So, let’s be honest. No matter how idyllic the sequestered life of retreat might seem as a context for relationship with Jesus, it is a far cry from the insanity of real life. Am I right? In real life, the alarm goes off at 6 am (if you’re lucky enough to sleep in) and barely controlled chaos ensues for the next 14-16 hrs. Chores have to be done. Children need to be chauffeured. Parents have to get to work. Errands need to be run. I’m sure you can fill in whatever the unique contours of your own life are, but you get my point: mundane, everyday kind of life sort of takes up a lot of time. If you’re anything […]
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And all the people responded with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of families, old people who had seen the first house on its foundations, wept with a loud voice when they saw this house, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted so loudly that the sound was heard far away. (Ezra 3:11b-13) ______________________________ People groups often adapt to change in fits and starts. Some people like fresh inventions and innovations; other people find the […]
“Tradition.” It’s a word that turns many people away. But I think that is because people often confuse it with “traditionalism.” As someone pointed out, tradition is the living faith of dead people, while traditionalism is the dead faith of living people. In fact, when we gather for Eucharist every Sunday those who are celebrating are not only the ones who visibly amble up to the altar, but also participating are members of what is called the Church Triumphant. Psalm 78 is a good example. Israel is to pass on (tradition) the stories of God’s faithfulness to succeeding generations. And in 1 Corinthians 11:23 Paul introduces the words often used in the Lord’s Supper 2000 years later by beginning, “I […]
Holy Trinity Church Fourth Anniversary September 2013 My Presence will go with you… There is a memorable occasion in the forming of Israel into God’s people that God promised Moses: My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. (Ex. 33:14) Holy Trinity is also being shaped by God’s presence. He is the power that launched us. He sustained our lives together these first four years. He enabled us to carry each other in the challenges of church planting: risk, learning curves, hard work and financial challenges; as well as sickness, hardship, heartache and loss. But his presence also enabled new friendships, forgiveness of one another, serving one another, learning to worship together as followers of Jesus […]