Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

Psalms 39

Oh the sheer anguish of this psalmist cry. Did you sense the agony and pain that he was expressing?

Sometimes the pain cuts so deep that all we can do is to cry out to God. Whether the pain is caused by our sins or other sufferings, it still hurts. As I reflect on this psalm, I too am reminded how short life really is. As the psalmist wrote in verse 5 & 12, "How short you have made my life...I am only your guest for a little while." (Today's English Version)

I celebrate that God is indeed the maker of creation and the giver of life. I know if there is any hope at all, it is in the Lord God that we love and serve. So, as short as this life really is, it behoves us to make this journey with joy. Joy that comes from a loving God who does not immune us from suffering but walks with us in those difficult times.

Embrace your journey sisters and brothers and live life to the fullest.

Pastor Dawn

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009

Luke 24:28-35
Sitting at table really is a revealing experience. In my family, it's at table where we discuss politics, church, school, and many other issues of the 'day.' It's at table as the fork meets the plate to gather another scrumptious bite, our voices elevate and speak what is on our mind.

When Jesus revealed himself to the two people it was at table. As he broke the bread and gave it to them, then they knew it was Jesus. Of course, it was. They could not wait to go tell about their experience.

When was the last time you had a revealing experience with Jesus? I hope you shared it with someone.

Pastor Dawn

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 19, 2009

Luke 24:13-27

What a wonderful passage to read. It comes on the heels on the resurrection of Jesus. We commonly refer to it as the walk to Emmaus. I have read this story many times. I have heard this story referenced in sermons many times. The intriguing thing for is to place myself in this narrative and ask myself these questions. Would I have known that it was Jesus accompanying my companion and me? Would I have sensed his awesome presence particularly after being an eyewitness to the miracles that he had performed? I think to myself, surely so. Yeah, right. I’m no different than the two people on the road to Emmaus.

Jesus in all of his splendor and glory reveals himself to me time and time again. I just need to open the eyes of my heart and be thankful.

Here's to the start of a great week.

Pastor Dawn

Friday, April 10, 2009

Luke 22: 1-71

Today I want us to focus on Peter and his actions in this passage. As is so often the case when I look at Peter and what he does I see myself in him. In this account he is so confident that he would never abandon Jesus, that his faith would never fail. So much so that he declares, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death” (v.31-33). But, Jesus knows otherwise. Jesus informs Peter that before the rooster crows he will deny him three times….and he does.

I am grateful that Scripture informs us of folk like Peter who enable us to put ourselves in the story, because they are so easy to relate to. In this occasion I see myself in Peter in that there have been times when I thought it impossible of me ever doing something and then I do it. Thankfully as we learn later on in the story Jesus indeed forgives Peter through his grace. Friends, we will at times make mistakes that surprise us, but God’s grace is there to forgive and to empower us to not make the same mistake again. If we were sinless and perfect then the events of this “Good Friday” would have been unnecessary. So as you come to the cross tonight join with Peter in telling Jesus how grateful you are!

God’s Peace,
Pastor Brad

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Luke 21: 1-38

Today is Maunday Thursday. Tonight we begin the Holy Triduum, the final three days of the season of Lent. It is a time for us to deeply consider all that Jesus Christ went through for us. We join with the disciples around the table as Jesus serves them in ways unimaginable, teaches and announces the new covenant. We discover that Jesus withholds nothing from them or from us. He is fully divine and has all authority yet stoops to wash the disciples feet. Friends this is the one we worship. He is the one who deserves our praise and the fullest measure of our gifts.

May we give in the same way that this poor widow gave. May we, like this woman, give out of our poverty. Friends Jesus gave us all he had to give, he held nothing back. This Holy Triduum let us consider how we can give of ourselves in ways that honor him.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Brad

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Luke 20: 27-47

It’s amazing all that happened to Jesus that last week that He walked this earth. Around every corner he had people challenging him and his teaching. We learn that Jesus was fully human so it’s hard to imagine the patience needed to deal with all that was thrown at him. Here we have the Sadducees in their arrogance challenging Jesus’ belief in the resurrection and the teachers of the law attempting to butter Jesus up. Jesus yet again responds in the most appropriate way filled with patience and the right amount of confrontation.

Friends, this Holy Week lets take the needed time to examine how Jesus interacts with those who confront him. Lets take time to pray asking for the wisdom on how we might reflect His actions in our own points of conflict. My hope is that we might receive the needed discernment to respond in ways that honor Jesus.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Brad

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Luke 20: 1-26

In today’s narrative we read of occasions where the chief priests, the elders and teachers of the law attempt to trap and challenge Jesus. They aim to fool Jesus into making a mistake so that they might arrest and even kill him. In each case they fail. They question where his authority comes from and if he submits to the “laws” of the land. Jesus responds by asking them a question, by telling them a parable, and by answering in such an astonishing way that they are left speechless.

These men have already made up their mind about how they view Jesus. They see him as a threat and as someone who will destroy their way of life. Through their clouded agenda they are unable to see the life changing power of the Son of God. My hope is that we are not guilty of making the same mistake by allowing a clouded agenda to prevent us from seeing what God has for us.

On Palm Sunday we began the most significant of weeks in the Christian year. Don’t allow any thing to distract you from what God might reveal to you this Holy week. Realize that in Jesus all authority resides and that in Jesus alone will we find our way.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Brad