Wednesday, February 28, 2007
IT seemed inappropriate to only do this topic orally so I have arranged to borrow a projector and use the PowerPoint. The slides are very basic, and the bulletin is done as per usual as well so people will have the choice of which to read. All the ads from the campaign will be shown (that may be a mistake) and we will look at the website. First time PowerPoint has been used in worship here.
Wonder what the reaction will be?? Mind you it isn't like I rearranged the chairs or something drastic like that.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
DUst and ashes touch our face,
mark our failure and our falling.
Holy Spirit come, walk with us tomorrow,
take us as disciples
washed and wakened by our calling
"Dust and Ashes Touch Our Face" 1986 Brian Wren. #105 in Voices United verse 1
Ashes. Pale, grey, nondescript. Ashes. That is how our Lenten journey begins. We take the remnants of last years triumphant palms and turn them from signs of joy into pale grey nondescript ashes.
As we look at the ashes we remember to confess those times we have slipped in our attempts to be the people GOd would have us be. We "mark our failure and our falling" as we rub the grey powder between our fingers. We remember and we recommit ourselves to try again.
As we look at the ashes we are reminded of the old words "Remember you are dust and to dust you shalll return". SOme of the ashes in our life are signs of bitterness, signs of mortality and destruction. And so we remember this year our brothers and sisters in Nipigon, left to watch as the town's main empoyer was reduced to ashes. We remember all who have placed caskets and urns into the ground to the refrain of "ashes to ashes, dust to dust". AShes mix with tears to become a pasty mess, ready to mark our lives.
ANd yet ashes are also a sign of hope. The ashes of the forest fire provide a rich bed for the new forest to start growing. The legendary phoenix is only able to be refreshed after the fire, then to rise again from the ashes. From the fire of destruction can come hope, as again we remember our sisters and brothers in Nipigon with the promise of rebuilding.
The world around us is ful of ashes. The ashes of burnt out souls. The ashes of burned up dreams and hopes. The ashes of regret and repentance. But amidst all the ashes and fear and depression lies a promise. "From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring". The Lenten journey takes us to Jerusalem and destruction. But beyond that lies the hope of resurrection and new life.
Dust and ashes choke our tongue
in the wasteland of depression.
Holy Spirit come, walk with us tomorrow,
through all gloom and grieving
to the paths of resurrection
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands
bring us living water, Holy SPirit come.
"Dust and Ashes Touch Our Face" 1986 Brian Wren. #105 in Voices United verse 3 and refrain
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
|You Are Bert|
Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!
You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you
You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil
How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others
March 11: The Church In the World: Witness/Testimony
March 18: The Church In the World: IN But Not OF
March 25: The Church In the World: Poverty and Wealth
Now I just need a clue about hymns (not to mention the content of the actual sermons)...
Cross posted at Riverview Rolls On
Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!
Ultimate Bible Quiz
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Truly it is a fairly elementary level quiz. No way I would get 100% on a real test.
Hat tip to Richard
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Dad: TIme to sleep...silence....time to go to sleep now
CHild Whispers: I already sleeping (with a faint grin on her face).
Seriously, I had to almost run to the other room so I wouldn't burst out laughing.
Truly it was quite adorable.
Left last thursday for a week of study leave--well 9 days of leave, 6 of which were spent on the highway. HAd thought I might hotel blog while travelling but that would mean I had time to do so....
Everyone had a great time and the event was well worth going to. Now just have to collect my thoughts about it into a sermon for tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
This mornign the Catholic School was having an observation day so mom and daughter went over. THe one big reason we may use this school is that it is literally just down the block and therefore easier to walk to. NOw here's the kicker. ALthough I walked there in under 5 minutes our children would be eligible to be bussed to that school unitl they are 7. Even better, when we suggest that we think it important that the kids walk to school people ask "why would you make them walk? THe bus will come right by and pick them up"
In related news...childhood obesity rates in North America are soaring. Nah, that couldn't be related could it???
Monday, February 05, 2007
In other news. The new laptop is "vista capable" and came with a free upgrade. ANyone hear what Vista is like to actually use?
Sunday, February 04, 2007
CALL TO WORSHIP
The organ plays a Prelude, the choir sings an Introit,
And we come together to worship.
The first hymn is announced and we stand to sing,
And the Spirit of God moves in our hearts and voices.
Here in this place we raise our voices in song together,
Here in this place we worship God in story and song.
Singing God, you invite us to join in the song
But we are afraid that our voices are too thin.
You challenge us to sing of justice and truth
And we prefer to listen to the lovely music.
You fill our hearts with hopeful lyrics and uplifting tunes
But still we are afraid that our singing will not be good enough.
Help us, O God, to sing the Lord’s song no matter what strange land we find ourselves in,
Help us to loose our tongues in joyful praise and sorrowful lament. Help us to sing with vigour, to sing lustily.
…time of silent prayer…
God calls even the most reluctant singers to join the choir. God refreshes us and inspires us to join with many who have gone before and sing:
We shall overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Oh deep in my heart, I do believe.
We shall overcome someday
The Amens are sung, the organ plays a postlude,
And the people go out from worship into the world.
We go with the Music of God in our hearts, the Rhythm of God in our steps,
We go to sing God’s song in many keys, in many styles, and in many places.
As we take the next steps in the Dance of Life,
We do so knowing that God: the Dancer, the Singer, the Song itself, is with us in each and every note. Amen.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
- Share, if you wish, the biggest change you experienced this past year. Well there was that whole "birth of a third child" thing...
- Talk about a time you changed your mind about something, important or not. When I was in third year University our minister asked my mother if I had ever considered ministry. We all had a good laugh. 12 months later I was visiting the UCCan Chaplain at the UofA to ask about the candidacy process...
- Bishop John Shelby Spong wrote a controversial book called "Why Christianity Must Change or Die." Setting aside his ideas--what kind of changes would you like to see in the Church? I did some writing about this in October 2005. See here and here. Looking back, I will stick with those thoughts (and could probably come up with some more).
- Have you changed your hairstyle/hair color in the last five years? If so, how many times? Not intentionally. But the top of my head seems to be changing from blond/light brown to flesh toned. AS for style, well I tried it once in junior high--didn't work, my hair is firmly set as to how it wants to lie.
- What WERE they thinking with that New Coke thing? You got me. But Malcolm Gladwell discusses the event as part of his discussion around making fast decisions (actually talking about the famed "taste tests" that Pepsi was doing) in Blink
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Now the question is do I buy it this summer in hardcover or wait an extra year till the paperback comes out????