Psalm 133

Chorus 1
Hineh ma tov u’ma’naim
Shevet achim gam yachad

Chorus 2
Hineh ma tov
Hineh ma tov
Lai, lai, lai

Verse 1
It’s like precious oil flowing
Down the beard of Aharon
From the top of his head
To the edge of his robe
Hineh, hineh ma tov

Verse 2
It’s like the dew of Hermon descending
Upon the mountains of Zion
For there, the Lord commanded blessing
Life forevermore

Tag
Behold how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together

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May we find the many and rich blessings as we dwell together, apart.

Barbara

Blessed Sabbath

Our worship while we shelter in place.

Psalm 133

The Blessedness of Unity

A Song of Ascents.

How very good and pleasant it is
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
    life forevermore.

Sunday Worship, May 3, 2020: Victory!

We began with “Blessed Quietness” as we prepared our hearts for worship then joyfully sang “This is the Day”! God is good – all the time. The service concluded with “Be thou my vision”. May you be blessed.

Psalm 118:19-29 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,

    that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches,     up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/

Below is the map of this morning’s message as well as links to both youtube and audio recording.

Audio of worship this morning (click on the underlined – can be saved to your device.

Easter: The cry of my heart

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.[1]

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: 

  • for Pat P. as she heals from her injury
  • for all those who have lost their jobs
  • for quick resolution for those waiting for the CERB
  • for the family of Reta Warlich who passed this week. (Sheri, Joey, Sasha, and Abby
  • for families near and far
  • for Nova Scotia in the midst of tragedy

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.


[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/

He is risen! Jump for joy!

He is Risen!

Psalm 16

Song of Trust and Security in God

A Miktam of David.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”[a]

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
    in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;[b]
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
    my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
    or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.[1]

WELCOME in the name of Jesus, the Christ.

Sharing with you some ideas about this psalm and our lives today.

We’re standing in the middle of something so much bigger than each of us but our God is big enough AND small enough to tap each of us on the shoulder and say, “Have no fear, I am with you.”

I don’t often write out my full prose of my message and today will be no different.  The mind map that I will share at the end may seem confusing or odd but it gives a glimpse into my thought process throughout the week.

The big question and the following questions stem from this statement: “If you were to write a psalm today what would it look like?”

The psalmist today writes about how very present God is and not like the gods of the Canaanites. There are a lot or resources available on this Psalm – just ask Mr. Google if you want more.

Back to the questions. 

  • How would you write your psalm today?  Would you base it somewhat on Psalm 16?
  • What does your lament or tears look like?  Would you share that part of you?  That’s not always easy.
  • What songs would you sing today? Songs of joy, faith, or love perhaps.
  • Take the questions further – what does your dream look like?  For tomorrow or for this time next year.  What’s the dream for when we worship together once more?

Perhaps the dream would be about rising again.  We will arise!  We will find joy in today but also in tomorrow and whatever is next for us.

This morning we sang songs of Joy: Joyful, joyful we adore you, I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, and then finished with I can feel you near me God (Jump for joy).

Are you feeling joy?  Are you able to get excited about your dreams to come?

This we know for sure:  God is with us.  We are not alone.  Thanks be to God.

See my Mind Map below which is the short form of my message today.


[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/

Easter: Empty chairs, tables, and a tomb

Easter: Empty chairs, empty tables, empty tomb

He is risen! Start at timestamp 4:38 to skip the set up.

He is Risen!

Mark 16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Resurrection of Jesus

16 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and.

May we all share in the joy of the resurrection in new and different ways.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Amen

See my Mind Map below that outlines the message.