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Saturday Morning 111911
We slept late this morning, and unexpected and rare delight. The rooster did not crow, the telephone did not ring, and we just kept sleeping, so I’m late in blogging this morning. I don’t know what the day will bring yet, but we’re optimistic; the Lord is with us this morning, and even though it’s barely still morning we start with a morning prayer and coffee.
But God is also at work on Saturday, and didn’t sleep late. A young man we know was arrested, but released soon after. A couple inquired about coming to church, and are enthusiastic about our church. And I awoke with the love of God in my heart and head. God was with us through the night and morning, and is here as I awake.
I’ve found, after several years of trying to start a church, and trying to prepare good sermons, etc and trying to learn all the things a pastor should and could do, that the primary thing to do is to always invite Jesus to church! This sounds silly; who would not invite Jesus to church? But I have to remind myself to relax, sleep late, and take naps because the way the church runs best is when I let and ask Jesus to be in charge. He is always in charge of course, but sometimes it seems he does better without my pesky interference.
Let Jesus rule your life, and the world, and pray for the peace that only jesus can bring to us all.
1O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
5The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
25I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild animals from the land, so that they may live in the wild and sleep in the woods securely. 26I will make them and the region around my hill a blessing; and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27The trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. They shall be secure on their soil; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and save them from the hands of those who enslaved them. 28They shall no more be plunder for the nations, nor shall the animals of the land devour them; they shall live in safety, and no one shall make them afraid. 29I will provide for them a splendid vegetation so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the insults of the nations. 30They shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. 31You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture and I am your God, says the Lord God.
46While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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