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Thomas Merton Prayer

Several people have asked for a copy of the prayer Pastor Kevin used in his sermon”The Judge of Faithfulness”  on Sunday, September 2, 2012. The prayer is by Thomas Merton and printed below.

 

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I know myself, and the fact I think that I am knowing your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear for you are with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

The Cab Ride… God comes every day

On Sunday, December 19, 2010 I preached a sermon about righteousness. I defined righteousness as bearing the cost of God’s intrusive presence in our life every day. The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Joseph, who forfeited his rights as a Jewish, First-century male in order to provide a safe and stable environment for the Christ to be born.  as part of that sermon I read a story about a taxi driver who spent an evening driving an elderly woman through the neighborhoods of her life before she entered a hospice. Several people have asked about that story. You can find the full version here:

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget by Kent Nerburn

Since preaching that sermon several people have shared some pretty remarkable stories about the way God has appeared in their lives in the form of someone in need of grace, love, kindness, encouragement etc… It has made me begin to wonder how many of those stories exist within our congregation.

How cool would it be to start a collection of those stories? Not to make ourselves appear to be wonderful people, but to inspire someone else to see that God appears every day in our lives. When we forfeit our time, energy and/or resources to share the goodness of God with someone, no matter how insignificant it may seem to us, then we have become like Joseph. We bear the cost and the Christ is born in us and through us. New life is the result.

Would you consider sharing a story of God’s intrusive presence in your life? Tell it in the comment section below. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling or getting things just right. Just share your story as an inspiration to others.

November Worship

In November we turn our attention to the part of the Lord’s Prayer in which we pray for God’s will to be done. What is God’s will? While there are many answers to this provocative question, we will focus on the answer provided by the prophet Micah: “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

November 7 & 10: All Saints Do Justice – The Missional Will of God
Paul exhorts the Corinthian church to excel in many things including the grace of giving to provide justice for those who do not have what they need. The mission command points us beyond our own self-centered wants to the needs of those around us, and around the world.

Nov 14 & 17:  Love Kindness – The Relational Will of God
We are told from an early age that God wants us to love one another. But what does it look like to love someone you don’t like? When we act with kindness, and make it a habitual part of our life we can show love even to people we don’t get along with.

Nov 21:  Walk Humbly with God – The Sacrificial Will of God
Humility seems to be in short supply these days. It seems like everyone has on opinion on everything and they are certain that everybody else needs to know it. When we walk humbly with God we find ourselves at the cross of Jesus in a sacrificial posture.

Thanksgiving Worship Opportunities

Marion Community Thanksgiving Worship
6:30 pm Sunday, November 21, 2010 there will be a community Thanksgiving Worship at  First Presbyterian Church (8th Ave & 12th St). There will be a mass choir for any interested singers. A fellowship time with refreshments will follow the service.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Resurrection
7:00pm Wednesday, November 24, 2010 there will be a Thanksgiving worship at Resurrection. Visiting family and friends are welcome to join us along with returning college students home for the holiday. A special fellowship time with homemade pie will take place following the worship.

(Note: there will be no 5:30 Evening Song Worship on November 24)

Chillout Song from Pr Kevin’s Sermon

On Sunday, October 24, in the  sermon Kingdom Inclusion I showed a clip from a talk by Ze Frank which told the story behind the Chillout Song. Many people have commented on the clip and have asked where they can find it.  Here it is. Feel free to pass it on.

A downloadable version of the song can be found here.

The story behind the song can be found here.

The entire TED talk by Ze Frank can be found here.

Return to Fall Worship Schedule

Worship at Resurrection returns to the fall schedule on August 22, 2010 with three worship opportunities on Sunday morning: First Light Worship at 8:15; Hope4All Worship at 9:45 and New Song Worship at 11:00. If Sunday commitments get in the way of worship you can join us on Wednesday for Evening Song Worship at 5:30 followed by a catered meal in the fellowship hall for $5.00 (reservations for the meal can be made on the sign-up sheet in the entryway or emailed to the office).

As we move into the fall schedule we conclude our year long read through the Bible with a look at the Gospel of John in our worship.  The sermon series, “There’s an App for That”  will focus on John’s message that Jesus brings peace,  healing, light and quenches our spiritual hunger and thirst.

My message for the week

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