Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Worship into the Week- No Doubt

Worship into the Week-
April 28, 2019

Jesus Appears to Thomas
John 20:29
 Then Jesus told him, 
“Because you have seen me, 
you have believed; 
blessed are those who have not seen
 and yet have believed."
I always think about how the few days 
after the death of Jesus was a big learning
 curve for the disciples in learning how
 to be prepared for the unexpected.
Jesus just appears, then disappears.
Lots of things didn't make sense even yet. 
How wonderful that we believe
 even though we have not seen.
That is the heart of the matter-
The Gospel is not about us. 
It's all about Jesus.
As we go about in the world 
we can share that same greeting-
Peace be with you!
The world is hungry for that!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Griffin is Five

Celebrating that Griffin is Five.
Oh excuse me- 
this is a party for Darth.
I was able to be with Griffin
 to open the special gift.
What fun to see the delight of
an appreciated gift.
There was a theme going on
 for the food too-

even Carbonate Jello.
 right top- Light saber run and play
right bottom- practicing a whole hand age visual
bottom left- getting the darth look without mask
top left- our Griffin smile 
 Wow - that is a great looking cake 
with five candles.
Always fun with family and friends.
We give thanks for the blessings
 to Mr. Griffin these past 5 years.
Yes - keep on celebrating.
This fun little family just announced- 
baby #3 is due in August.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Enduring Word Bible- Believe

Enduring Word Bible-#44

John 20: 24-31
Jesus and Thomas
You know, the doubting guy.
Who I would have matched in a heartbeat.
This is crazy... 
Thomas believes his friends have added
 hallucinations to their mixed bag of life conditions.
All doors locked...check.
Jesus suddenly appears
the room with the disciples.
"Peace be with you."-well, 
that sounds like Jesus.
Directing Thomas to do the very thing
 he said he would need to do to believe.
Touch here, see here, put your hand here.
This is a game-changer.
This is my Jesus- my Lord and my God.
Things from here on out are 
gonna just have to be different.
No going back-
 Thomas believes.

Dear Lord,
Help me in all of the trust situations 
when I doubt who you are and
 the reality of your aliveness.
Lead me to see when things are blurry,
help me to put my hand in yours
 when I feel alone and scared.
Allow me the space to set aside my fears
 to shine the light in the darkness,
 that YOUR LIGHT casts away the shadows.
When I do not have the ability to trust
 and believe on my own accord, 
send me the power of the Holy Spirt
 to cling to you day and night.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Easter-The New Life Season

Easter Season
Signs of New Life
What are YOU seeing around 
your life that signals this time of year
 in growth and newness?
Make sure you take the time to notice the details.
The vibrant colors, the textures,
and combinations of colors. 
 What are you reading right now?
I am enjoying this book 
about the Easter story- 
and possible historical sites
 for the Crucifixion and Resurrection story
 in Jerusalem.
Even when there is debate over 
the actual place of these events-
 I rest assured that He is Risen- indeed!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Worship into the Week- Easter

 Worship into  the Week-
April 21, 2019 
Easter Sunrise Service
With in Awe.
Wait in Anticipation.
What in Wonder for Easter.
O death, where is your victory? 
O death, where is your sting?
 "He is not HERE,
but has risen."
Luke 24:6a
 Something so amazing
 it couldn't have been a hoax, 
or fine-tuned master plan
 to steal the body, or a "mistaken tomb."
Something so transformed the lives 
of the disciples that they would
 risk their own death because they 
were so certain about what they KNEW.
He is Risen!

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Blessings!

 Lent Calendar 2019
Calendar Design by Rachel Hinz
Devotional Reading-
The Saving Passion by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Lent Calendar 2019
Calendar Design by Pat Maier
Devotional Reading- 
A Wondrous Love by
  Henri J.M. Nouwen and C.S. Lewis

The Words and thoughts and journey of 
this Lenten season.
May Easter Joy and the 
hope of eternal life be your gift 
this Easter!
He is Risen!  
He is Risen indeed - Alleluia!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday

 Enduring Word Bible- #44
John 19:30
Good Friday.
It is finished.
The prelude before the
story continues. 
Enduring Word Bible- #45

Worship into the Week 
Good Friday
That we may not forget-
all that He accomplished perfectly.
That the path would be made clear.
Jesus completed a God-sized destiny.
Reflecting today on the Seven Words
 of Jesus on the cross.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday

 Enduring Word Bible- #43

Institution of the Lord's Supper
Mark 14:22-24
The actions-
eat, took, blessed, broke, gave,
thanks, gave, drank.
Poured out for many-
over the days, weeks, months and years until 
He comes again- by and for the faithful.

 Worship into the Week-
John 13:31-35
A New Commandment

To the glory of God,
 that He many be glorified.
I am with you yet a little while.
You will seek me.
You can't come where I am going -yet.
I give you a new commandment-
love one another as I have loved you.
All people will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.
John 13:1-20
Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

Time to go for Jesus-
he loved them to the end.
Jesus came from God
 and was going back to God.
He prepared and set about
 to wash the feet of his disciples.
Peter balks, Jesus reprimands,
Peter relents.
Jesus knows who will betray him.
I am Teacher and Lord-
but did you SEE what I did?
I have given you an example.
A servant is not greater than the master.
If you know these things,
blessed are you if you do them.
But, the Scripture will be fulfilled.
I tell you this now, before hand,
so when it happens- you will believe me.
You will see ME in those I send.

A servant-leader to the very end.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Enduring Word Bible- Servant

Enduring Word Bible- #43

Mark 10:35-45
The Request of James and John

Though this story isn't part of the readings
 for Holy Week, the servant hood topic
 sits front and center. 
Rulers, authority,
great and least.
Servant and served.
"For even the son of man 
came not to be served,
 but to serve and to give his life
 as ransom for many." v.45

This sentence is a foreshadowing 
of the events of Holy Week, 
for we now see the unfolding story
 of the ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus sent to live out a humble earthly life,
that I may be served with an eternal reward.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Worship into the Week- Hosanna

 Worship into the Week
Palm Sunday

John 12:

Sometimes when it is a story we know so well-
 we tend to overlook small details.
Read this section as you have time.

Some notes for us as Jesus followers:
When Jesus asks something of us- simply obey.
It may not make sense or we can't understand it.
We must be willing to give up 
our hold on things and possessions-
if the Lord has need of it.
We can receive praise humbly.
In life and ministry we may move
 from rejoicing to pain.
Sometimes they walk side by side.
Jesus is King, the Messiah,
and we are made to worship him. 
Lord, may all the things I do in my life
 continue to point the way to you.
May my life and actions bring blessing
to you. Amen.

Worship into the Week
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Enduring Word Bible-Zacchaeus

Enduring Word Bible - #42
Luke 19:1-10
Jesus and Zaccheus

Jesus is on his way way up to Jerusalem.
He enters Jericho.
He was just passing through 
since Jericho is on the way
 to Jerusalem from the Galilee.
We all know the song.
We have sung it since childhood.
This is a very old sycamore tree
 that stands right in the center of Jericho.
Of course, we had to stop 
and take a photo on one of our trips to Israel.
And yes, it wasn't this tree,
 but it stands as a reminder for us all.

Zaccheus brings us hope.
The cast out man who was despised
 by his own neighbors.
This is the the one Jesus
 wanted to spend time with that day.
Each of us in our dishonest, less-than lives
can find an open-arm welcome by Jesus.
Always, everyday.
"For the Son of Man came to seek
 and to see the lost."
How fitting that this story of Zaccheus
 opens the Holy Week journey.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring Strolling

So on a beautiful April morning
 we went strolling. 
Isaiah and Gigi.
Little guy is teething and sometimes
 it just helps to chop down on bunny's ear. 
And take a nap. 
We walked for about an hour and a half.
Talking to birdies...
barking back at the doggies.
 We had a snack.
We walked some more.
Looked for pink and yellow
 and we smelled a few along the way.
We looked at the blue sky through pink.
We picked some lilacs
 in the yard and smelled them.
Oh there is nothing like
 the smell of those lilacs.
And we set a date 
for another spring stroll.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Enduring Word Bible- Cornerstone

Enduring Word Bible- #41

Luke 20: 9-18
The Parable of the Wicked Tenant

We know this type of farming arrangement 

was common in Galilee.
The first listeners of Jesus would remember 
the connection of the vineyard 
and Old Testament readings in Isaiah. 
Here the vinedressers were the religious leaders
 among the Jewish people.
We also see God's incredible patience
 in dealing with the rebels, 
but a warning there will be a day of reckoning. 
The leaders see the connection to beloved Son 
and heir in Jesus.
The religious leaders saw the themselves
 implicated immediately and were indignant.
Then Jesus uses a Psalm 118 connection
 with the coming Messiah to Jerusalem.
Jesus goes from hosanna greetings 
to the Messianic stone rejection.
The cornerstone was the essential stone
 to any structure and 
Jesus is referred to as 
the rock or stone in the Bible.
The power of the stone shows 
both the ability to break- 
to crush our pride and self-will,
 and to destroy and crush in judgment
those who refuse to come to the rock.
It is easy to sit back and point 
to the Jewish leaders 
with their hardened hearts-
 and feel this isn't about me.
But, each and every day there are pieces
 of my hardened heart 
that must see the light of Gospel 
repentance and hope.
Pieces that need the force of rock
 to break in order for the healing to truly happen.
Pieces that need light to cast out the shadows.

Lord, Help me to remember that you
 are the cornerstone of my days and weeks.
Let me not move to wicked finger pointing
 and indignant belief that it is- not me.
May the Spirit keep my broken and contrite heart,
 that it may always seek
 to be mended by the Rock. Amen.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

You are Loved with a bit of Pink

 I flung the dogwood vintage tablecloth 
on the table and moved aside
 the booster seat and the dinosaurs.
Lovely reminders of a hectic
 and fun couple of weeks with the grands.
Thinking I just needed a bit of pink.
 I had set aside this time for gathering
 with two heart-friends. 
One walked through the door 
with a hand-picked bouquet 
from her garden.
Daffodils brimming over the edges 
spilling onto pink rhododendrons.
 We flitted across happenings and life 
and children and grands and hopes and dreams.
And Challenges.
Wondering how we figure out 
the next right thing in life.
Cleaning out and downsizing 
and abundance and blessing. 
 Sharing stories over a gathered lunch 
spread out on old dishes from the stack.
 The melding of years of friendship 
and life directions and love and loss.
 United in the richness of the stories
 of our visual faith explorations.
how we have been changed
 Wondering what the Lord is up to next...
How do we see others?
How do we live as the bridges
 between those with and those in need?
Those who know Jesus and those who don't...
 Because we are loved..
because He first loved us.
  Yellow doesn't become brilliant
 until you add in the pink.
 That might be outside
 my comfort zone.
 When we walk singly-
life roads are a bit daunting.
When jumbled up together in the mess-
it becomes something beautiful.
Trusting as we 
do the next right thing.
                                                                     (Valerie Weiner art cards)

So a deep breath time today-
to rest- because I am loved.
The undeserved, unearned, 
grace-filled love of Jesus- 
and friends to share it with...
Who might YOU gift
 with that blessing?

                                 We love because he first loved us.
                                                  1John 4:19