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Getting Out the WORD - the holy trinity
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:00

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."                 (matthew 28:16-20 )

the DEVOTION. . .

Rugged American Individualism! At least, that's what Herbert Hoover called it. It's a self-sufficient. . . self-reliant. . . by your bootstraps kind of thing. Do anything. Become anyone. All you have to do is put your mind to it. Your mind to it and your back into it. Unfortunately, when Rugged American Individualism comes in contact with faith. . . Well, more often than not, confusion results. Take, for instance, the last verse in Matthew's gospel. . .

"And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Jesus wasn't talking to any ONE, in particular. To Peter. . . or James. . . or John. . . He was talking to the Eleven! To ALL the Eleven together! He was talking to a group! To a congregation! To a church! And he says,"Remember, I am with Y'ALL!" Faith, like life, isn't about me. Faith is NEVER about me! But it's always about us!

The gospel truth is that no one lives just for himself. . . or for herself. . . We live for each other! No one is an individual! Not even god! God may be one god! But god, for us, is three persons! Father! Son! Spirit! "Remember," Jesus says, "We are with you. . . We are with y'all. . . now and forever!"

bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the day of pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 14:41

the PRAYER. . .

O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit.  Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

"After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. . . ." (john 20:19-23 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

I'd heard the name before.  Even knew a little of the story.  But, I have to admit, until last night, I never listened to any of his songs.  Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer/songwriter and when I was looking for a quote to use in this week's devotion, I ran across a line from his song No Woman, No Cry. . . "Good friends we have had, oh good friends we have lost along the way/In this bright future you can't forget your past/So dry your tears I say"

 

'What-once-was' is important!  Yesterday matters! Especially when that yesterday. . . when that 'what-once-was'. . . is people!  People we've loved!  People who have loved us!  "In this bright future,” we cannot. . .  we must not. . .  forget them!

 

Now, according to the story, it's Easter night.  A small group cowers among the shadows.  But, then, Jesus appears!  Blesses!  Shows hands and side!  Wounds!  Scars!  And he says, "In this bright future, you can't forget your past!"  You can't forget OUR past!  The sacrifice!  The suffering!  The love!  Even at times like this!  Easter evening!  Pentecost morning!  We don't. . . we won’t. . . we can't. . . leave Good Friday behind!  Instead, the cross follows us!  The cross leads us!  Into each. . . into every. . . bright tomorrow!


bob barndt, pastor
 
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