Sunday, February 11, 2007

It is Sunday

Saying for the Day-God so loved the world that he gave....

It is Sunday and if you would like to read a very good sermon there is one posted on Alastair’s blog.
It is Sunday and today Andrena , who often comments on this blog, will be ordained into the Lutheran Ministry. If you believe in prayer offer up one for her.
It is Sunday and Betty and I will be attending St. Mark’s which is the closest ELCA church to our home. If you believe in prayer pray for us as we continue our search for a new church home.
It is Sunday and if you pray offer up a prayer for Chana and her ongoing recovery and for Butterfly and James as they approach the end of this part of the adventure.
It is Sunday and if you believe in God take a moment and let the joy and peace of his eternal love fill you.
It is Sunday and if you don’t believe in God it is okay because He still loves you and so do we.

@@@@- News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where trains still run, dragons fly, and today lots of Lutherans are in Church– It is Sunday in Pigeon Falls and more members of Last Lutheran than usual are in Church. This Sunday they are not there because it is between golfing , fishing, and hunting seasons . They are not there because they have nothing else to do. They aren’t even there because their wife made them go. No, today they are in Church for a far higher moral purpose. They have heard that Pastor Marvel is considering leaving and they want to see or hear for themselves. Like the good Christians they are they refuse to just pass along a rumor they have to go and check it out. But this morning they were disappointed because Pastor Marvel said nothing about leaving or not leaving. He just preached his usual good sermon, conducted the usual services, made the usual boring announcements ( you know like the youth will meet, the women will meet, the quitters will meet, the committee to schedule meetings will meet) and that was that. Lutheran protocol frowns on asking the pastor directly if he or she is considering leaving. Aside from that the Pastor can always answer. “ If the Holy Spirit calls me to another parish I am always ready to go.” That way God gets the blame or the credit for what is happening. Some pastors even go so low as to say “ It is all up to the Bishop” as if Bishop’s weren’t to blame for enough things in the church. So the members of Last Lutheran left this morning not knowing any more than they did when they came. But they were reminded how good a preacher Pastor Marvel is and how they would hate to lose him. Of course they didn’t know that since he didn’t have much to prepare this week he borrowed a good part of his sermon from an Episcopal Priest named Alastair , who posts his sermons on his blog. This is not plagiarism it is simply sharing the Word.
Nancy is having dinner today with Tommy, the writer. Actually she is bringing dinner to Tommy, the writer because he is so into his writing at this moment he can’t stop to cook. Nancy is worried about him neglecting his health just to get this novel done. Writers tend to do that you know. They also sometimes cut off an ear because of love. No! that’s artists. They are even stranger than writers.
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Today's Link-The Inside First-You hate fake chicken read this- Leave Dr. John in the comment as its as real as it gets.
We went to church at St. Mark's this morning. Thisa may be the church for us. I felt so comfortable . The pastor is not the greatest preacher but he seems to be a great pastor. Then we came home and I spent a dull day with the high point being the Sunday paper. I did visit most of the links on my list. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

16 Comments:

Anonymous janvangogh said...

Hmmm, cut off an ear 'cause of love. Havent tried that one yet.

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

I is good that I am a writer and not a painter. I need my ears to hold up my glasses.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I hope Pastor Marvel catches wind of the rumors and sets things straight one way or another. I've been through that with a dear pastor friend of mine. It stinks.

6:34 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Dr John

I will remember everyone in prayer you have asked to be remembered. I hope you find your Church soon.

I've visited Alastair's blog today and found strength in it. Our Pastor spoke of the same passage in Church a spell back.

A blessed Sunday is wished for you and Betty.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I just got home from Church...and I am filled with the comfort my Church gives me..I hope you find one you can feel the same way in.

Now Im going to fix dinner....spaghetti and tossed salad and peanut butter pie! woo hooo. lol

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Prayer list updated. Lutherans sound an awful lot like Baptists.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

My Prayers are with everybody! God bless all!

1:58 PM  
Blogger Alastair said...

Thank you for the mention again Dr John, I get great encouragement from your words, and value a compliment from you very highly indeed!

Your list sounded like a great way to spend Sunday - prayer, thought, more prayer, Church, rest. Amen!

Do you think we should be starting a 'Pigeon falls anonymous' group, it's all somewhat addictive?

Enjoy the rest of your day....

Oh, I should say that I've visited but not commented for a few days as I've been processing the post about why some feel the need to attack faith. Still not sure I have a hook on that! I guess we all react strongly to things we don't understand - and sometimes it's only in embracing the mystery that we find security.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

I believe in prayer and it has been offered up. Thank you for the link to Alastair - his sermon was really quite meaningful to me today.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Miss 1999 said...

You are the sweetest person, Dr. John. A good, person of faith, and I pray that you and your wife will find a church home that you will love. I will also pray for your friend as well, as she enters the priesthood. God Bless *hugs*

7:02 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Hi Dr John

The answers to my James Bond quiz are posted, see how you may have done

7:41 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

Thank you Sir for the prayers. How much i know how you have been busy sending so many my way, you and Betty. They hold me up along with your love and care and friendship. Life is ongoing and so is the opportunity to learn. I am trying to see how much i have and keep on focus on that. I do have lots to be grateful for and i have come very far...
There is no more black mold in the basement. A huge step for our immune system and lungs ;) !

I hope/wish/pray that you find a Church that is right for you. A place in which you can worship and make tons of new friendships. May The Lord lead you both to where He needs you and wants you.

Congratulations to Andrena, what a beautiful, blessed day it is!

James and Beverly are on the last bit of their journey but surely not alone. From so many homes and hearts, so much love and warmth is sent to them. You have been so kind to them, and i am deeply grateful that they have your support and prayers.
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Pigeons Falls would terribly miss the Pastor and his wife. I do hope that God leads his heart for this and any choice. Tommy keep on writting and loving it..
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I hope you and Betty are feeling better. How glad i'm that you had a good visit with God in His home. I do wish you all a blessed, peaceful and restful night. Thank you for everything and all my love.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous The Reverend Andrena Ingram said...

Thank you Dr. John!!! Soon as I flesh out my thoughts, I will begin posting how the day went. It was indeed worth every minute of seminary!!!

To God be the glory!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

A few years ago my husband and I were looking for a new church. It was one of the most painful experiences we have ever had. It felt like we were "muddling" for a whole year. Finally, we ended up going back to the church we were trying to leave. In the last year or so we would have loved to move on, but I think because of that first experience a few years ago, we just didn't have the motivation to go shopping for a new church again. It takes more courage, and motivation then we had. I hope you and Betty find what you are looking for.

2:00 AM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That saying is nice. God loves us so much that he gave us his only son to save all of us so I do hope we all remember that day and maybe try to change our evil or let's say bad ways so what gave shall not be put to waste.
Thanks for the visit.

3:51 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Read this on Monday, but offered up prayers just the same - blessings to Andrena as she begins her ordained ministry. Welcome to one more sister in a collar!

5:57 AM  

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