Sunday, September 15, 2019

Worship Prayers Sept. 8

CENTERING PRAYER


Weaver of life, framer of the ages, we marvel at your artistry and the trust you place in us. From our first cries to our final breaths, we are your own. Bind us now to each other in ways beyond our choosing, that your purpose might find fulfillment in our common life and service, for we pray in the name of Jesus, the firstborn of all creation. Amen.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Give thanks to the Lord!
We will sing God’s praises!
Seek the Lord and discover God’s strength.
We continually seek God’s presence in our lives.
Remember all the wonderful things God has done.
Let us worship our God together!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, we confess we fail to put our trust in you completely. Instead, we calculate our gains and losses,hoarding the things that do not lead to abundant life. Forgive us, and help us to treasure only you, that we may follow you faithfully and discover the blessings only you can give. (Silent Confession)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Scripture September 14, 15

Luke 15:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
Good Shepherd
by 
Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Daily Prayer Sept. 13.

"My word shall accomplish that which I purpose," says the Lord, "and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

Daily Readings for Friday, September 13, 2019


Eternal God, as we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, so give us the grace of repentance that we may pass through the grave with him and be born again to eternal life, for he is the One who was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again for us, Jesus our Savior. Eternal God, you sent us a Savior, Christ Jesus, to break down the walls of hostility that divide us. Send peace on earth, and put down greed, pride, and anger, which turn nation against nation and race against race. Speed the day when wars will end and the whole world accepts your rule. God of mercy, you are full of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in mercy, and always ready to forgive. Grant us grace to renounce all evil and to cling to Christ, that in every way we may prove to be your loving children. (Add your prayers.) Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Presbyterian Women Brunch

Presbyterian Women "kick off" each programming year with a brunch. Every woman in the church is called on the phone and invited.  The theme this year was "Ewe Light Up My Life".  With entertainment, fellowship, prayer and inspiration from Donna Schiro on The 23rd Psalm, it was a great way to begin the year.  Thanks to the P W Board but especially to Mary Beth Powell who is "wooly" creative.










Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remembering

God of the selfless,
God of the strong and the brave,
Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous
To those who died in service to others because of
The 9/11 attacks on the Unites States.
May their dedication to protecting life serve as a shining lamp of love
And the works of their hands bring us all merit in heaven.
Bless the souls of all who have died to save others,
Civilians and professionals,
The trained and the untrained,
In every age and in every land,
Men and women who answered the call of honor, duty and service.
May their memories be sanctified with joy and love.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.



Remembering those who are still suffering from this day. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bro Time

I confess, even after many years of cheering on my children’s soccer games from the sidelines, I still know very little about the sport. I think in some places it’s called football. You’re not supposed to use your hands, except when you are. And it’s the sport that David Beckham used to play. Come to think of it, maybe that last one is the most important thing I know about soccer.
But in spite of my total lack of understanding, my children have continued to play, no doubt because it keeps them connected to their late father. He coached their teams, served as an assistant coach to their teams and even played himself in an adult league. In their eyes, he was David Beckham. Which made it even harder when I had to tell my 12-year-old son I couldn’t make it to his upcoming game.
I had registered my 9-year-old daughter for a dance clinic at the same time, and I couldn’t get them both dropped off. It’s a dilemma I’ve faced countless times since becoming a single parent, and unless Scotty perfects his teleportation beam, it’s one I’ll probably be facing for many years to come. It wasn’t the first time, it won’t be the last, and yet, the guilt remains the same.
I offered him two compromises, however. I could ask our friend, Mr. B, if he could ride there with him, since he oversees the league in which my son plays. He would need to plan to be there a little bit early, but Mr. B has been known to make legendary biscuits and gravy, so perhaps he could be persuaded to hang out with Josh before his game started and share breakfast. The second option was that I could let my son’s coach know that Josh would have to miss the game due to a scheduling conflict and he could spend the morning with me.
“Well, I could use a little ‘bro time,’” my son responded.
“Okay, so you’d like to go to the game with Mr. B?”
“No, I meant ‘bro time’ with you, Mom. And maybe we could get some PSLs while we wait for Isabella to get finished with dance?”
Over the past year, my son and I have started to schedule monthly “bro time.” We also occasionally refer to it as “broskis’ night” or “fun with the brosephs.” While I’m not sure what type of activities officially qualify as “bro time,” I’ve always pictured something akin to the antics in “The Hangover.” Our “bro time,” however, typically consists of eating lots of meat, shopping for books, listening to the Beach Boys and discussing which WWE stars are rumored to be turning heel. Given that this month’s “bro time” will fall on a Saturday morning, it will probably include a quick trip to the farmers’ market, followed by a rigorous discussion of politics and religion over coffee before we pick up his little sister. In short, it will probably be the most rewarding two hours of my month. And it was completely unexpected.
Those who have survived a setback or loss know that the effects are permanent; after a few months, or even years, the dust appears to have settled, the rubble has been cleared, but the cracks in our spirits remain. As a single parent, one of the biggest cracks has been figuring out how to raise our children on my own, how to keep up with all the activities, how to be in two (and sometimes three!) places at once, and how to be both a mother and a father. I find myself sending panicked texts to my male friends, like, “He wants to know when he’ll be old enough to start shaving?!?,” and “Help! He’s freaking out because he has to go to a pool party but he doesn’t have six-pack abs!” While my friends are always kind enough to indulge my latest panic attack with an honest, sensible response, ultimately it’s up to me to figure out how to work around those cracks left behind by my husband’s death.
Shortly after losing Jeff, I read an article about a Japanese method of filling broken bowls. Rather than repairing the bowl in a way that would conceal the cracks, or even simply discarding it, the bowl would be carefully pieced back together with gold. The end result was something stronger, more valuable and much more beautiful than the bowl as it had existed in its original form.
Perhaps the same is true of our broken spirits. It’s not about avoiding cracks or hiding them from others. It’s about filling them in such a way as to make us stronger. To add value to our spirits. To transform our flawless, cookie-cutter lives into a unique, breathtaking work of beauty.

Kathy Deters

Monday, September 9, 2019

Discover St. Mark Sunday

Pastor Dave Burgess


Various groups and committees had tables in the Narthex this past Sunday to publicize, recruit and answer questions about what we do.  Despite the very rainy morning, the turn-out and participation was great. Below is our writing group---we write, share and are inspired and encouraged by others in the group.

 Communications Committee is responsible for web site, blog, twitter, Facebook, newsletter and bulletin editing.  Next, is Loren with the Personnel Committee and Nina with Fellowship.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Worship Prayers for Sept. 1

CENTERING PRAYER

Faithful God, in Jesus you show us that humility and hospitality have the power to transform our world. Give us the grace to love those things that please you and the courage to live them to your glory. Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP

God calls us to service,                                              
rather than honor.
God call us to love the unknown,
rather than the familiar.
We come to this time of worship,
trusting in the grace of Jesus Christ,
who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Let us worship our God together!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord, all we have is a gift from you, yet we do not live lives of gratitude. We ignore strangers and turn away from those in need. We seek honor for ourselves and allow pride to take root in us. Forgive our foolish ways, O God, and restore us to you, that we may walk in the way of love. (Silent Confession)

SERMON: "A Little Madness" Click here.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Scripture September 7, 8

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Psalm 139:13-18 New International Version (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me
New International Version (NIV)
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Photo by Carlo Navarro on Unsplash

Friday, September 6, 2019

Daily Prayer Sept. 6

Friday:

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. God of all times and places, in Jesus Christ, lifted up on the cross, you opened for us the path to eternal life. Grant that we, being born again of water and the Spirit, may joyfully serve you in newness of life and faithfully walk in your holy ways. God of all joy, fill our souls to overflowing with the fullness of your grace. Lord, remind us of your triumph over the tragedy of the cross, and your victory for us over the powers of sin and death, so that we may reflect your glory as disciples of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. (Add your prayers.) Amen.
With God's help and love may your lives be blessed and your labors fruitful as you offer yourselves gladly in the service of our common Lord.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.