May these Hymns bring you a blessing.
May these Hymns bring you a blessing.
A parable that reflects “Loving Service”. Our theme this week – how do we offer love AND service to others?
Audio only link: https://fccdl.in/Yzg2brrldx
More about Jesus
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
I’m focusing on verses 2 and 3: “but their delight in in the law of the Lord and on His law, they meditate day and night.”
Do we delight in God’s law? Do we spend time in prayer, meditation, and study of the scriptures? Those are the questions I’d like to ponder today.
In the busy-ness of our lives we would get up, enjoy our morning routines, and get on with the day. For some the morning ritual, if you will, would include scripture reading, prayer, and even journaling. Basically, time with God. I know of one person that includes the singing of one or two hymns as part of this morning practice. This is time to which we look forward; time set aside so that our day begins in communion with the Divine. For others the morning is more like hit the snooze button again and again, jump into the shower, grab a coffee or tea, feed the cat and off you go. Do you see yourself in either scenario?
With Covid-19 slowing us down I wonder if some are spending more time in prayer and scripture than previously. I wonder if we are drawn back to something that had been important to us. Or, are we now finding the time to study scripture where before there seemed to be no time at all?
Why study the Bible? Why re-read the same scriptures year after year. Have you ever come across a passage that reads as if for the first time? Something new jumps out at you. God is saying something new, just for today?
I’ve found this to be true more often than not. This Psalm today is one of those readings. I remember from days in music ministry in an Anglican church where this Psalm, as all of them, were sung, or chanted. The words and melody flowed but the meaning didn’t stick. Well, at 21 years of age how many words run deeply. However, I do remember. Perhaps not the same meaning to me but the words are written on my heart. “Their delight is in the law of the Lord.” The commandments, the guides for living that help me find the right path each day.
We sing Tell me the Stories of Jesus and More about Jesus and are reminded that we want to learn more, to study more, and even, to know more deeply about God’s love for us. Here’s the Mind Map:
Follow the circle around and see what areas truly speak to you. One phrase:
“Speak O Lord”, was what I shared in worship.
Kristyn Getty, Keith
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Songwriters: Townend Stuart Christopher Andrew / Getty Keith
Speak O Lord lyrics © Thank You Music Ltd.
May your life be filled with the richness of the Word as found in Scriptures and with the many blessings you find around you.
Peace be with you, Barbara
We are planted. We grow. There are blessings to be found in each season. What is the season of your life?
Blessings surround us always. Open our hearts and our eyes to all that the Divine has given.
*picture taken from Pintrest
Verse 2 “And on His law they meditate day and night.”
Where is our focus this week?
I must admit some envy as I watch and hear this organ – beautiful.
I’m studying Psalm 1 this week in preparation for worship next week.
“Happy [Blessed, Joyful] are those who…delight is in the law of the Lord.”
Where do you find happiness, blessings, and joy? Are these findings in line with God’s law?
To ponder this week.
Psalm 5: 1-8
Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
Worship was a little jagged this morning. YouTube wouldn’t load, lap top frozen, and my keyboard would not change keys. A dear friend told me to take a deep breath. That breath, Spirit lead, allowed me to continue on Facebook. Goodness knows.
The upshot is that there is no video to load this morning to share with you here.
Prayers this morning:
The mind map is below. Follow the numbers on the map to get the flow of the message. You can still watch the Facebook video. Follow me @doll.creelman OR check out the DMS Pastoral Charge Facebook page.
ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA
April 10th, 2020
Good Friday Service
Friday ends but Sunday is coming….