Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hosanna in the highest heaven.” -Mark 11:9-10 Reflect: What in your life feels like it is pressing down upon you? Are there outside forces? Are there ideas, thoughts, or beliefs within you pressing you down? What forces can you see that are pressing others down? And could there be some you do not see? Reflect: What does rest and......
On Sunday I asked a question in worship: Have we been too busy to be really present with one another? In our society which believes that time is a commodity, this is an important question for all of us, not some of us. About a month ago when preparing a sermon based on the gospel stories of Jesus feeding thousands of people with only a few loaves and fishes, I came across this unique verse in Mark’s version of the story: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they......
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Reflect: What is your tempo? We discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy? What tempo of life feels toxic to you? What is the cost? Reflect and Practice: In worship, we have begun......
And don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. -from Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” Have you heard that phrase before: “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone?” I have experienced this a little differently in my life–most memorably in college. I grew up and spent the first 21 years of my life just outside the Roanoke Valley. Resting in the valley, this area is surrounded by the glorious Blue Ridge......
Summer is right around the corner: hot weather, cool pools, bright sun, lush mountains, beautiful oceans, incredible destinations, excited friends and family. It is that time of year when so many of us are ready for a break from the daily, weekly and monthly routine. It’s time to play. It’s time to celebrate and enjoy one another and God’s creation. And yet, typically church attendance drops off at this time of year. Now it’s totally understandable. We are all traveling, vacationing, resting, and relaxing. We are doing activities that our body, mind,......