The Daily: Friday April 24, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 23 (NRSV, The Message); Genesis 46:28—47:6  (NRSV, The Message); Acts 4:1-4 (NRSV, The Message)

 

 

Joseph then spoke to his brothers and his father’s family. “I’ll go and tell Pharaoh, ‘My brothers and my father’s family, all of whom lived in Canaan, have come to me. The men are shepherds; they’ve always made their living by raising livestock. And they’ve brought their flocks and herds with them, along with everything else they own.’   Genesis 4:31-32 (The Message)

Great reminder that the image of shepherd wasn’t pulled out of the air. The people of Israel would have been intimately acquainted with the image of shepherd, from their daily lives and from their history.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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The Daily: Thursday April 23, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 23 (NRSV, The Message); Genesis 30:25-43 (NRSV, The Message); Acts 3:17-46 (NRSV, The Message)

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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The Daily: Wednesday April 22, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 150 (NRSV, The Message); Proverbs 9:1-6 (NRSV, The Message); Mark 16:9-18 (NRSV, The Message)

“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”    Proverbs 9:4-6

 

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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The Daily: Wednesday April 15, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 135 (NRSV, The Message); Isaiah 26:1-15 (NRSV, The Message); Mark 12:18-27 (NRSV, The Message)

Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? Mark 12:24

Jesus is so forward here: “Is this not the reason your are wrong?” There are so many ways of knowing, so many ways of ordering our lives. All have their positive aspects and gaps. I believe it is at least worth the experiment, the testing of seeing our lives through the lens of the power of God active and real in our midst.

I partner with God in living and in serving. I engage scripture and know the power of God.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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The Daily: Tuesday April 14, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 135 (NRSV, The Message); Daniel 6:1-28 (NRSV, The Message); 1 John 2:12-17 (NRSV, The Message)

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.  1 John 2:15-17 (The Message)

The wanting – it is so pervasive and so powerful. My own way, my own stuff, my own importance – YES! More please! But it doesn’t satisfy. There is so much wisdom here. Understanding and responding to what God wants is a path to freedom through the wilderness of wanting.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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The Daily: Monday April 13, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 135 (NRSV, The Message); Daniel 3:1-30 (NRSV, The Message); 1 John 2:3-11 (NRSV, The Message)

If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.

Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.            1 John 2:4-6, 9-11 (The Message)

At some point, what we proclaim, what we talk about, what we sing about, needs to play out in our lives. Questions aren’t necessarily bad – “What commandments do we follow? Which are no longer binding? Who is my brother and sister?” – unless we ask them to shield ourselves from fully engaging the Jesus path. “Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.” So simple, so difficult.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. 

 

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Farewell Party for Faustina

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On May 3rd following the worship service, we will gather to celebrate our favorite Ghanian, Faustina Appiah. Tina will be traveling back home to Ghana the following week so will gather to remember and celebrate her time with us. Join us!

Breathing Underwater

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Beginning Wednesday evening, May 13th at 7:00 PM, we will gather together to discuss Father Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Underwater.

In Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, Rohr describes how the Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program is America’s most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality.

In this exploration, Richard draws parallels between Christian principles and AA’s Twelve Steps, connecting AA’s Big Book with the Gospel. This material draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those close to them, as well as to those who counsel people recovering from or living with an addiction.

Richard offers encouragement and inspiration to survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction by learning to “breathe under water.”

We will discuss the book and how to put it’s concepts into practice as well as watching videos of Father Richard’s teaching on the subject.

You can read a review of the book here.

Women’s Retreat 2015

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On Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, many of the women of our church spent the weekend at Duncan Conference Center for a retreat on prayer. They watched a movie, “The Letter Writer,” talked about prayer, walked the labyrinth, and spent time getting to know one another. Special thanks to Janet Lisle who organized and facilitated the retreat.

Gleaning April 2015

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On Saturday morning April 11, 2015, you are invited to join us in our second group gleaning day of the year with C.R.O.S. Ministries. Gleaning is the ancient, biblical practice of picking produce from a field that has already been harvested. Less than grocery-store-perfect peppers, cucumbers, and corn are picked, boxed and distributed to the hungry in Palm Beach County. We will not know until the week before where we will be gleaning. If you are interested in participating, contact Ginny Somerville, Janet Lisle, or email us to let us know you will be participating.