Monday, December 2, 2013
This is just to remind anyone and everyone who has an interest in Restoration Church that we are having our annual All-Church meeting (that sounds so dull!!) on Dec 8th @ 3p at the church. We have some special news that should get everyone excited, and we'll try to make it as interesting as possible. Everyone is invited. Hope you make it.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I have had a few requests for my notes from the Thanksgiving Eve service. Here you go.
11.27.2013 Thanksgiving Eve, Psalm 136:1-9
Tonight we gather to share in the many things we have in common, and chief among them is our praise and thanksgiving for our creator God. We come here from different traditions and varied backgrounds, but we gather together under the outstretched arms of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ.
And we are called to worship by these Psalms that express thousands of years of thanksgiving, but also point forward to an eternity of faithfulness and enduring love. When Pastor O’Shea proposed these Psalms, I was only too happy to participate. Though I don’t have the years of study and insight into them that these other men have, I can appreciate the simple message of thanksgiving that each passage brings. And as I considered these first verses of Ps 136 I was immediately struck with the focus it brings to our heavenly Father as God of gods and Lord of lords, especially as it pertains to creation. And that is where I would have us focus for the next few minutes, because in these few verses lay creation and order and wonder and beginnings.
Our seeming insignificance is on display when we meditate on these words. We may even be drawn to recall the earlier verses of Ps 8 which ask,
“When I look at your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
And yet our attention cannot linger for long on the created without being overwhelmed by the Creator. We are struck with the idea that though our God set patterns in place and heavenly objects in motion, he is not remote; his connection to us is familiar and tender.
And it’s expressed perfectly in his steadfast, enduring love. As we work our way through these verses we are increasingly reminded of God’s mighty act of creation, yet each act is grounded in the simple yet profound truth of God’s all-sufficient, eternal love for the crown of his creation.
The writer of this Psalm would have us know that the created order of things was done as a great wonder, a miraculous act, of God Almighty, but also that he continues to do these great wonders, primary among them is the redemption of the lost. Those of us who stand on this side of the resurrection of Jesus cannot help but be drawn to this redemption as the pinnacle of all that Jesus accomplished. These continued acts of great wonder are on display in the movement from denial to acceptance, from the lost to the living, from death to life.
Thanksgiving seem trite and commonplace when we consider the works of the hands of God. But so much more so when we contemplate the plan of salvation that was in place even before the creation of all things. Yet we must give thanks, we cannot help but give thanks, and praise and glory and honor, for his steadfast love endures forever, and ever and ever and ever. He is God of gods, and Lord of lords, and his name is Jesus. Amen.
Friday, November 22, 2013
It was a year ago now that I found out about the All-Church Thanksgiving Eve service and 'invited' myself and Restoration to be a part of it. I contacted Laurie O'Shea, pastor at First Lutheran, the host church, and asked if we could play a role of some sort. We were graciously invited to play a part. This year of course, I was more aware of what goes on and, along with our praise team, Jim and Hannah, will be representing Jesus from the Restoration perspective. Join us November 27 @ 7p at Sacred Heart Catholic church for the Rush City ecumenical (big churchy word for all denominations) service. But don't forget to stop by the high school for a free bite to eat, 430-6p. It's also the last Wednesday of the month.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It's already the last Wednesday of the month so we're having a free meal at Rush City high school. This month we're having breakfast for dinner. Come in your jammies if you want to, but expect a good meal served by some of the most friendly people on the planet (some may still have bed head!) 430-630. See you there.