Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Clergy Corner: Kicking the Can

Kicking the Can
Last Wednesday sitting in a hotel restaurant having dinner with my husband, I noticed a TV tuned into CNN broadcasting the vote to end the government shut down. What caught my attention was a man waving a tin can around. They were talking about how this vote by our senate and house just kicks the can a few months down the road. How many of us just kick the can down the road? 

One of my favorite books in the bible is Joshua. If you get a chance, ask me about it. However a verse at the end of the chapter where it says “Choose this day whom you will serve…” is what I want to focus on. Joshua is telling the people it is time to choose.  

How many of us kick the can down the road when it comes to following God? Do you put off choosing to follow God because it is inconvenient? Do you put off choosing to follow God because it is costly of money, of time, of pride, etc? Do you put off choosing to follow God because it isn’t the popular thing to do? Do you put off choosing to follow God because you aren’t sure? 

Revelation 3:15-16 says “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are look warm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” God wants us to make a decision of whether to follow or not. A colleague of mine puts it this way “A man with a foot in two boats splits his pants or gets wet.” We are to stop kicking the can down the road, and choose.
I ask you to make the same decision that Joshua asked the Israelites. Joshua 24: 14-15 “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, We will serve the LORD.”

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jesus Gives Himself to Us

From Henri Nouwen Society

Jesus Gives Himself to Us

When we invite friends for a meal, we do much more than offer them food for their bodies.  We offer friendship, fellowship, good conversation, intimacy, and closeness.   When we say:  "Help yourself ... take some more ... don't be shy ... have another glass," we offer our guests not only our food and our drink but also ourselves.  A spiritual bond grows, and we become food and drink for one another other.

In the most complete and perfect way, this happens when Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as food and drink.  By offering us his Body and Blood, Jesus offers us the most intimate communion possible.  It is a divine communion.

ReBlog: 9 lessons for New Christians... and Old Ones (Thom S. Rainer)

Some of these lessons this morning were a great reminder for me. Hopefully these lessons will help you too.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Power of Your Hands

From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado

September 14
But those who do right will continue to do right, and those whose hands are not dirty with sin will grow stronger. Job 17:9

   What is someone were to film a documentary on your hands? What if a producer were to tell your story based on the life of your hands? What would we see? As with all of us, the film would begin with an infant's first, then a close-up of a tiny hand wrapped around mommy's finger. Then what? Holding on to a chair as you learned to walk?...
   Were you to show the documentary to your friends, you'd be proud of certain moments: your hands extending with a gift, placing a ring on another's finger, doctoring a wound, preparing a meal... And then there are other scenes... Hands taking more often than giving, demanding instead of offering...
   Oh, the power of our hands. Leave them unmanaged and they become weapons: clawing for power, strangling for survival, seducing for pleasure. But manage them and our hands become instruments of grace- not just tools in the hands of God, but God's very hands.

Sermon: Worship Through Offering

Sermon from Sunday, September 22, 2013
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Worship Through Communion

Sermon from Sunday, October 6, 2013
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11: 17-34