2/09/2016

10w for February 10th, Ash Wednesday.

The following is a 10 minute worship for February 10th, Ash Wednesday. 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 Healer of my soul by John Michael Talbot from the CD The Ultimate Collection.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at johnmichaeltalbot.com

10w for February 14th, The Temptation of Christ, L1.

The following is a 10 minute worship for February 14th, The Temptation of Christ, L1.  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 Out in the Wilderness by the Jay Beech Band from the CD Everyone who is thirst, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at baytonemusic.com

2/03/2016

1w for February 7th, Transfiguration.

The following is a 10 minute worship for February 7th, Transfiguration. 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 Suddenly, Up on the Mountain by the Jay Beech Band from the CD, Everyone who is Thirsty, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.baytonemusic.com 

10w for February 7th, Drop Kick Me Jesus, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for February 7th, Drop Kick Me Jesus, 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 Suddenly, Up on the Mountain by the Jay Beech Band from the CD, Everyone who is Thirsty, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.baytonemusic.com

1/27/2016

10w for January 31st, The Sending, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 31st, The Sending, 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 Be Not Afraid by John Michael Talbot from the CD Table of Plenty.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at johnmichaeltalbot.com

10w for January 31st, Today, E4.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 231st, Today, 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 As Big As An Ocean by Hans Peterson from the CD Every Breath I Sing.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at hanspetersonmusic.com

1/20/2016

10w for January 24th, Your Mission Should You Accept It, E3.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 24th, Your Mission Should You Accept It, 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 Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us by Andra Moran from the CD Harmony Groove.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at andramoran.com

10w for January 24th, the 12's, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 24th, the 12's, 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 Love Can Break Through by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

1/13/2016

10w for January 17th, The Good Stuff, E2.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 17th, The Good Stuff, E2.   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 Everyone Who is Thirsty, Come by the Jay Beech Band from the CD Everyone Who is Thirsty, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.baytonemusic.com

10w for January 17th, Good Soil, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 17th, Good Soil, 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 Life is Bigger than Death by Hans Peterson from the CD A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.hanspetersonmusic.com

1/06/2016

10w for January 10th, A New Thing, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 10th, A New Thing, 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 Right by the Water by Dakota Road from the CD Break These Chains.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for January 10th, Baptism of our Lord.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 10th, Baptism of our Lord. 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 Baptized by the Jay Beech Band from the CD One Body Alive. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at baytonemusic.com

12/30/2015

1w for January 3rd, Light In Us. C1.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 3rd, Light In Us. C1.   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 Yesterday I Saw Jesus by Bryan Sirchio from the CD J-Walking; Songs for Justice Workers.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.sirchio.com 

10w for January 3rd, And So It Begins, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for January 3rd, And So It Begins, 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 The Healing Hand of Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Everyone Who is Thirsty, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.dakotaroadmusic.com 

12/23/2015

10w for December 27th, Just Knowing Inside, C1.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 27th, Just Knowing Inside, C1.   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 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for December 27th, Hit the Ground Running, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 27th, Hit the Ground Running, 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. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Sirchio.com

10w for December 24th, Christmas Eve.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 24th, Christmas Eve.   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 Silent Night by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at DakotaRoadMusic.com

12/18/2015

10w for December 20th, Do Not Be Afraid, A4.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 20th, Do Not Be Afraid, A4.   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 Silent Night by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through.  Used with permission, you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.dakotaroadmusic.com

10wfor December 20th, Raising Faith, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 20th, Raising Faith,  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.

12/11/2015

10w for December 13th, Difference is Good, NL.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 13th, Difference is Good, 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,

12/09/2015

10w for December 13th, Simple, but not Easy.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 13th, Simple, but not Easy.  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,

12/05/2015

10w for December 6th, Come Emmanuel.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 6th, Come Emmanuel. 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 week is O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Dakota Road, used with permission from their album, Love Can Break Through. You can find this album and others at dakotaroadmusic.com

12/03/2015

10w for December 6th, Advent Optics, A2.

The following is a 10 minute worship for December 6th, Advent Optics, A2. 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 week is Glory to the Love by Dakota Road, used with permission from their album, Love Can Break Through. You can find this album and others at dakotaroadmusic.com

11/28/2015

10w for November 29th, Rediscover and Rededicate, Advent 1 NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 29th, Rediscover and Rededicate, Advent 1 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 week is In the Bleak Midwinter Dakota Road, used with permission from their album, Love Can Break Through. You can find this album and others at dakotaroadmusic.com
   

11/25/2015

10w for November 29th, Come Long Expected Jesus, Advent 1.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 29th, Come Long Expected Jesus, Advent 1. 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 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com

11/19/2015

10w for November 22nd, Vineyard Song, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 22nd, Vineyard Song, 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 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for November 22nd, Christ The King

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 22nd, Christ The King.  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 Love to the World by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com

11/17/2015

Poem based on Christ the King Sunday John 18:33-37

In Glory Christ came into our lives
in glory
as a King among his people
but a people
who did not know him
a people who wished
only to be let alone
and live in the bondage
they had become used to
the bondage created over the generations
the bondage
they no longer saw
this King came
victorious
In a world that knew not victory
to rule

a people loved.

live in that vision now

Sunday November 22nd, Daniel 7: As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him.  Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. This is one of the visions of the end times in the book of Daniel.  It was a vision that helped put in perspective the power and force of one of the mightiest nations in the world.  This nation had great power, and weapons and might, and was to be feared by all on earth.  It was the Super Power of the day and it ruled by use of that power, military might, influence and money to control by one means or another all within its grasp.  Perhaps, you could draw the parallels to other Super Power nations.   Compared to the Ancient of Days, the Lord God Almighty however, the power of the so called super powers is nothing, and perhaps one could also draw parallels on this issue also.   This section of Daniel is a call to place ones focus not on the power of this world, but where this world will ultimately be when the reign of God is finally manifest.  It is a call to catch the vision of the future and live in that vision now.  All of scripture can be summed up in the words, love God, love others.  The current discussion on refugees is one way we show our true colors in how we love others. That was good advice in Jesus day and it is good and God advice for today.  What is God’s all inclusive vision for your future?  Ponder on that and then live it in your life today.  

God's future

Monday November 23rd, Daniel 7: Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.  The horn of the beast in Daniel is the mouthpiece of the power of this world, the mouthpiece of military and monetary might.  In God's vision there is no place for it in the kingdom of God, the kingdom of the future, the kingdom of our future.  Other temptations are around us also, but their time is also limited.  When we catch this vision for God's future world, the world to which we are called, it is hard to get all caught up in the power plays of this world.  God's future is a world of peace; a world where all live as the children of God, a place where there is healing and wholeness for all the nations.  God's call is a call to start living that vision now, in our lives here today.  

true peace

Tuesday November 24th, Daniel 7: In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.  Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, Immanuel, God with us has come to be with us.  The sounds of Handel’s Messiah fill the air.  The Prince of Peace is given the authority, glory and sovereign power over all people, nations, rulers and multinational corporations, over all the sources of non-peace.  The Prince of Peace, who went to the cross to bring forgiveness to all the world brings true peace to you, here, today.  The Prince of Peace, the lamb who was slain for the forgiveness of sin for all people.  Catch the vision of the Prince of Peace and live the kingdom life starting now.  

Justice goes both ways

Wednesday November 25th, Revelation 1:    Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.  7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. The Revelation vision is one of the Prince of Peace coming to bring peace to you and I and to all the world. It is that “all the world” part that often includes those for whom we wish not peace but revenge.  Sometimes we call it justice, but what we really mean is revenge.  Justice goes both ways and speaks more about our calling than about the other. This Prince of Peace is the beginning and the end, a part of, and yet beyond all time, the one who freed us, and those for whom we sometimes wish “Justice” from sin.  All have  pierced this Prince of Peace and all the people of the earth will mourn because of him.  Mourn because our sins will be laid out before us.  Not in judgment, but in purification.  The manifestation of all the sin in our lives will bring about a great deal of mourning, the forgiveness of those sins is the vision of the New Jerusalem, God’s presence with us all.    

small seed of hope

Thursday November 26th, John 18: 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"  I imagine Pilates voice to be half mocking, half wondering, and yet with a hint of hope.  In the midst of our mocking and wondering at the prospect of peace in this world, are we too are filled with just a bit of hope?  Hope that the message of Jesus is true.  Hope that the forgiveness of sins is true.  Hope that the gift of grace, the forgiveness of sins and life eternal, is true.  Hope!!  Are you the one, Pilate asks?  There is a part of each one of us that wonders and asks the same question.  But also within us, in the very core of our being there is the small seed of hope that yells out, YES!!!!!  And that gives us a reason to live.  

not of this world

Friday November 27th, John 18: 36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."  The kingdom of God simply is. All too often we want to make the kingdom our property, our domain, where we are the supreme recipients of God’s grace and all others can learn to deal with it.  But the kingdom is not our property, never was, never will be.  The Kingdom of God is for all people created in the image of God and called good.  Division, war, discrimination, voter restriction, us and them, refugees either welcomed or turned away, they are all our domain, our kingdom, and it is far from the kingdom of God.  God calls us to a new reality, one where the ruler is the Prince of Peace.  Where our being is dependent upon our learning to live with one another as brothers and sisters because that is what we are, were and always will be.  My kingdom is not of this world, and it is a kingdom of peace in which you and I and those we would call enemy live together and in the process learn to be brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God.    

I wonder as I wander

Saturday November 28th, John 18:  37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.  Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."  Jesus came to testify to the truth.  The truth is that the gift of life is given to all people.  Once in a while we get a glimpse of this vision, this truth, and for that brief moment life makes sense.  Most of the time however we wander around wondering if it could be true or perhaps just all an illusion.  I wonder as I wander out under the sky, how Jesus the Savior did come for to die for poor ordinary people like you and like I.  I wonder as I wander out under the sky.  Live a life of wonder today as you wander and welcome one another as brothers and sisters on the journey.

11/11/2015

10w for November 15th, Shinny Things, P25.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 15th, Shinny Things, P25. 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 What a Blessed Assurance by Andra Moran from the CD Harmony Grove.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at andramoran.com

10w for November 15th, Faithful to the end, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 15th, Faithful to the end, 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 Let us Go to the House of the Lord by the Jay Beech Band from the CD Everyone Who is Thirsty, Come.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at baytonemusic.com

sorry

I haven't posted much lately.  The flu kicked my kind of hard and there was just not the time or energy.  Back at it now.  enjoy.

Poem based on 25th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 13:1-13

Always striving
always searching for a way
to know
to have the inside track
searching for that clue
thinking secretly
we should have looked just on more way
then we would know
searching the heavens
and the scriptures for a sign
some sign
any sign
to let us know
to give us some feeling f being in control
to say to God
and our fellow travelers
I Know
I don’t really need you
because in the end
I Know!
The time will come
and even then we will not know
even then there will be enough doubt
to turn our eyes from ourselves
to the God who made us
and saves us

in that time we fear most.

Opening Litany based on Psalm 16




Pastor: Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.

Congregation: We said to the LORD, “You are our Master! Every good thing we have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are our heroes and we take pleasure in them!

Pastor: Troubles seem to multiply for those who chase after other gods.

Congregation: We will not take part in their sacrifices or pretend to follow in their ways for the LORD alone is our inheritance, our cup of blessing.

Pastor: You guard all that is ours. The land you have given us is a pleasant land and a wonderful inheritance!

Congregation: We will bless the LORD who guides us; even at night our hearts instruct us to follow the ways of the Lord. Therefore we know the LORD is always with us and we will not be shaken, for the Lord is right beside us at all times.

Pastor: No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. I rest in safety knowing the Lord walks with us and will not leave us to the powers of death.

Congregation: The Lord will show us the way of life, granting us joy of living in the presence of the Lord forever.

rules

Sunday November 15th, Hebrews 10: By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God. The Holy Spirit also speaks of this by telling us that the Lord said, “When the time comes, I will make an agreement with them. I will write my laws on their minds and hearts. Then I will forget about their sins and no longer remember their evil deeds."  The gift of life is ours.  It is a gift from God brought to us by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  How we are to live in this time is written on the hearts of humanity and it is not rocket science.  Love one another!!  Love your neighbor as yourself!!!  That which you do onto the least you do onto me!!!  Love God with your whole heart!!!  It reminds me of that list of kindergarten rules (http://www.peace.ca/kindergarten.htm).  It shouldn’t be hard, but we sure act like it is.  Most of our problems come from one of the many forms of greed, they come from wanting to see the world as all about Me instead of all about We.  We want something that is not ours, so we find a way to get it and our excuses as to why that is a good thing we make up along the way.  Now that you don’t have to do anything, what are You going to Do?  Christ Died, Christ Rose, Follow the rules of love that are in your heart!  It’s that simple, and it is that difficult.  Travel well together on your journey and dance once in a while along the way.  

between

Monday November 16th, Hebrews 10: My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place by a new way that leads to life! And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself. We have a great high priest who is in charge of God's house. So let's come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith.  In days of old, only the high priest could enter through the curtain into the holy of holies, considered to be the very presence of God.  During the crucifixion, the curtain in the temple tore from top to bottom, which is God’s declaration of what had just taken place.  The curtain that separates has been replaced with the Christ that welcomes in.  What had taken place was that there was no longer any separation between God and humanity.  God’s love, God’s forgiveness, God’s gift of life is open to all, no longer mediated by “the church.”   We no longer go to church; we are the church.  We still struggle with that.  We want someone to tell us what God wants, and all too often we listen to people willing to fulfill that role.  Instead, Christ invites you into the presence of God.  There is no longer a priest between you and God telling you what scripture says, only a pastor inviting you to open your scriptures and join in the discussion of what it says to you.  Failure to do so is the same as telling God you are not interested.  

dance

Tuesday November 17th, Hebrews 10: Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer.  OK, so we Lutherans have a problem.  We finally seem to have gotten the point across that we are saved by Grace, and then, as the children of God we say, O Good, that means we don’t have join together for worship anymore. Ooops!! Grace is a gift from God not a ticket away from God.  Not living in that grace is living less than you are called to live.  Gathering for worship is our recognition of that gift of grace in our lives and an acknowledgement of our need for it.  Gathering for worship is being there for one another as a manifestation of that gift in our lives and in theirs.  Gathering for worship is our living out a life of thankfulness for that gift of grace.  Gathering for worship is our nurturing of that grace.  Being saved by grace means you don’t have to go to worship to be a child of God but you choose to go to worship because you are a child of God.  True joy comes when you realize that you get to gather together and experience the love and grace of God in new ways.  Grace is like music, you may hear the music and enjoy it, but it takes you to a whole new level when you join the dance.

Live the vision

Wednesday November 18th, Daniel 12: 1 "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.  Way back in the time of Daniel, they got a part of the vision of what God’s grace looks like.  Everyone whose name is found in the book will be delivered.  Jesus brings that gift to all people.  We are destined for heaven.  That is the goal and the ending of this drama called life.  We are called to enjoy the journey here and now.  We are called to live that vision.  Live the vision of Revelation 21 with the presence of God open to all people.  Live the vision of healing for all the nations.  Live the vision of God’s presence with all of humanity.  Live the vision and begin to live now, this very day, this very moment.  There is nothing to buy that will help bring this about, only your presence and participation in the kingdom that begins now and goes on forever.  Live it and learn to love.  

stuff

Thursday November 19th, Mark 13: 1 As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!"  2 "Do you see all these great buildings?" replied Jesus. "Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."  Oh, my!!! How we are impressed by things, big things, little things, cheap things and expensive things, shiny things, but in the course of God’s vision for humanity, just things nonetheless.  The disciples were impressed with Herod’s building project; Jesus reminds them that next to eternal blessings, it is just a pile of stuff.  Don’t let the stuff in this world get all your attention.  Keep your focus on the things eternal, then life here and now will finally come into focus.  Until then, all that stuff is just….. well……. Stuff. 

something that matters

Friday November 20th, Mark 13:  5 Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many.  What gifts do you want to hold up for your children to see?  What principles do you want to hold up for society to value?  When we get to the end of our lives and all that stuff we have collected is just old and dusty, what do you want to hold onto?  What wisdom would you want to pass on to your grandchildren?  There are many who come to deceive in the name of Christ just like there are many who come to deceive in the name of commerce.  They give a false sense of our being in charge if only we do or buy or believe this or that.  Be a part of something that matters, to the world, to your children, to great grandchildren, nieces and nephews yet to come, and most of all, to yourself.  Be a part of something that matters, be a part of the kingdom here and now.  

here and now

Saturday November 21st, Mark 13: 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.  When you hear of a prediction of when the world will end, put a mark on your calendar, and call it a day of celebration.  You can be assured that the end as you know it will not be on that day.  We are called to live life in the here and now not for some day that may or may not be.  We are called to live in the kingdom in the here and now.  We are called to love like the kingdom was here and now.  When we do so, we discover that the kingdom is here and now.  In the book of Revelation, the Holy City, the kingdom of God comes down to earth and with it the Christ of the world.  This begs the question, where are all those people being raptured going?  We are called to live in the world of here and know and live in it as the Kingdom of God it is called to be and someday will be.  

11/04/2015

1w for November 8th, Winning the coin toss, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 8th, Winning the coin toss, 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 The Greatest Enemy by Bryan Sirchio from the CD Justice and Love. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at www.sirchio.com

10w for November 8th, Mighty Mite, P24.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 8th, Mighty Mite, P24.  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 Rebel Jesus by Dakota Road from the CD Love Can Break Through. Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com 

10/28/2015

w for November 1st, All Saints Unbinding.

The following is a 10-minute worship for November 1st, All Saints Unbinding.  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.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at Dakotaroadmusic.com

10/23/2015

10w for October 25th, Saints and Sinners, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for October 25th, Saints and Sinners, 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 Child of the water by Dakota Road from the CD All Are Welcome.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at dakotaroadmusic.com

10w for October 25th, Reformation Sunday.

The following is a 10-minute worship for October 25th, Reformation Sunday. 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 Baptized by the Jay Beech Band from the CD One Body Alive.  Used with permission you can find this and other gifts for ministry at baytonemusic.com

Opening Litany based on Psalm 46


Worship Leader: It is God who is our refuge and strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble, therefore we will not live in fear.  For even though the earth may give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, even if the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging, we will not fear. Our God is with us, our refuge and strength is ever-present with us. 

Congregation: In Revelation there is a river whose streams bring life and joy to the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High. God is within this Holy City, this dwelling place of God with us, and she will not fall. 

Worship Leader: God brings help to us at the break of each new day and though nations may be in uproar and kingdoms may fall God is still with us and ruler of all. 


Congregation: The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Come one and all and see what the LORD has done in our lives and in the lives of all the people of the earth. 

Worship Leader: The Lord brings wars to an end.  The Lord breaks the bow and shatters the spear destroying all the instruments of war, and then says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”


Congregation: We will exalt the Lord our God among all the nations of the earth, for the LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our strength.

 

Poem for Reformation Sunday John 8:31-36

It is not a matter of belonging
not a matter of doing
or doing better
Christ has come into this world
and saved us
and called us to be
the children of God
not to be saved
but
because we are
God has loved us
Christ has saved us
we are now called to run
and enjoy
and be
the children of God.
That’s Grace.







grace out

Sunday October 25th, Jeremiah 31: "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD ,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,"  As the children of God we all come before the Lord in the fullness of who we are and are loved by the fullness of who God is.  All people will know the Lord and God will be the God of all people, from the least to the greatest.  We may know the Lord by different names and in different ways, but as the children of God, deep in our hearts we all “know” the Lord.  Look around you today and celebrate all the wonderful and not so wonderful brothers and sisters you have in this world.  Celebrate the different faith traditions, not just different forms of Christianity, but all the different faith traditions that worship God by so many different names and ways, they too are your brothers and sisters in the spiritual journey called life.  Then pray for them.  Let’s admit that we still live in a world where people of faith still fight with and try to destroy other people of faith and that is not the will of a God who created all and called it good.  So today, pray for those of other faith traditions, that the word of God’s grace may spread through them also.  

next week

Monday October 26th, Jeremiah 31: "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."  We each come before the Lord with lots of baggage.  One of the biggest obstacles in our walk with the Lord is our inability or our unwillingness to see the garbage and therefore our unwillingness to accept forgiveness for the very thing that holds us down in life.  Sometimes that is because we don’t look deep enough.  Most often it is because we look with self-imposed blinders on.  For humans as well as business, self-regulation is just another name for not looking too deep.  What we lose in the process is the gift of the knowledge of our forgiveness.  We walk around weighted down with that bag of garbage slung over our shoulder saying, “what garbage?”  Our life is weighted down and we don’t even know it. But deep down we are aware of that bag of garbage but just refuse to acknowledge it.  God love us, and hates to see us suffer.  So bring your personal garbage to church, cast that sack over the communion rail and open your hearts to receive. This is the body of Christ, broken for you.  This is the blood of Christ shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me….   Then dance down the aisle with your feet a little lighter and that weight off your shoulder, at least for now.   We’ll see you again next week.  

life and love

Tuesday October 27th, Romans 3: 21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Two uses for the law, one is to help create an orderly society where people can go about their lives for the most part, two, is to convict us of our culpability in the sins of this world and drive us to the cross where we find forgiveness.  It is at the cross where we find Christ and forgiveness.  It is at the cross where we look around and there discover our brothers and sisters who we had thought were enemies.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus; it also comes through the faith of Jesus. It is a gift because even the ability to believe is a gift from God.  It is gift, pure gift, so leap for joy, rejoice, offer the gift to others, celebrate, pray and sing.  For the Lord has come and has brought the gift of grace, forgiveness, life and love for you and for all humanity.  

light

Wednesday October 28th  Romans 3: There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  We sometimes lose our focus on the word “all” in that all have sinned and fallen short part.  There is a human tendency to point to the other when it comes to the concept of sin and at least on the surface think we have done our job.  If we do acknowledge our sinful part the at least in the back of our minds we think that perhaps they have sinned just a bit more than we have.  In the realm of this world of self-help we find that we are all quite capable of, it, at least temporally helps us feel better. We find that the surface is at least clean. That is until we step into the light.  In the light, all our attempts at rationalization, scapegoating, and other means of self-help salvation are seen for what they really are, simply a wipe of the surface without getting any deep cleaning done.  In the light of Christ however, not only can they be forgiven, but more importantly we can also be forgiven.  And what we need forgiveness for most is thinking that it is primarily the “they” in this world that need to be forgiven.  Christ has come, welcome to the light.  

priceless.

Thursday October 29th, Romans 3:  27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.  Faith is a gift, pure gift.  Salvation is a gift, pure gift.  Seeing one another as brothers and sisters in Christ—priceless.  

free

Friday October 30th, John 8:  31 Jesus told the people who had faith in him, "If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."    33 They answered, "We are Abraham's children! We have never been anyone's slaves. How can you say we will be set free?"  Hell is truth seen too late.  Hell is going through life hiding those bags of personal garbage in the closet hoping no one sees them.  In the process we are missing the opportunity of being free through the forgiveness that comes from Christ.  We all manufacture the ropes that bind us, the illusions that hold us down.  Most of the time what binds us is the tendency of keeping our head in the sand and not seeing the other in this world.  Some of the time our sin is looking around and not seeing what we don’t want to see, our participation in the sin we have created in the world around us.  These forms of blindness all bind us to the garbage in life.  Christ calls us to bring the garbage to the altar and throw it over the communion rail and give it to God.  Then you will be free indeed.  

salvation

Saturday October 31st, John 8: 34 Jesus replied: I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin! 35 And slaves don't stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. 36 If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!  Hanging onto the law, we all fall short.  Putting our trust in grace, we all have the freedom to live as a child of God.  Judging others is a way of invoking the law on the “them” of the world while not even seeing the judgment it pronounces upon ourselves.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the words, you have heard it said of old, but I tell you……  He then would proceed to radicalize the law, to point out how futile it is to claim the law as the basis of your salvation.  Those who live by the law, live by deceit and the ones most deceived are themselves.  So turn to Christ and be free, and then you will be free indeed.  

10/14/2015

10w for October 18th, Family Values, NL.

The following is a 10-minute worship for October 18th, Family Values, 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 We’re Family by the Jay Beech Band from the CD One Body Alive.  You can find this and other gifts for ministry at baytownmusic.com

10w for October 18th, Top Gun, P21.

The following is a 10-minute worship for October 18th, Top Gun, P21.  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 Groove.  You can find this and other gifts for ministry at andramoran.com

Opening litany based on Psalm 91


Worship Leader: Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: who alone is my refuge, my place of safety; my God in whom I trust.

Congregation: For the Lord will rescue you from every trap and protect us from that which brings death. Our Sheltering God will cover with her feathers and shelter us with caring and protective wings. The faithful promises of God are our armor and protection.

Worship Leader: Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday for though a thousand may fall at your side or ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you for you are never alone. Open your eyes and see how those without the knowledge of God feel so alone at these times.

Congregation: If we make the LORD your refuge and the Most High our shelter, no evil will conquer us; no fear will come near our home for we will be surrounded by angels who will protect us wherever you go.

Worship Leader: They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. The LORD says, “I will rescue all whom I love and will protect those who trust in my name.

Congregation: The Lord says that when we call the Lord, the Lord will answer. “I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation,” declares the Lord.


poem based on 21st Sunday After Pentecost Mark 10:35-45



With each crashing wave along the shore
The water swirls
Around the outcropping of rock
Slowly eating away at its structure
Until
It consist only of the sand
Moving
And reshaping itself again
With the help of the waves
Along the beach
Smooth and gentle to walk on
Each grain
Once a part of a great structure
Now toppled by time
So too with the great structures
Of this world
Once powerful protectors of separation
Supported on the fears
Of those it is intended to serve
Only to end up
In time
A pinnacle
Surrounded by the sands
Until it too topples by its own weight.
In Christ there are no pinnacles
No outcroppings that stand above all others
Only the sands
Washing upon the shore
Supporting one another. 


victims

Sunday October 18th, Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflictedHandel Messiah comes to the point of near perfection in presenting this text. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5LriRAk5to) It real life, the drama continues.  In spite of all our attempts to save ourselves as the expense of others, in the end, it is Christ, often looked down on, and trodden upon in the form of the poor huddled masses, that saves us. After all our attempts, after all our destruction of one another for the sake of our own advancement, it is Christ, and Christ alone who saves us.  What we have rejected and replaced with all our anxiety is the joy of the journey.  Look to the down trodden, especially the ones you are trotting upon, for they are the presence of Christ for your journey with Jesus today.  Walking with Christ is walking with the victims of yesterday’s journey with an eye towards tomorrow’s community.

closes our eyes

Monday October 19th, Isaiah 53:  6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. The scape goat was the one on which the sins of a tribe or village were placed and then the goat was sent out into the wilderness where it was fair game for the predators.  Such an example is used to foretell the coming of the savior.  On him, On Jesus, was laid the sins for us all because after all of our bravado and desire to be in control, we could not do it.  Salvation is a gift, pure gift.  Seeing our sin opens our eyes to the gift of forgiveness, the gift of life we receive.  Closing our eyes to our own culpability closes our eyes to our salvation and the shining love that has come into the world.   Closing our hearts to the other in their time of need of grace has the same effect as closing our eyes.  In doing so we shut ourselves off from accepting the love of God. 

You are called

Tuesday October 20th,  Hebrews 5:  4-6No one elects himself to this honored position. He's called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, "You're my Son; today I celebrate you!"  In our baptism, we too are set apart for service in the Kingdom.  You are mentioned by name and then the congregation joins in; we welcome you to the Lord’s family; we receive you as a fellow member of the Body of Christ and worker with us in the Kingdom of God.  We are the collective voice of God saying, You are our child, whom we love; with you we are well pleased, and with you we will journey through life together, brothers and sisters in Christ. We welcome you as a fellow sojourner as we live out God’s calling for our lives at this time through our combined ministries at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.  You are called by God…. Now what is God calling you to do?

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