Sunday, November 18, 2018

La Jolla

 There is something about 
the majesty of a palm tree.
Stretching to touch the sky.
 We stopped by to visit the seals 
and the sea lions at La Jolla Cove.
 Stood by this mama and pup 
for quite some time.
Fun to watch her bark at any flippered creature
 that came by-
and seemingly unbothered 
by the human bystanders.
Dashing waves in the inlets 
brought a lot of action to keep our attention.
We spotted a couple of hang gliders off the bluffs.
A fine day of blue water and blue sky.
 A bit of respite after a very full and busy week.
California dreaming.....

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Give Thanks- for Great Leaders

We met in San Diego this week
 to honor the leaders
 who have left the Council of Presidents
 for the LCMS.
This is the list of those who have 
left the Council of Presidents.
There are 35 Districts and 35 Presidents
 within our church body.
With a salute and a prayer,
we share a  
and well-deserved send off to:
 Rev. Dr. Dean And Susie Nadasdy
Minnesota South District
 Rev. Dr. Dan and Judy May
Indiana District
 Rev. Kurt and Becky Schultz
Southern District
 Rev. Andy and Susan Dzurovcik
SELC District- (Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church)
 Rev. Terry and Marlene Cripe
Ohio District
 Rev. Ken and Val Hennings
Texas District
 Rev. Dr. Larry and Linda Stoterau
Pacific Southwest District
 Rev. Dan and Jan Gilbert
Northern Illinois District
Rev. Dr. Bob and Priscilla Newton
California -Nevada - Hawaii District
 Rev. Dr. Jim (and Mynra) Baneck
North Dakota District President

and Rev. Allen Anderson
Rocky Mountain District
(in absentia)
And we pray blessings and grace
upon you as you continue to serve in 
His Kingdom.
The Men in Black 
with their new jackets from LCEF.
What a fun crew of guys.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

 Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Point Loma, California 
 A moving place to visit
 for Veterans Day- 2018.


Originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. This year is the 100th Anniversary. 
On the 100th Anniversary we also visited the USS Midway-
 commissioned in 1945 as the largest ship in the world.
It is docked at Harbor Drive in San Diego
 and was decommissioned in 1992.
 It opened in 2004 as the USS Midway Museum.
This aircraft carrier has 2,000 compartments and 18 decks. 
We learned about the incredible precision 
needed to land an incoming aircraft on the deck. 
When in service, this ship had 4,500 crew members.
The Chapel 
and the quarters of the Navy Chaplain.
 Part of the Communications center.
Bunks, storage, brig 
and the silver service for official hosting.
Truly a floating city-
1,000 loaves of bread daily, 
500 pies for dessert a day,
43,000 pounds of laundry weekly and
1,500 telephones on board.
This command center is shown 
as it was for the start of 
Operation Desert Storm.
Certainly a fitting observance 
to see the longest serving Naval ship-
truly America's living symbol of freedom.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- Live Self-controlled

Enduring Word Bible- #34

Titus 2: 11-14
Worship into the Week
This section was read for 
worship this weekend.
The church we were visiting 
was finishing up a series 
on the Fruits of the Spirit.
Movement of the Spirit on our behalf
 is always a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Moving forward in a life of sanctification
 is never about trying harder or doing more.
The great gift we have all received
 is that the grace of God has appeared-
 bringing salvation for ALL people. 

Our part is to be "in-training"
to renounce ungoliness and world passions
 and to Live self-controlled, upright,
 and godly lives in the present age,
waiting for our blessed hope,
the appearing of the glory of our great God
 and Savior Jesus Christ."
Self-control flows from God's grace.
Our response flows from God's grace also.
Now that is unaltered pure grace.
So we are now Living with self-control
 in a world
 that is out of control.
Praying this week to seek ways
 to live in a more self-controlled manner. 

Colored pencils,
 washi tape,
Fine-point Sharpie pen 
Sermon notes

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Count your Blessings Leaf Project

Sometimes I pull stored projects out for
 seasonal decorating 
and am amazed when I realize 
that they have been around so long
 they are almost vintage. 
 This one is a simple leaf pattern
 cut from an old book.
(you can find a great leaf on Google)
Two leaves were glued together to make one leaf.
Painted them with acrylic paint.
Let dry.
Printed out some favorite
 Thanksgiving Bible verses.
Lamentations 3:22-23
Psalm 107:1
 Stamped and embossed gold 
on another piece of painted book page.
Tore out the stamped saying
 and added it to a leaf or two.
 Hole punched the top of the leaf
 and added a piece of twine.
Tied a knot with the 5 strands together.
This year it hangs on a bunch of
 Sweet Annie.
Sometimes it is the bit of extra on a wreath.
Count your Blessings!
Give Thanks!
His mercy endures forever!
Always a way to add-
Visual Faith- to your home.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blessed are...

       Worship into the Week.
Matthew 5:1-12 - the Beatitudes-
was the Gospel reading
 for this past Sunday.
All Saints Day (observed)
Using the printables from 
Visual Faith Ministry- 
for the Visual Church Year project.
November 2018- Lectionary B
Right into a small ring binder.
Pulling together images, 
words and sermon notes-
for reflection and responding.
Right into the week.
Used the bulletin front for a tip-in.
Snatched up graphics from the bulletin 
of the church where a daughter worshipped.
We sang the hymn- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling-
(see previous blog post)
and the text references for this hymn 
included one of the other readings for this Sunday.
Revelations 7:9-17
A hymn in the Sanctification section.
Been thinking about the Sermon on the Mount.
How hungry were people following this Jesus,
 for they had seen what he had done.
Healed their friends, 
brought hope to their families,
and treated them differently.
I believe the kernel of truth for me
 is to remember that Jesus 
always wants us to CAPTURE hearts with love-
and do it Differently than the way of the world.

Monday, November 5, 2018

All Loves Excelling

This little tree just lights up 
the corner of the back yard.
Brilliant red- before the storm 
and coolor weather hits us.
A stroll through my yard
 as I get ready to observe-
A pause....
A wait....
In worship this past weekend we sang-
Love Divine - All Loves Excelling. 
1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heav'n, to earth come down,
fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
all Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
pure, unbounded love Thou art;
visit us with Thy salvation;
enter ev'ry trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
into ev'ry troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty, to deliver;
let us all Thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
glory in Thy perfect love.

4 Finish then Thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav'n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before Thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

As I watch this tree progress in full cycle,
 I love that singing these words together-
marks the journey.
 Glory into Glory.

This hymn was written by Charles Wesley
 and first appeared in Wesley's publication in 1747.
It became one his most beloved
and widely distributed hymns.
 It is amazing to think of something
 that is still be used/sung/needed
271 years later.
God does that in His Kingdom.