Sunday, November 28, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Advent 1

Isa 2:1-5 – PS 122 – Rom 13:11-14 – Matt 24:36-44
Intro to the Readings
The Collect for today is based on the reading from Romans.
Isaiah calls for peace – to turn weapons of war into implements for growing wheat to feed others. Isaiah invites the people to come to the house of Lord.
Psalm 122 is like one responding to an RSVP.
The reading from Romans we have prayed – now it is for us to live in the light of Christ.
Matt 24:36-44
From the Gospel reading the Lord speaks about the Coming of the Son of Man – the Return of the King.

Let us listen with joy to the songs of Zion.
Live with Light in your heart and the anticipation of seeing the Return of Christ – the King!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 34 - Reigh of Christ

Jer 23:1-6 – Canticle 19 – Col 1:11-20 – Lk 23:33-43
Intro to the Readings
This is Christ the King Sunday. The reading from the Prophet Jeremiah is a word of warning to those who lead the people. It is also prophetic – God will “raise up for David a righteous Branch.”
The canticle is the Benedictus, familiar to many, the song of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.
From Colossians listen and be reminded of the cost of being brought into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.
As we approach Christmas we are not prepared for the Gospel reading for today. It is from the Crucifixion.

Let the petition of the thief upon a cross be your petition.
Above all the noise of the world hear the Saviour say: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Monday, November 15, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

This year we've received 213 shoe-boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
That will be 213 delighted children somewhere in the world who will be thankful.
Pray for the child who receives the shoebox you so lovingly prepared.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 33 / Nov 13-19

Isa 65:17-25 – Canticle 3 – 2 Thess 3:6-13 – Lk 21:5-19
Intro to the Readings
We are nearing the end of the Church year and preparing for the Advent of our King.
Isaiah prophesies that God will “create new heavens and a new earth.” Isaiah’s words are comfort and hope.
Canticle 3, Isaiah 12, is a song of trust in God.
The Apostle writes to the Thessalonians about “doing what is right.”
The Gospel reading is about all that will occur when the time draws nigh. The Lord encourages the disciples to endure to the end.

Let us endure to the end – doing what is right in the sight of the Lord – finding comfort and hope in God’s re-creation.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C G Jung

Here's an interesting read from 1933. Most of us have heard, or read, about Dr Carl Jung. Why not read him in his own words?
The final two chapters of this work are:
The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man and Psychotherapists or the Clergy.

When critical of the Adlerian and Freudian theories and therapists of the psyche Jung writes:
In a word, they do not give meaning enough to life. And it is only the meaningful that sets us free.
Page 259.
This book is still in print and available at Amazon or Chapters. Or borrow it at a library. A partial preview is available at Google Books.

Preaching in the Small Membership Church

Here's another Small Church book worth considering.

Abingdon Press Publications. $14.00

Professor Lewis Parks - Wesley Theological Seminary $15.73