Happy New Year
|Sunset on the way home on Friday|
|Red Scarf from 2010|
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
Inspired by Isaiah 60:1-5
|Holly from Biltmore Estate|
Part of Jack's sermon today included the phrase, "sow seeds of happiness."
|Early Christmas Eve service at our church -- the chapel was standing room only!|
|Praise band, Ember and youth readers with Jack|
|Brass -- the two trumpeters are our sons.|
Could've come like a mighty stormThinking about it, I think God might be like a winter snow in some ways.
With all the strength of a hurricane
You could've come like a forest fire
With the power of heaven in your flame.
But you came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky at night
To the earth below
|Image from Hermanoleon clipart|
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9)
Today is the winter solstice -- the longest night of the year. Many churches have Longest Night services on tis evening for those who have experienced loss during the year and need a different kind of worship service.
|First UMC, South Charleston|
A link to a Social Network Christmas was sent to me earlier this week. I didn't open it; it just sat in my inbox with all of the emails from retailers advertising sales for Christmas.
|Taken on grounds of winery at Biltmore|
|Drive from Biltmore house to Winery in November.|
|The view out my office window this morning -- snow!|
The fruit of Intentional Faith Development is not merely to know more about God but to know God, to see through the idea of God to God himself. (underlined emphasis mine)Have you ever had that experience of Bible study? I wonder if that describes those Ah Hah moments we all sometimes have -- those times when a piece of God's word, either read from scripture or spoken to us by someone else, or ... and the list goes on -- but those times when God's word finds root in our lives, and allows us to see God, not our idea of God.
When you go on an Emmaus walk, you are cautioned to "not anticipate."
Questions about me:
I was reading a blog post the other day by an author. She was discussing the structure of one of her books. She explained that to make a point in a book, the author needs to tell it three times. Three times, in different ways, perhaps, but three times in a story emphasizes the point.
From RevGalBlogPal's Friday Five;
Bonus: Hmmm. Something that doesn't do it for me.......The amount of email I get from stores triples during this season. I would like to have fewer emails in my mail box (from stores and online retail outlets).
You may have noticed a pattern through some of the posts this week. Our Sunday school class was taught by Rev. Jan Thornton last Sunday. She focused on Joseph -- what can we learn from Joseph and how he responded to the Angel's instructions regarding Mary.
He sat in the garden,
This picture reminds me of the vision of the West Virginia Annual Conference:
We envision all people on a journey of Christ-like holiness. As a holy people we belong to, are filled by, and serve God....A journey of Christ-like holiness...
He stood in front of the crowd.
The young woman stood in front of him
The piece of a chapter I read this morning from Bishop Schnase's book was near the end of Passionate Worship. I was struck by this quote:
People who practice Passionate Worship let music into their souls. They lift their voices in praise to God. They let themselves sing.I attended a funeral a few weeks ago for a pastor in our Annual Conference. He had been a District Superintendent and was currently pastoring a church. He was only 52 when he suddenly died. The church was filled to overflowing for his funeral. We ended up sitting in one of the nursery areas that had a window overlooking the Sanctuary and speakers to hear the service. It was somewhat like watching the funeral on TV (although that was available, too, in the Fellowship Hall). I felt disconnected from the worship taking place beyond the glass window.
I was in a conversation with a person who was talking about her call from God. She was expressing to God her doubt that she was capable of the job he was calling her to do (she was in college at the time). She said, "Have you seen my GPA?"
Hattip to Margaret, who sent me the link to this YouTube video. It's a flash mob singing the Hallelujah Chorus in a mall.