Elton Trueblood used to tell the story that a pastor once preached on the subject of
service. It was a powerful sermon and at the end of his words he invited all those who
were willing to commit themselves to serving the cause of Christ in some particular way
to come forward and stand with him at the altar. To his amazement, 100 people came
forward to the front of the church. The pastor's face went pale and a man standing near
heard him whisper, "Oh, God, how can I possibly use 100 ushers?" Jesus' deeds and
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.