The Daily: Tuesday September 2, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 5:1 – 6:13 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18 (NRSV, The Message); Revelation 3:7-13 (NRSV, The Message)

 Pharaoh took immediate action. He sent down orders to the slave-drivers and their underlings: “Don’t provide straw for the people for making bricks as you have been doing. Make them get their own straw. And make them produce the same number of bricks—no reduction in their daily quotas! They’re getting lazy. They’re going around saying, ‘Give us time off so we can worship our God.’ Crack down on them. That’ll cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies.” Exodus 5:6-9 (The Message)

Moses went to Pharaoh. Not only did Pharaoh blow him off, but he made life harder for the slaves. Now they would be finding their own straw for the bricks, and boy were they upset with Moses. Moses followed God’s instructions. At first, not only was there no success, he appears to have made matters worse. God’s solution? Go tell Pharaoh to let the people go.

When we know we are participating in God’s plan, we have the strength to be consistent. If it doesn’t work out exactly the way we thought, we step up again. We are not controlled by our circumstances, but by the call of God on our life. That is where our security lies.

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson

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Here I Am

The Daily: Monday September 1, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 4:10-31 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18 (NRSV, The Message); Revelation 3:1-6 (NRSV, The Message)

But Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.” But he said, “O my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:10-14 (NRSV)

The other side of call is us being afraid or not wanting to do what God has called us to do. I can’t count how many times it has gone through my head, even if it hasn’t passed over my lips, “Oh my Lord,” (reflecting sufficient piety) “please send someone else.” God is not going to call us to something that God will not equip us to do. When God calls, we have the opportunity, the responsibility to move.

“Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there’s life in you yet. But I wouldn’t know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God’s work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears—grasp it again and turn back to God.”  Revelation 3:2 (The Message)

Sometimes I notice in my life that when I don’t want to respond to what God has called me to, I engage in all sorts of wonderful busy work, looking good, looking holy, but never quite getting around to what God has called me to do. We do that as churches as well, we do stuff, so busy that we sometimes cannot hear what God is calling us to.

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson

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Choir Rehearsal Resumes

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In just a few weeks our choir will be resuming for the season. They rehearse at 7:00 PM on Monday nights to share music and help lead our congregation in worship on Sunday mornings. Bruce Linser directs the group, made up of some that can read music, others that follow along, all of whom enjoy making music together. See Bruce Linser or just join us Monday, September 8th at 7:00 PM.

CROS Food Drive

We are collecting food for Christians Reaching Out to Society. C.R.O.S. Ministries collaborates with people of different faiths and organizations to create solutions to the unmet needs of people in our community. We collect food for them twice a year.

This month we are setting a goal of collecting 75 bags of food for CROS.

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese , Rice, Tuna Fish, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Beans

Bring a bag (or three!) with you this Sunday!

SpirtKidz Explore Peace

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Our SpiritKidz elementary Sunday school class just wrapped up a month learning about peacemaking and getting to know some peacemakers of the Bible. From Abraham to Jesus, they experienced the power of making peace.

SpiritKidz is for kindergarten through fifth grade. After the children’s story in the worship service they go to their own class with two trained, caring adults to engage scripture and spiritual concepts at an age-appropriate level.

The Daily: Saturday August 30, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 4:1-9 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 8:14-17 (NRSV, The Message)

These passages have drawn me into some conversation with God this morning.

“Then Moses answered, “But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’“ The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”” Exodus 4:1-2 (NRSV)

Moses: “What if they don’t listen?”     God: “What’s in your hand?”

This called life is simple, but it is not always easy. God has given us everything we need to accomplish what God has called us to do. However, we have to do it. What has God placed in your hand so that you can carry out what God has called you to do?

In our prayers: Joan Jones,  Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett. Bereavement: Sandra Burnham-Snyder, Walter Bailey

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The Daily: Friday August 29, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 3:16-25 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b (NRSV, The Message); 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 (NRSV, The Message)

These passages have drawn me into some conversation with God this morning.

“Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’  Exodus 3:16-17 (The Message)

God has a plan. The entire history of the Hebrew people hinges on one man, Moses’s hearing and following the instruction of the Divine. Wow, no pressure there! When you listen to the voice of God, what are you being told? “Oh,” we might say, “that doesn’t matter!” It matters as much as God’s instruction to Moses. It always, always begins with one person.

In our prayers: Joan Jones,  Mark Stanford, Sophie Brandt, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett. Bereavement: Sandra Burnham-Snyder, Walter Bailey

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Richard Rohr’s thought on contemplative prayer in his daily meditation are also worth the read today.

The Daily: Thursday August 28, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 2:23-24 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b (NRSV, The Message); Ephesians 5:1-6 (NRSV, The Message)

These passages have drawn me into some conversation with God this morning.

God listened to their groanings. God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. Exodus 2:24 (The Message)

I’m wondering how this  scene played out. Had God forgotten his covenant? “Oh yeah, that people – I forgot about that time I personally told Abraham that I would make of his people a great nation, now they’re in forced labor. I better get on that.” I don’t know. But it reminds me of the importance of me being consistently with God in prayer, pouring out my heart. I honestly don’t believe I have to remind God that I am am here, but…?

Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.   Ephesians 5:4 (The Message)

I don’t gossip. It’s destructive. But, I have to be honest, I talk dirty every once in a while and I talk silly even more often. I don’t know if it would be possible – or desirable for those around me – for my speech to always be filled with gratitude and grace. There is the shadow side of me that is silly and a little dirty. Jung would say that is part of what makes me who I am. However, Paul is wise to remind the early church – and me – that our words are powerful. They are important.

In our prayers: Joan Jones,  Mark Stanford, Sophie Brandt, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett. Bereavement: Sandra Burnham-Snyder, Walter Bailey

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The Daily: Wednesday August 27, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Exodus 2:15b-22 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 8 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 26:6-13  (NRSV, The Message)

The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, filling the troughs and watering their father’s sheep. When some shepherds came and chased the girls off, Moses came to their rescue and helped them water their sheep.   Exodus 2:16-17 (The Message)

While Moses didn’t always didn’t always respond appropriately, we see in his life the impulse to defend others. What a great quality for a leader. Later he would defend the people of Israel to God God’s self!

Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
whales singing in the ocean deeps.
   Psalm 8:5-6 (The Message)

This is a beautiful Psalm, especially as rendered by Eugene Peterson in The Message translation. “Yet we’ve s narrowly missed being Gods.”

In our prayers: Joan Jones,  Mark Stanford, Sophie Brandt, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett. Bereavement: Sandra Burnham-Snyder, Walter Bailey

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