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    A Meditation for April 23, 2017

    Posted: April 23, 2017 by Carl DeLine   -   No Comments

    Day one Week seventeen Year 2017
    Welcome. Please take time to reply with your thoughts, questions, inputs you may have.

    Scripture Readings:

    Acts 2:14a, 22-32 • Psalm 16 • 1 Peter 1:3-9 • John 20:19-31

    Music choices:

    http://www.hymnary.org/text/joyful_joyful_we_adore_thee
    Joyful, Joyful we adore thee

    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
    Authoritative information about Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, with lyrics, printable scores, MIDI…
    hymnary.org

    Sometimes I believe worship should start slowly then build.
    Flashmob Flash Mob – Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven…
    youtube.com

    The element of surprise in worship is absolutely powerful. Imagine as you are sitting in the sanctuary everyone quietly waiting. Then a lady, a chambermaid comes down the center isle. She is dusting as she goes. Then young men carrying a throne like chair appear at the back of the sanctuary. They walk down the isle as if carrying a very special guest. The choirs enter from the wings inviting the congregation to join singing.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7OCs0d_4vM

    CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
    youtube.com

    You are now in an uplifted spirit and ready to sing! Please add your favorites.

    Prayers: Lord this is the Sunday after. The Sunday after an event that changed the world. An event that invited us then and invites us now to participate in a future that lifts us out of that which buries us. It is all about us. It is the daring act of God to risk the grave as an eternal message that we are called to be the resurrection people. We are called to live beyond the limitations of the pressures of others. We are called to live beyond the structures that often impinge the hopes, dreams and actions to be free. We are called in the midst of the pain, the brokenness to stand and be counted as those who not only sing I believe but walk in that belief. Lead us now in this act of worship. Be glorified I pray in Jesus name. Amen

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJiU5aWl0S0

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY (piano)
    youtube.com

    Meditation:

    You walk down the street, imagine the surprize when the kid who seemed to always let you down is now there, unsolicited, doing what you never expected him to be doing. You hear him talking and he is saying this is what it is about. That is what many woke up to in Jesus day. Peter, the “friend” who had denyed Jesus. The one who turned his back on Jesus is now there in front of everyone saying it like it was.  Jesus who was about the difference now makes you and me the difference says Peter. It couldn’t have been more clear if Peter had come out dressed in sac cloth and ashes. This is the time to rise, to live.

    The writer of the Psalm defaults to a spirit of joy. There is power in the promise. There is life. There is hope. There is joy. The sadness, the tragedy of the day cannot contain this power of God to be still. How often crisis is happening and life gets put on hold. Yet like the sound of the morning dove we are welcomed to a different reality. God still calls. God’s message, God’s word lifted Jesus from the dead. God still calls. God’s message now lifts us for we will live with a new strength a renewed purpose.

    Peter’s word are echoed in his writing as he dares to identify this life as more precious then gold. Trials – yes. Fire – yes. The outcome – the gift of life eternal. The gift of the salvation of your soul.

    Are these mere platitudes? Are these just a story to motivate you to feel better? The words of Jesus say not so. In fact Jesus moves on and says unless we choose to NOW walk in the Spirit, unless we choose to do the works of the Spirit, unless we choose to believe we will remain outside that blessing.

    Today is the Sunday after. It is all about us. Peter stood, he spoke, others listened. The message has not changed. The blessing will not change either.

    Amen.

    Closing thoughts:
    A song that caught me when I first heard it caused a change in attitude in me. I began to believe Christian music was discovering a maturity with a solid message.

    Take a listen. Hello, my name is…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJWQzjfU3o

    Please be safe, take care and God bless.

    Easter Online

    Posted: April 16, 2017 by Carl DeLine   -   No Comments

    Day one Week sixteen Year 2017

    Easter 1978 I was laying the hospital bed. My wife brought some clothes. I was convinced I would go to worship. I got out of bed, walked five feet to a chair. Tears came to my eyes as I knew I was now shut in and shut out at the same time. Thank you for joining me here as this becomes a worship experience for both shut ins and shut outs.

    Please read the following Scripture. Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6 • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 • Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43 • John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

    Adding favorite Easter Music: Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1830072063983260/?ref=br_rs   and add music and thoughts as appropriate.

    Christ the Lord is risen today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzy7jFNUc3w
    Hallelujah Easter Version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5diqGpttHDk
    Because He Lives https://youtu.be/PBvU7arNhQs

    Opening Prayer:
    Lord God we, I am grateful for one more Easter, one more resurrection celebration. Today is more then a religious experience it has become a physical victory. How many times is this real. It is new each moment of every day. Lead us all in this Worship. May our experiences, our hopes and joys lift us into your arms. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

    Meditation:

    secularism
    syncretism
    soul food

    Come on preacher man, get serious! It’s Easter time. Lighten up! Time to eat chocolate eggs, make colored hard boiled eggs, listen to majestic music and watch uncle Eggbert and aunt Harriet fall asleep on the sofa.

    Each week in my coaching work I ask people to consider random words and apply them to the day or situation being faced. Today is Easter, yet many Christians have opted out of the word saying it no longer has meaning. The resurrection celebration is a newer term and more true to the intention of the day.

    Then there is sarcoidosis.

    What does it mean to be a purest? What does it mean to say the word, to describe it for what it is or what it has become.  Ask many if not most people and they will tell you they know what Easter is all about. Yet listen to the words and you would think these people came from different universes. The same is true for sarcoidosis. There are those who will articulate, indeed pontificate as if the words rolling from their lips were nothing but truth. Then listen more closely to everyone, you will wonder if we all came from the same worlds..

    When we talk about carrying out some form of identifiable behavior it is here WWIII breaks out. Who has the right to define behavior, how it is carried out and indeed what can be seen as legitimate expectations from others? What is an acceptable normal goal for life itself?

    Syncretism is often the melting together of different subcultures. Religion, whether it is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or another creates a set of standards and expectations. The teaching about how people live today(or try) can be visualized in the immigration scenario as complete subcultures move around the world. Since starting this active discussion on sarcoidosis subcultures, this group has added people from the majority of countries.

    Today we struggle with words about a lot of things. What was known for many years as the Easter event was intended to speak not just historically, but also “theologically,” saying death, burial and resurrection. Perhaps it is time to apply that understanding to sarcoidosis as well. Sarcoidosis will test us, challenge us to the core. Once parts of us die new parts rise from the dust. A new life, a new person arises, not once but many times.

    It is here we then understand our new sense of calling. Our soul will be fed with the basics, with the essentials, separating us from the trivial. The Resurrection Celebration then takes on a significant meaning for all of us.

    I hope you have had a day of resurrection and new life. amen.

    Third Day – Soul On Fire (Official Lyric Video) https://youtu.be/i7lv9oMjv_0

    Your Prayer:
    Please add a simple sentence prayer sharing your thoughts, hopes in your new life!

    A Meditation for April 9, 2017

    Posted: April 9, 2017 by Carl DeLine   -   No Comments

    Please read today’s Scripture:
    Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 • Matthew 21:1-11

    In the Church Year this is traditionally known as Palm Sunday. It is a moment of anticipating a victory. People in their excitement had lost focus and had decided Jesus would be a hero. He would now end tyranny, pain, injustice. How often as we listen to the Christian music today is this the same message. Jesus will come crashing in, angels will charge in, a battle will ensue and you and I will witness the somewhat chaotic dismissal of evil. Evil will be in disarray and the ultimate good, the ultimate presence of holiness, justice will be laid bare in the war that is about to be won.

    Here are some songs reflecting this ultimate sense of victory.

    At the Name of Jesus
    http://www.hymnary.org/text/at_the_name_of_jesus_every_knee_noel

    Doug Oldham
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDOq80C6Olo
    The King is Coming

    A PRAYER:

    Lord God, a certain amount of our excitement is based on our need to be excited. As we face the uncertainties of each moment we then realize our ability to heal ourselves only goes so far. We like the people in Jerusalem look for a greater deliverer. Today we look for that because of our understanding of an ultimate hope and deliverance through Jesus Christ. Amen

    Please read the following Evening prayer as well. .http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/poetry-prayers-visual-arts/walter-rauschenbusch-prayers/

    THE MEDITATION:

    Shhhhhhhhhhh……

    Can you hear that?
    Many years ago I was asked to speak to a group of elementary students, about 500 of them. The teachers could not get the children to quiet down. They fidgeted, whispered, laughed out loud, moved around, etc. I looked at the Principal who had asked me to come. Raised my hand as if you say, it is okay. Then I began to walk through the students and make the sign for shhhhh. Within seconds they then did it to each other. When the room was totally quiet I asked the question, “do you see him?” I asked the students to move over as he will walk down the center of the room. The students moved as if to make room for the coming guest.  Then I welcomed him.

    Who was he? What was his accomplishment that even 500 students would sit quietly?

    He was in our midst. I introduced him as “quiet.” I asked the students what did they not hear? the first child said car horns, another said sirens, another said fighting. As the list grew the words described more violent thoughts. One child said mommy and daddy not yelling, my brother not swearing, one child cried out bombs. Then everyone sat silent. There was quiet.

    As I write this my mind moves to the hospital rooms and hallways of my past. I remember the times I just wanted life to end.  The sounds were no longer welcome sounds. Medical staff were rushing into my room believing I couldn’t hear anything. Staff were talking outside my door saying things they would not say to my face.

    I just wanted it over.

    I knew the end would come and everything would change.

    I had to tell myself   Shhhhhhh…….  There is more coming. This is not the end. In the silence I heard the change. Just as in the silence the teachers and staff heard the change in the students, I would have to be like them. I would name my struggles but I would then give them up and surrender to the silence.

    PRAYER:   Lord many people believe different things about the ultimate purpose of life. There are many thoughts about the end and the beginning of silence. This meditation today arises out of struggling with sarcoidosis. This month our attention has been drawn to the word boldness. I pray you give us the boldness to trust silence. I pray you give us the boldness to listen to the silence. I pray you give us the boldness to live and walk in silence just as the children made way for silence, may we make way for the power of silence. The scripture reminds us, This is the day the Lord has made, while we seek success may we always recognize with the crowds this is Jesus of Nazareth, the one who comes not just to bring life eternal but life with meaning and victory. Amen.

    Chris Tomlin Amazing Grace
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I&feature=youtu.be

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