Monday Morning Meditation 10-25-21

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.  Psalm 122:1-2

Have you been to the “House of the Lord” lately?  I do not specifically mean have you been to live worship in the sanctuary, however, have you participated in worship (even online?).

Worship is important.  It is one of the most important things we do.  After all of our jobs are no longer valid, after all our extra-curricular activities are done, after all sports, games and anything else are in our history, we will be worshipping God (see Revelation 4).

One of the greatest gifts that we have received in this horrendous time of Covid is online worship.  While some churches had already done online, many of the smaller churches (like ours) were “forced” into it, and for that I am glad. I’ve wanted some form on online presence for years and we have it. 

Are you regularly participating in worship?  This question has nothing to do with showing up Sunday morning at 10:30, rather asks if you are watching the church’s service.  You should be. 

As you go through your busy week, take a moment to click onto our weekly service.  Participate in worship, be fed by God, give your attention and grow.

You will not be disappointed.

Peace,

Pastor Bill

Monday Morning Meditation 10-18-21

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Do you need rest?  Do you need someone to lean on?  I do.  It has been a busy Fall (can you believe its mid-October already?).  Our school students are deep in their studies as well as after school activities, weekends are packed, the stores are already putting out Christmas decorations, and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Things are moving too fast.

On top of this are the many people having medical issues, tests, job stresses, family tensions and the rest.  We all need rest.

Fortunately, the Lord offers us that rest.  No, it may not be an extra night of sleep, but consider this; can you take 15 minutes today?  Just 15 minutes of silence, 15 minutes of meditation, 15 minutes of sitting in the Lord’s presence.  Get in a comfortable place, shut off the phone and other distractions, read this scripture slowly, breathing the words in and out and then ask Jesus to give you that rest. You will be amazed at how just 15 minutes can change your day.

Peace,

Pastor Bill

Monday Morning Meditation 10-11-21

1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. Second Reading 1 Corinthians (13:1-3) 13:4-13

Recently I officiated a wedding and, as usual, read this passage.  Paul’s “Love Passage” is one of the most popular scriptures ever, and is read at many weddings.

But Paul did not write this for wedding ceremonies, rather to remind us all that servant love (Agape love) is the love Jesus had for us, and we should have for each other.  Servant love calls us to care for those in need.  Servant love calls us to be forgiving.  Servant love reminds us to not hold grudges.

Servant love is hard.  It is very hard.  But servant love is worth it, for it is the love of Christ.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Peace,

Pastor Bill