4/16/2015

10w for April 26th, Time, E4.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Time, E4. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Andra Moran from the CD Harmony Grove http://www.andramoran.com/store


10w for April 26th, Road Trip, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 26th, Road Trip, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: God Says it’s Time by Bryan Sirchio from the CD Something Beautiful For God http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

4/15/2015

10w for April 19th, Eat and Go, E3.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 19th, Eat and Go, E3. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: "Life is Bigger than Death" by Hans Peterson from the CD "A Time to Mourn.. A Time to Dance"  http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 19th, Eeeeeww, Gross, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 19th, Eeeeeww, Gross, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up.  The song for the day is: "Follow Me (87 times)" by Bryan Sirchio from the CD "Justice and Love"  http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

4/13/2015

Opening Litany based on Psalm 4


Worship Leader: Answer me when I call to you O Lord, give me relief from my distress

Congregation; Have mercy on me O God and hear my prayer.

Worship Leader: How long will the people of God turn glory into shame? How long will they love delusions and run after false gods? Know my children that the LORD has set you apart and called you as faithful servants.

Congregation: I will live my life knowing that the Lord hears me when I call. 

Worship Leader: Live in awe of the Lord and do not knowingly sin.  In the silence of the evening, search your hearts and know that you are a child of God. 

Congregation: We will offer our lives and our trust as a righteous offering unto the Lord. 

Worship Leader: Many spend their lives and energies asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”  If you want riches, let the light of God’s love shine upon you.

Congregation: Fill my heart with joy O Lord, for that is the abundance I seek. 

Worship Leader: In peace I will lie down and sleep this night.

Congregation: For the Lord alone will make us dwell in safety. 



Poem based on 3rd Sunday after Easter Luke 24:3-49

Among the living
stands one
who was
--and is
The Christ who came
to bring life
--only to taste death
Lives
Among our doubts
------and fears
--and hopes
that what we have heard is true
Christ Lives
amid the power structures
--that do not at all find
-----------surprises
----------------all that appealing
Christ lives
That we may know that
which has been said
--from the beginning,
God looked and said
--it is good.

Christ lives!

It's a gift



Sunday April 19th, Psalm 4: O Lord you have put gladness in our hearts more than when grain and wine abound. We will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make us lie down in safety. After all the hurrying around in life, we sometimes get to the point where we stop struggling to put our own stamp on life and let God be in charge. It is then we begin to see the riches that have been given to us. It is good to be thankful, but all too often we are only thankful for the frosting in life. It is when we realize that God has given us all that we have, all is a gift from God, all is given by grace, that we can live with gladness in our hearts. It is not just the frosting; it is the cake, and more often than not, the meat and potatoes where the true blessings lay.  When we slow down, look around, see the sights, look at the details, and nourish the relationships, that we see the hand of God in our lives.  Some say it is a gift that comes with age, others say it comes with trauma or some manner of facing death.  God calls you to live it now.  May you relish the gift today. 

Fathers day, this and every Sunday



Monday April 20th, 1 John 3: 1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it--we're called children of God! That's who we really are. I love my children. But to be honest, there are days I wonder why. Now that they have gotten older and on their own it is easier, but oh, even now, there are those days….. The bottom line however, I love them. That is who I am. We are called the children of God. I am sure there are lots of times when God is pretty disappointed, or at least just wants to go on vacation and get away from us all.  God loves us anyway. That is who God is. We are the children of God because we are loved and we are loved because we are the children of God. Don’t forget Mother’s day or Father’s day, it comes every Sunday when we gather, hear words of forgiveness, words of Gospel and hope, offer thanks and some understanding of how to do better, and of course, are fed.  There are times when I think warm Chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk might be a better symbol for communion.  This is my love poured out for you, welcome to the kitchen of God!   Smell the smells, feel the warmth, taste the goodness, comfort food, comfort love, comfort Gospel.  Take and eat in remembrance that you are all loved in the family of God.  

Grace is heaven in the midst of the slop



Tuesday April 21st, 1 John 3: 6 No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They've got him all backwards. Sin is not based on a list of do’s and don’ts, it is simply that which separates us from God. It may or may not include the Ten Commandments but the Ten Commandments surely does not include all the ways we manage to separate ourselves from God. When we find ourselves separated, as did the prodigal son at the pig trough, know that God is waiting right there for us, eyes searching the horizon waiting for some sign of return. The pig troughs of life do not separate us from the love of God; that love is always there.  It is just that all that slop makes it hard for Us to see. The slop gets in our eyes, clouds our vision, dulls our senses, and hampers our ability to see the beauty of God that surrounds us.  Rest assured, even standing in the middle of that slop, stinking to high heaven, God is right there with us telling us we are loved and calling us home. It’s called grace. 

The truth is love



Wednesday April 22nd, 1 John 3: 7 So, my dear children, don't let anyone divert you from the truth. It's the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Truth is not just a set of facts that we can know, rather truth is the relationships in which we live. To live in the truth does not mean that we always do everything right, or that we even should do everything “right,” or that we always live happy lives or that we are successful etc. etc. etc. Living in truth means that we live knowing we are loved by God and that nothing we have done, are doing, or will do, can break that bond of love, at least from God’s side. Living that truth is being in love with God and knowing you are loved by God. Don’t let anyone, or any doctrine, or any rules, or temptations, or any church, divert you from that truth. Know, deep down in your very being that you live in God’s love each and every moment of your life.  

Peace be with you where you are at



Thursday April 23rd, Luke 24: 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself. The truth is that Jesus comes to where we are in our lives, even if that where happens to be in hiding. When Jesus comes, he brings peace, shalom. When Jesus came to the disciples they were afraid. That is often the case with us also.  Last week we heard the story in John, this week in Luke, and they agree on the fear part. It is almost comical to imagine the disciples hiding in a room, doors locked, afraid there will be “that” knock on the door, when all of a sudden, without a knock, someone is standing in their midst breathing down their necks.  Oh, Jesus, you scared me, was most likely a proper response.  Jesus comes to where we are to calm our fears. No matter what is going on in our lives, the one thing we can be assured of is that we are never alone. The God of love is always by our side uttering words of shalom.  

Eat and run



Friday April 24th, Luke 24: 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. The story of the fish was meant to show that Jesus was not just an illusion or a ghost, but real flesh and blood. It is also a good metaphor for life as a follower of Christ. First, sit down and have a bite to eat together. Look around and know you are not alone, you are surrounded by the love of God in the presence of your brothers and sisters in Christ. From this point the disciples were sent out into the world to spread the good news. The Good news is not, “you can be saved if you…………….., it is, “you are saved because Christ already did…………….  Now that you don’t have to do anything, what are you going to do?  I suggest you sit down, eat with friends, and then go into the world and spread the good news refreshed. 

The Key? God loves us!



Saturday April 25th, Luke 24: 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. All of scripture is to be seen through the lens of the empty tomb. God has been reconciling us with the love of God since the beginning of time, and will continue long after time is no more. Through all the stories in the Old Testament that sometimes glorify human failure, and then attribute it to God, runs that thread of God’s faithfulness, and often times, our folly. Through all the stories in the New Testament runs the thread of God’s faithfulness and plan for the salvation of all creation.  God loves us!! Understand that, and you hold the key to scripture.

4/09/2015

10w for April 12th, Authority, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 12th, Authority, NL.   You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up.

10w for April 12th, RCL, Twins.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 12th, RCL, Twins.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up.

4/06/2015

Poem for 2nd Sunday in Easter John 20:19-31



I sit in darkness
late at night
the kids are asleep
quiet now
--after a day of fun
oblivious to the adult world
--as we have made it
of war and hate
and children very much like themselves
loved very much like themselves
without enough
--of their share
--to survive
I want to venture out
To help in this world
--of too much
----and not enough
but I often find myself
----------hiding
here in the darkness
----------comfort
-------------safety
of my own walls
when
--into this sanctuary
--of my
------awareness fear
comes a voice
----(peace)
of disturbing comfort
that seeks to destroy
------------my little kingdom
-------of what
--------------can
------------------I
--------------------do
-----------------------anyway walls
I am heralded again
----(peace)
from that voice of life
----(be with you)
I long to
--but wish not
------------hear
peace
in the midst of your world
and because of it
as the words still ring
------in my mind
I remember the one who came
To make all things new
And I long
--for that contact
that would take me by the hand
and lead me
--down the path of what will be
lead me
----(as the Father sent me)
somehow to show
--that Christ lives
show it to others
------and myself
Help me Lord to do thy will
----(I send you)
today




Opening Litany based on Psalm 133

Psalm 133
Worship Leader: How sweet, how wonderful when all of God’s creatures live together in harmony and unity.
Congregation: It is like precious abundance and peace filling the land.  A true gift from God for all of creation.
Worship Leader: It is like the life giving water in the land, nourishing all of creation with life. 
Congregation: it is the blessing of God for all creation.  


waiting

Sunday April 12th, John 20: 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you…. OK, now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  The disciples hid away in fear, hoping beyond hope they would not be next.  Jesus had other ideas.  Jesus has other ideas for us also.  Go, out into the world.  Go, out among the people.  Remember what Jesus said to the women at the tomb?  “Go tell the disciples I will meet them in Galilee, I will be out ahead of them in the world, I will be out ahead of them in life, I will be out ahead of them when they interact with friends, family, work and world.  Hiding behind the doors in the upper room or in the church building are not what the call is about.  The call is about getting out there and being the church in the world.  It is a world that needs you.  It is a world that needs grace.  It is a world in which Christ lives already, waiting for you to show up and do and be your part.  Peace be with you…. 

allows

Monday April 13th, John 20: 21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." OK, now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  Peace be with you, now get out there and forgive.  You will find that your brothers and sisters need that forgiveness.  If they look deep enough, they need that forgiveness.  We often skip along the surface in life, if we look down, just under the ice; there is all that garbage we might have to look at.  Forgiveness and acceptance thaws that ice and allows the garbage to be taken care of, allows lives to be cleaned, allows hearts to be whole.  Now that you don’t have to do anything, go in peace, forgive, and be the body of Christ in the world.  

study or plant

Tuesday April 14th, John 20: 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"  The disciples, like you and I most of the time, are still sitting around getting ready to go out there into the Galilee, the world, and bring the good news.  Now that they don’t have to do anything, they are choosing to do nothing, or holding meetings, or studying the situation, or playing church or something, anything except getting out there where Jesus is, in the Galilee, in the world.  Jesus comes to them as Jesus comes to us.  What Jesus does is to urge us to get out there into the world, into the Galilee.  Jesus has already been there.  The ground is fertile.  You are holding seeds in your hand.   Now that you don’t have to do anything are you going to study those seeds or plant them?   

check it out

Wednesday April 15th, John 20: " 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."  28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"  29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  Now that you don’t have to do anything, and realize that you haven’t done anything, you could either get out there into the Galilee, the world and plant those seeds or blame someone for you not planting those seeds in your hand.  The disciples give us a good example.  Unfortunately it is an example of what not to do..  They stand there and blame Thomas.  He will forevermore be the example of doubt in the world of people held up inside the four walls of Christian churches waiting for someone to blame for not being out there in the Galilee.  Doubt however, rather than being something evil, is the ants in the pants of faith, it gets it up and moving (Buechner, Wishful thinking). Perhaps it was Thomas’ doubt that got the disciples out into the world.  Perhaps it is your doubt that will be the true blessing that will get you to leave the four walls and go to where Jesus is waiting for you, in the Galilee, in the world.  

learning

Thursday April 16th, Acts 4: 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.  The Honda text, they were all in one accord.  More importantly, there had finally left the upper room and stopped blaming one another as to why they were still there.  The one accord thing is a start, but it is a myth.  It reminds me of a couple coming in for premarital counseling.  I ask them how they fight and they tell me they never fight.  I tell them I feel sorry for them and suggest they spend some time talking at a deeper level and come back after they have had a good fight and have figured out how they fight.  The church will never get along in one heart and mind, and it would be a scary aspect if they did.  But they are out of the room, infatuated with God and starting the long and painful process of learning to be the Body of Christ in the world.  

the soil is ready

Friday April 17th, Acts 4: 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. Now that they don’t have to do anything, they finally made it out to the Galilee.  Much grace was upon them all, the Lord had gone on ahead of them and prepared the soil for them.  Now that you don’t have to do anything in the post resurrection world, what will you do?  The seeds are in your hand, the soil is ready………….

enjoy the garden

Saturday April 18th, Acts 4: 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.  Not exactly the wonders of the unregulated free market is it?  Now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do?  As with most relationships, sometimes our reaction goes a bit overboard at first.  In time, if it is real, we settle into a more reasonable and sustainable pattern of relationships.  Whereas sharing everything equally, like a totally unregulated free market economy, may seem like lofty goals, reality has taught us, sometimes painfully, they are not sustainable goals.  Justice however is sustainable, legal justice, economic justice, keeping things fair, somewhat balanced, flexible and always with the good intentions of the other at heart, that is justice that can live on.  That is the fertile soil in which the seeds of grace can be planted and grow.   Now that you don’t have to do anything what are you going to do????? I suggest you work up a plot of land with some good justice, plant some seeds of grace and enjoy your garden.  

4/02/2015

10w for April 3rd, Good Friday.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 3rd, Good Friday.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: Break these Chains by Dakota Road from the CD, Break These Chains. http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Mark.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Mark. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: No Hands but Yours by Dakota Road from the CD Break These Chains. http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=4&pg=1

10w for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Matthew, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for April 5th, Easter Sunday, Matthew, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: Rise up with Christ, by the Jay Beech Band from the CD, Everyone who is thirsty, come. http://www.baytonemusic.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=BTM

3/30/2015

Hell is truth seen too late

Opening Litany based on Psalm 118

Give Thanks to the Lord (Psalm 118)

Pastor: Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love endures forever.
 
Congregation: Let everyone say, God’s love endures forever.
 
Pastor: Open the gates of righteousness and we will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
 
Congregation: They are the gates through which I may enter and give thanks for the Lord has become my salvation.
 
Pastor:  I marvel when I see that which was rejected by the world, has become the foundation of humanity
 
Congregation: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 
Pastor:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, 
 
Congregation: with boughs in hand we will join the festal procession.
 
Pastor: You are our God and we give you thanks and exalt your name
 
Congregation: Give thanks to the Lord who is good and whose love endures forever.


Poem based on The Resurrection of our Lord Mark 16:1-8

Whom do you seek
in this temple dark
amid the stone and cold dust?
The one who was laid here
is held no more
by the limits of our world and trust.
He is not in this place
once dark and filled with death
where he was laid
in love and care.
He is risen and lives
He is risen and gives
life
Life
believe him
Life
Shout from the tops of buildings
Tell all the world
The one who was
King of the Jews
Is King of life for us
Go tell the others
Shout for Joy
---and sing
Everything that was of this world
Has been changed to what has been
The Kingdom is here
Do not be amazed
New Life breaks in
It is here
It is now
The temple has been rebuilt
Christ is Risen
Christ is Risen indeed

Christ is Here

Poem based on Maundy Thursday Mark 14:12-26

Sitting amid the ones who had come so far
was the Christ
the Immanuel
serving these few
Who were gathered at this table with him
(take)
and in a somber moment
that pierced through time
Christ looked at each of the ones gathered
And broke the bread
(this is my body)
to share with all there
in a way that had been done
in so many other Passover meals
and like no other meal
this moment
--held in time
--suspended between what was
----and what will be
was here
as the moment floated into eternity
he gave thanks
(this)
in this somber moment
that pierced through time
and took the cup
given to all
(is my blood)
that they might share with one another
what had been given them
(of the covenant)
feeling the presence of one another
in a new way
in the presence of this Christ 
the moment begin to pass
but not back into a world that was
the night was new
and almost alive
as Christ went out
(which is poured out for many)

to pray

Poem based on Good Friday John 18:1-19:42

Who is this man
They cried
This one
--welcomed just three days ago
as the Messiah
the one who would bring peace to the nation
peace to the world
who is this man
who claims to be the Son of God
who would dare to tempt
the systems we have set in motion
we are
--they cried with a voice united
civilized people
we have our laws and order
--and our punishments for those
--who like our friend here
--choose
----(or are chosen)
----to be more than we have room for
this Jesus from Nazareth
hung up there
in pain and death
--just like any common
--------------(scapegoat)
------------------criminal
the King of Jews
with no kingdom of this world
and few to follow
Our
--------(law and order)
------------------Justice has a way
to keep things from getting
out-------------of----------------control
with anyone
------(God)
who would disrupt
this life of ours
who
-------is this Jesus of Nazareth
-------(Father)
that he should come here
where we have things
as we want them
-----------(forgive them)
and want nothing more

------(for they know not what they do)

gift from God

Sunday April 5th, Isaiah 25: 6 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.  From the beginning of time, the shroud of death and fear has covered humanity.  Through Christ, that shroud has been lifted. Salvation is a gift from God and we are now free to live.  The gift has been given to all people, all nations, everywhere. Now we are called to share that good news with one another.  How can you show those close to you that the shroud has been lifted?  Amos calls us to do justice. In one small way today, bring some hope into someone else’s life.  Amos calls us to show mercy.  In some small way bring some kindness and mercy into someone’s life today.  Amos calls us to walk humbly before our God.  In some big way, live into the understanding that all you have is a gift from God.  Thank God in prayer for the ability to share the Gospel with who and whose you are this day.  

return the favor

Monday April 6th, Acts 10: 34 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.  In the kingdom of God there are no favorites!  Not by choice of faith or fate of birth, no favorites in the Kingdom of God period!  As you go about your business today look around at the people you meet.  Each and every one is a child of God, and called to discover for themselves what that means and how to live as a child of God in this world. Each and every one has a unique story and history through which the story of God can percolate into a glorious gift of beauty for humanity. Each and every one has been saved by the Grace of a loving God.  Each and every one is your brother or sister in Christ and sometimes they, as well as you, are aware of that reality and sometimes they are not, but they never cease to be.  Pray today that you would be able to treat each and every one as a brother or sister, and maybe, just maybe, they will be able to return the favor.  That is part of the Easter Gospel, God's love poured out for all.  Ask God to bless you today from one of these unexpected new brothers or sisters, and then return the favor.

hold your tongue

Tuesday April 7th, Acts 10: 39 "We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. Even Paul, the most prolific writer in the New Testament, could not help himself from putting in a little dig against the Jews.  Maybe it was because Paul was a Jew.   Maybe it was because Paul used to be a Jew.  Probably it was because Paul suffered from the unbridled enthusiasm that newly non-smokers suffer from, evangelistic fervor.  Luther also had his evangelistic fervor when the Jews did not flock to this new Protestant understanding and were rejected by Luther, something for which the Lutheran Church has since apologized. We are not so different from Paul and Luther.  It is so tempting to get irritated and put in a dig in our comments, thoughts and prayers against an individual or group whose actions we find frustrating, often a group for which we have a present or former affinity. The new Indiana law legalizing prejudice is an example. Pray today that God would give you the strength to hold your tongue a little bit and when someone frustrates you, remember them as a child of God and pray for them. Little by little, with the help of God, the world will change.  Patience and giving room and time for God to work is a hallmark of maturity.  

forgiven

Wednesday April 8th, Acts 10: 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. There are many who have forgotten this lesson but….. Christ is the one who judges.  Christ is the one who gave his life that we might have forgiveness of sins and life eternal.  We are the ones who want to judge.  We are the ones who want to call the shots of who is in and who is out.  Think about the things Christ, as judge, will be forgiving you for this day.  Don't just think of the surface sins in our lives.  We all like to play the “I just want everyone to love one another and all my sins to be forgiven” game.  Christ deals with specifics in our lives and calls us to love those we find unlovable in particular.   Generalities are all just part of human original sin, judging others with a different standard than we use to judge ourselves.  Once you have completed the humbling experience of honestly judging yourself, and honestly receiving forgiveness for your real sins, do your part.  Forgive someone else today in the name of Christ for specific transgressions.  Try it!!  Don't just say, "O that's OK, nothing to worry about."  Try saying, "I forgive you, and you are forgiven for……… in the name of Christ."  Watch the world change around and within you.   

possibilities

Thursday April 9th, Mark 16: 3 They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Jesus' followers were still not expecting the resurrection.  The disciples were in hiding and the women followers were the ones who came to care for the body.  After all Christ had said and done, they expected the stone to still be there, the tomb to be occupied, death to have won.  Before we get all holier than thou, just remember, we would too.  Many of us still do.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to the wonders God has in store for us. We often shut our eyes and hearts to the hungry and needy.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to those whose opinions differ from our own.  We often shut our eyes and hearts to the children of God who see things different from ourselves.  Pray today that God would help you roll away the stone from your heart, from your own eyes, and open your mind to the possibilities in this world through Christ. Then pray that Christ will help you show those possibilities to others in the way you live your life.  Think back over the day.  In what way did the unexpected bless you?  Thank God for that blessing. Pass it on.  

fear not

Friday April 10th, Mark 16: 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!  In the history of humanity, this is one of the true mind blowing experiences.  After all the times Jesus had told them this would be the reality, they just did not manage to wrap their heads around this one.  When you boil it all down the message of God is one of "fear not."  It was given to Mary at the annunciation, it was given to the women at the tomb at the resurrection, it is given to us as sanctification.  We often however don't hear it.  There are many subtle ways we operate in fear.  We don't say something because we don’t know how someone will take it, which is another way of saying we don't know if they will still like us.   We don't pray in public, we don't talk about our faith or our doubts because it is too personal as if God died only for us and not the whole of creation.  For all of us who live our lives in fear, Fear Not, the Lord is with you.  Let those words echo into your heart today.  Let those words echo into your life today.  Let those words echo into the world today.  And may they echo off you.

Thank God today

Saturday April 11th, Mark 16: 7 Go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' “Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. Mark is the earliest Gospel and some say the closest to reality.  The last line in the Gospel tells us they were afraid and didn't tell anyone.  I like that because it seems closer to where I would be in this story.  Christ knows that even with the fear not, we will still have fear.  It is interesting to note that Christ was going on ahead of them to Galilee. It is almost as if he knows what is really going to happen.   As we timidly step out as a Christian in this world, remember Christ has gone on before you to prepare the way.  Just as Christ used the woman at the well in Samaria as the first evangelists, here, the women at the tomb are the first post-resurrection evangelists.  The importance is not in their evangelistic expertise, it is in the story and the presence of Jesus.  Their task is not without fear in a world that will most likely reject them but in the presence of the risen Christ with them.  Christ has gone on ahead of you to break the new ground.  Thank God today that the way has been prepared and ask for the strength to go forward into the world and life Christ has prepared for you.  

3/25/2015

10w for March 29th, Passion Sunday, Matthew, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for March 29th, Passion Sunday, Matthew, NL.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: Weeping over Jerusalem by Dakota Road from the album Build Up  http://www.dakotaroadmusic.com/index.php?p=product&id=83&parent=4

10w for March 29th, Passion Sunday, Matthew, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for March 29th, Passion Sunday, Matthew, NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: Born of Blood and Love by Bryan Sirchio from the CD J-Walking Songs for Justice Workers, it is a song honoring Archbishop Oscar Romareo  and others killed in El Salvador   http://www.sirchio.com/index.php?page=cds&viewas=list

3/23/2015

poem based on Sunday of Passion Mark 14:1-15:47

Some knew
--at least in part
what you were saying
some heard the words you spoke
so gentle
--so clear
about what was to come
your death
the kingdom
some heard
--and followed you because they heard
without fully understanding it
--there was an urgency in your eyes
----they could sense the pain
----the anguish
--in the moment
and silently
--lovingly
she anointed the one who would be the messiah
for what was to come
blessing that which was to be given
for all humanity
while the rest of the world was about its business
--its agendas
that pit one against another
this one knew
of the bud that was to burst into beauty
in a kingdom breaking in
to the business and agendas of our lives

with love

Opening Litany based on Psalm 31:9-16 (New International Version)


Pastor: Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.

Congregation: My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.

Pastor: Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends— those who see me on the street flee from me.

Congregation: I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.

Pastor: But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.


Congregation: Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Hosanna, today

Sunday March 29th, Mark 11: Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The people were ready for a real King, not just a foreign dictator.  The celebration was festive and the crowds were caught up in excitement and hope as Jesus entered the city through the East Gate.  At that same time, entering the city through the West Gate, was Pilate dressed in all his military might and followed by the legions of soldiers.  He represented that foreign power and was moving into the city to maintain control during the Passover.  The Passover after all celebrated a time when the Jewish population won its freedom from an earlier political empire, Egypt.  Pilate was the presence and essence of the military authority who was here to protect the integrity and the image of Caesar, who was known as “the son of god” in this faraway place.  The timing and method of entry Jesus chose was a direct confrontation to the political and religious and military power represented by Pilate and the temple authorities.  Hosanna to the prince of Peace, not the lord of war.  Hosanna to the Hope of the World, not the control of the world.  Hosanna to “The” “Son of God,” not the son of god wannabe.  Hosanna to your hopes and dreams, but not necessarily your safety and security.  Hosanna, today…….. 

conflict

Monday March 30th,  Mark 14:1 Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. The chief priests and teachers of the law were a part of the ruling elite.  They had figured out their niche under this foreign domination.  They were also aware that if they did not maintain the order, Pilot would just come in with the military and maintain order his way.  Pilot’s way would involve lots of bloodshed and that niche of power and prestige enjoyed by the chief priests and teachers of the law would be gone.  They were the large landowners that possessed some of the land that Herod had taken from the peasants.  They were the ones who had the authority and power to rule under Pilate, maintain control and collect the taxes, and reap a good profit, while Pilate lived in more pleasant accommodations in Caesarea by the sea.  It was just another case of religion and politics working together hand in hand, to maintain control and the status quo.  It is the natural tendency of any religious organization, whether they call themselves organized or not. When it happens, it is always the integrity of the religion that loses.  How are these same scenarios being played out today?  

perfume

Tuesday March 31st,  Mark 14:7 She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."  Jesus has been telling the twelve disciples, on their journey from Caesarea Philippi to Jerusalem, what leadership entails.  They, like you and I most of the time, didn’t get it.  Judas takes a very pragmatic approach to ushering in the kingdom by forcing a confrontation between Jesus and the authorities.  Some say it was a plan he and Jesus had worked out all along, most others, and I agree, say he didn’t get it either.  I think most of us, most of the time, don’t get it.  Mark inserts the story of this unnamed woman between those two points.  In the midst of it all, she gave of herself totally and worshiped Jesus.  She was at her wits end which means she had very little of her ego to push and only Jesus to seek.  She exemplified the idea of the servant leader Jesus was trying to get through to the disciples.  She becomes the first Christian, worshiping what would be the risen Christ even before the crucifixion.  She got it.  Sometimes in the midst of life and, yes, even death, we forget what the center of both life and death is all about.  Sometimes we don’t get it.  We still think it is about “us” singular and not “us” as a part of the body of Christ.  Look to the example of this unnamed woman and follow Christ by being a servant leader.  In the midst of it all, she got it, and it starts with loving the Lord your God with all you heart, soul and minds.  

not to slip

Wednesday April 1st,  Mark 14: 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.  Judas does get a bad rap.  It is nice to have a villain on which to place blame.  It absolves us of our responsibility.  What Judas did was place his own agenda ahead of Jesus’ plan.  He tried to get Jesus to do what “he” wanted him to do.  The messiah was recreated in “his” image.  Not much different from the rest of the disciples.  Not much different from you and I.  It has been going on since that tree thing in the garden.  The disciples didn’t get what the unnamed woman with the perfume got.  Judas didn’t get what the unnamed woman got.  Judas’ sin was that he acted on his inclinations as opposed to the other disciples who did nothing.  It is so easy to get caught up in that take charge doing, and in the process put Jesus in the back seat.  It is so easy to use Christianity to control others.  It is even easier to not get it at all and do nothing.  It is so easy to choose power and death over servant and life.  Judas stands as a warning to us all on how easily we can, and do slip into that same mindset as Judas and set in motion what we would want Jesus to do.  It is also a warning not to slip into the mindset of the rest of the disciples and do nothing.  Where are you on that continuum?

servant hood

Thursday April 2nd,  Mark 14:22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.  "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” Jesus renewed the covenant God made with Moses, not with more laws, but by sharing a meal.  Jesus redefined what had come to be understood as rules of right and wrong, with hospitality and the communal concept of sharing, servant hood and relationship. It was the continuation of the practice of Jesus to include everyone at the table and to see that all were feed.  This meal was a reminder of the feeding of the five thousand where the miracle was when the masses were inclined to share what they were hording and there was an abundance left over.  This meal was the Passover meal that celebrated the liberation from captivity from Egypt, and in practice now celebrates the liberation of humanity from all bondage.  Finally it is the taking of the body and blood, of the total giving of the self for the sake of the kingdom, to which we are all called.  It is servanthood, it is sharing, it is relationship, it is life.

joke

Good Friday, April 3rd, Mark 14:30 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "today--yes, tonight--before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times."  But Peter insisted emphatically, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." It is not something we like to admit, but most of us have either laughed at or told off color or racial or sexual jokes.  These seemingly innocent gestures poke fun at and demean another person or group of persons created in the image of God.  These jokes deny the totality of Christ in your life.  To tell or laugh at them is to scream to the world, “I DO NOT KNOW HIM.”  By screaming, “I DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL VASTNESS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.” We have all disowned Christ, not three times but three times infinity, and the beat goes on.  Pray today that God would kick you extra hard when you are about to laugh at or tell a “I do not know him” joke. And I mean, Extra hard!!

glimmer of light

Saturday April 4th, Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" There are times when we feel alone and abandoned.  On the cross, Christ faced the total abandonment of our love that sin represents.  When did you last feel totally alone or Abandoned?  Christ understands.  When did you last feel forgotten and misunderstood?  Christ understands.  When did you last feel used and abused?  Christ understands.  Often when we feel most alone, it is not that God is absent, but rather that we are in such a hole that all we can see is darkness.  Off in the distance there may be a glimmer of light, but we refuse to acknowledge it.  Find a copy of the poem footsteps, read it.  I know it is well worn and schmaltzy, but there are times it is still worth re-reading.   Remember your alone time, and know that God was with you then and will be with you in your next alone time, and always. Now read the 23rd psalm.  

3/20/2015

10w for March 22nd, Fill the world with a joyful noise. Lent 5.

The following is a 10-minute worship for March 22nd, Fill the world with a joyful noise. Lent 5.  You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: "Fill the Earth With Joy" by Jay Beech from the album, "Everyone Who Is Thirsty, Come!" 2002 Baytonemusic. Available for purchase at: www.baytonemusic.com

3/18/2015

10w for March 22nd, Sheep & Goats, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for March 22nd, Sheep & Goats,  NL. You can listen on the flash player below. You now also have the option of receiving these notices each week and on festival days by signing up for the 10W constant contact email list on the right side of the 10W blog where it says "Please Join our Email List or you may text 10w to 2828 to sign up. The song for the day is: "Fill the Earth With Joy" by Jay Beech from the album, "Everyone Who Is Thirsty, Come!" 2002 Baytonemusic. Available for purchase at: www.baytonemusic.com

3/16/2015

Poem based on 5th Sunday in Lent John 12:20-33



Perched on the end of its stock
Out of the reach of the ground
A grain grows
Golden
Full of life that is
And is to be
In the bringing forth of life
Not only to itself
But to all who partake

Lord help me
--(unless)
to face
--that which has been faced
--for generation after generation
--(a grain of wheat)
that which makes no sense
and yet is the only thing
--that makes sense
--(falls)
I fear what is to come to all
I fear accepting my death
As real
And facing the unknown
--(to earth)
even Christ’s soul was troubled
and felt agony
at the facing of what
--was
----to
------be
--------(and dies)
But I know
--in my innermost self
that to live
I must let go
To truly live
I must accept all of life
--even death
and not hang on to my self
--as god
--(it remains alone)
I thank you Lord
For your Son
Who died
--(but if it dies)
that I might live

--(it bears much fruit)

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