The Daily: Saturday December 20, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (NRSV, The Message); Judges 13:2-24 (NRSV, The Message); John 7:40-52  (NRSV, The Message)

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Friday December 19, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Samuel 6:12-19 (NRSV, The Message); Hebrews 1:5-14  (NRSV, The Message)

Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!
I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
how you built the cosmos
and guaranteed everything in it.      Psalm 89:1-2 (The Message)

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Thursday December 18, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Samuel 6:1-11 (NRSV, The Message); Hebrews 1:1-4  (NRSV, The Message)

Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!
I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
how you built the cosmos
and guaranteed everything in it.      Psalm 89:1-2 (The Message)

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son… Hebrews 1:1 (NRSV)

 

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Wednesday December 17, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 125 (NRSV, The Message); Malachi 3:16-4:6 (NRSV, The Message); Mark 9:9-13  (NRSV, The Message)

Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.       Malachi 4:5-6 (NRSV)

They are always there. Sometimes they are hard to find. They are tucked in amongst the judgement. Sometimes you have to read just a bit further. But even amidst the most apocalyptic passages of scripture, God’s grace peaks through. Here, Elijah comes and “turns the hearts.” God is much more interested in relationship with us than judging us. What the ancients did not understand is that we only judge ourselves.

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Tuesday December 16, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 125 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Kings 2:9-22 (NRSV, The Message); Acts 3:17 – 4:4  (NRSV, The Message)

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” (2 Kings 2:9-10 NRSV)

Spoiler alert: he got it, he got the double portion. Or, as Eugene Peterson interprets it, Elijah’s power was “repeated” in Elisha, giving him at least as much power as Elijah. Maybe we don’t get what we need and/or want because we do not ask for it. As we become involved in what God is doing in our world are we confident that God will give us resources we need?

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Monday December 15, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 125 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Kings 18:1-18 (NRSV, The Message); Ephesians 6:10-17  (NRSV, The Message)

For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NRSV)

For those in justice work or in spiritual work in the public sphere or just in our day-to-day lives and relationships, I believe this is an important verse to remember. We’re not fighting against people, against flesh and blood. We’re fighting against “the cosmic powers of this present darkness.” There are systems, attitudes, prejudices, injustices that keep people subjugated and that get our dander up. However, it is always so important not to project that on to people – it is never helpful, usually harmful and ineffective.

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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Joy

You can find the bulletin here.

Lake Worth Holiday Parade

We had a great evening at the 2014 Lake Worth Holiday Parade. Over 30 of us rode, walked (well, jogged) handed out candy canes and invitations to our church. We are already looking forward to next year! If you have any additional pictures, send them to pastorjason@lakeworthchurch.org or post them to our Facebook page!

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The Daily: Saturday December 13, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 126 (NRSV, The Message); Habakkuk 3:13-19 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 21:28-32  (NRSV, The Message)

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom
    and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten
    and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
    and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
    I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
    I take heart and gain strength.
I run like a deer.
    I feel like I’m king of the mountain! (Habakkuk 13:17-19, The Message)

Even when it doesn’t seem that we have what we need, doesn’t that God is coming through for us, there is a place where we can find joy. Our circumstance may not be what we would like, the world might not be where we think it should be, but we still rejoice in God. It is God that is steadfast; it is God that we know will ultimately come through for us. When we set our eyes there, we can find our joy no matter what is going on around us.

 

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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The Daily: Friday December 12, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 126 (NRSV, The Message); Habakkuk 3:2-6 (NRSV, The Message); Philippians 3:12-16  (NRSV, The Message)

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.  (Philippians 3:12-14, The Message)

Wow, I could have written this myself…on my good days anyway. It’s the cry of my heart. It is what I want to live into. I also have this crazy idea that as we embrace this call on our lives, as we accept this invitation together, we can encourage and cheer one another on as participants in our local faith community.

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells

Bereavement: Rob Corson

 

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