but they never cease to be.  Pray today that you would be able to treat each and every one as a brother or sister, and maybe, just maybe, they will be able to return the favor.  That is part of the Easter Gospel, God's love poured out for all.  Ask God to bless you today from one of these unexpected new brothers or sisters, and then return the favor.

hold your tongue

Tuesday April 7th, Acts 10: 39 "We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. Even Paul, the most prolific writer in the New Testament, could not help himself from putting in a little dig against the Jews.  Maybe it was because Paul was a Jew.   Maybe it was because Paul used to be a Jew.  Probably it was because Paul suffered from the unbridled enthusiasm that newly non-smokers suffer from, evangelistic fervor.  Luther also had his evangelistic fervor when the Jews did not flock to this new Protestant understanding and were rejected by Luther, something for which the Lutheran Church has since apologized. We are not so different from Paul and Luther.  It is so tempting to get irritated and put in a dig in our comments, thoughts and prayers against an individual or group whose actions we find frustrating, often a group for which we have a present or former affinity. The new Indiana law legalizing prejudice is an example. Pray today that God would give you the strength to hold your tongue a little bit and when someone frustrates you, remember them as a child of God and pray for them. Little by little, with the help of God, the world will change.  Patience and giving room and time for God to work is a hallmark of maturity.  

forgiven

Wednesday April 8th, Acts 10: 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. There are many who have forgotten this lesson but….. Christ is the one who judges.  Christ is the one who gave his life that we might have forgiveness of sins and life eternal.  We are the ones who want to judge.  We are the ones who want to call the shots of who is in and who is out.  Think about the things Christ, as judge, will be forgiving you for this day.  Don't just think of the surface sins in our lives.  We all like to play the “I just want everyone to love one another and all my sins to be forgiven” game.  Christ deals with specifics in our lives and calls us to love those we find unlovable in particular.   Generalities are all just part of human original sin, judging others with a different standard than we use to judge ourselves.  Once you have completed the humbling experience of honestly judging yourself, and honestly receiving forgiveness for your real sins, do your part.  Forgive someone else today in the name of Christ for specific transgressions.  Try it!!  Don't just say, "O that's OK, nothing to worry about."  Try saying, "I forgive you, and you are forgiven for……… in the name of Christ."  Watch the world change around and within you.   

possibilities

Thursday April 9th, Mark 16: 3 They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Jesus' followers were still not expecting the resurrection.  The disciples were in hiding and the women followers were the ones who came to care for the body.  After all Christ had said and done, they expected the stone to still be there, the tomb to be occupied, death to have won.  Before we get all holier than thou, just remember, we would too.  Many of us still do.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to the wonders God has in store for us. We often shut our eyes and hearts to the hungry and needy.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to those whose opinions differ from our own.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to the children of God who see things different from ourselves.  Pray today that God would help you roll away the stone from your heart, from your own eyes, and open your mind to the possibilities in this world through Christ. Then pray that Christ will help you show those possibilities to others in the way you live your life.  Think back over the day.  In what way did the unexpected bless you?  Thank God for that blessing. Pass it on.  

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