A Meditation for April 23, 2017

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

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