Friday, August 24, 2012

Baptism Day #2

Robin introducing Jovan and his family, Jovan's baptism. Congrats!

Baptism Day, #1

Wanda presenting Fulton, Fulton's baptism and family. Congrats!

Carpe Diem, the Extraordinary Life: When Time Stands Still

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Joshua 10.5-14; Matthew 27.35-45

In our Carpe Diem series, we’ve been looking at time from the perspective of biblical theology, and looking for clues for living the extraordinary life. We examined the initiative of God in "the fullness of time". We talked about punching the clock, how we can be enslaved by time and how we can redeem it. We looked at productivity and priorities with the intent to find our "one thing" in God alone. We discussed the rhythms that undergird our life in time, the rhythms of sleep and Sabbath. And, today, we wrap up the series with "when time stands still".

Joshua - time standing still
Buck Showalter, "his clock"
time and team sports

Return to prior themes
fullness of time
kairos, kronos

Men of Issachar, "understood the times and knew ...", 1 Chr 12.32
Esther, "for such a time as this", Esther 4.6-14 (14)
Carpe Diem, seize the day!

Clarence Jordan, 1942, Americus Georgia, Koinonia Farm
KKK: We won’t let the sun set on people like you
Jordan: Pleased to meet you gentlemen. I’ve been waiting all my life to meet someone who could make the sun stand still.
from Common Prayer, p. ?

"Kickin' It Christian Style"

One of our Learning Center staff, Sarah, has started this wonderful ministry serving kids in York. Check out the article and additional photos from the York Daily Record.

Monday, August 20, 2012

With many advisors, plans succeed

Bethany's advisors . . . our church council and family picnic.

The Royal Telephone

Found this among the music of Robin's great-grandmother . . . a gospel piece from 1909 that uses the old telephone system as a metaphor for prayer and the spiritual life. The words and music are by F. M. Lehman. Enjoy!

Central's never busy
Always on the line,
You may hear from heaven,
Almost any time.
'Tis a royal service
Free for one and all,
When you get in trouble,
Give this royal line a call.

Telephone to glory,
Oh what joy divine
I can feel the current
Moving on the line;
Built by God the Father
For his lov'd and own
We may talk to Jesus
Thru the royal telephone.

Wedding Bells

Miranda and Jordan were married on Saturday at an outdoor service overlooking the Susquehanna River. Congrats to them and their families!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I scream for Ice Cream

Sunday afternoon party. Thanks to Lucy and Jeff for setting it up!

Carpe Diem, the Extraordinary Life (4): I've Got Rhythm

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Psalm 92 (a song for Sabbath), Genesis 1.1 - 2.3, Exodus 20.8-11, Deuteronomy 5.12-15, Isaiah 58.9-14

My childhood rocking chair

To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart,
the harpooners of this world
must start to their feet from out of idleness,
and not from out of toil.
            Herman Melville
            frontispiece, Eugene Peterson, The Pastor: A Memoir, 2011
Two reasons people do not have enough time:
            doing too little and it catches up with them – get to work!
            doing too much and it catches up with them – get your rest!

All our work begins with the work of God.  If we work in a way that is separated from the work of God, our work will not last.  But if we trust in the Lord, rest in the Lord, wait for the Lord, we will discover our work to fit within the work of God – not only in terms of personal calling, but also in terms of creativity, productivity, energy, and even joy.

Two rhythms for our times:
            The day begins with evening
            The week climaxes with Sabbath

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Carpe Diem, The Extraordinary Life (3): One Thing

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Psalm 27, Matthew 6.25-34, Deuteronomy 6.1-9

Opening Theme: I Love Lucy, “Let Her Roll” (vid, from Hyatt, SPAWAR)

Introduction: In our Carpe Diem series, we’re considering questions of time and the extraordinary life.  In the first week, we looked at the initiative of God in “the fullness of time”.  Last week, we considered our relationship with time, the way we can be enslaved by time, and how we can redeem it, particularly with the practice of thanks-giving or saying grace.  Today, we’ll be looking at productivity and priorities.  Next week we’ll look at the biblical rhythms that shape life in time.  And, finally, on Aug 19, we’ll finish off with the message, “When Time Stands Still.”

Productivity: Limit multi-tasking.  Eliminate distraction.  Discipline yourself to making and keeping a schedule.  Actually schedule time to work, rather than leaving your schedule open to make appointments with any one any time.  Do it immediately if it takes 2 minutes or less, rather than procrastinating.  Put on your big boy pants and make that tough phone call rather than dithering around doing nothing.  Use your to do list, and do it effectively: If it is getting too big to handle then it isn’t an effective tool.  Be willing not to finish things – a book that loses your interest, a task that diminishes in its return.  Touch your mail, and your email, only once.  Open it, read it, throw it away, respond, or file – immediately.  (See Hyatt, 10 hours). 

Now, the difficulty in being productive isn’t just the discipline.  Once you put it in place, you find your capacity increased.  You can do more, you do do more.  But that doesn’t mean we do better.  Michael Hyatt observes: As people succeed at work, they attract more and more assignments.  It’s like they become a task magnet.  “Give it to Laurie,” they say.  “She’ll do a great job” (Hyatt, not to do list).

Friday, August 3, 2012

Operation Overboard - Sunday Program

Sunday Aug 22, in the Celebrations service, our Vacation Bible School kids presented their wonderful program. Thanks to Laura and the team, and to Gregg the music man!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Carpe Diem, the Extraordinary Life (2): Punching the Clock

Matthew 20.1-16, Ephesians 5.1-21
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Opening Theme: Clip from Hook, Peter returns to his family a changed man, no longer tied to the job, having rediscovered his happy thoughts

In ancient mythology, Chronos was a Titan, a first-generation Greek god, the youngest child of the heavens and the earth (Uranus and Gaia). He carried a sickle, and harvested life. After taking the throne of his father, he brutally devoured his own children to prevent them from doing the same to him. And he was the god of time. No wonder. Human beings have always had a problematic relationship with time.

Last week, we talked about the biblical phrase "the fullness of time" (only in Galatians 4.4, Ephesians 1.10). We noted how God "seized the day" to "make [our lives] extraordinary", to make us children of God and no longer slaves. Now, there are many ways our slavery can be described. One is in terms of addiction – a slavery to sin and self-destruction, in any form. Another is in terms of time – a slavery to death and an end that will surely come for each of us, if the Lord tarries. Death, the Bible tells us, entered the world through human sin. "If you eat it, you will die" (Genesis 2.17). "Sin entered the world, and death by sin" (Romans 5.12). And, it introduces an anxiety that is manifested in countless ways, from the young person’s recklessness to middle aged workaholism.

In J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the two protagonists are both enslaved to time. Hook fears time and death, banishing clocks so that titan time does not find him. He pursues children, in the form of Pan and the Lost Boys. He meets his end in the form of a crocodile that has swallowed one of the clocks he cast into the sea. Pan refuses to grow up. He has the gift of joy, the naivete of a child, and the arrogant recklessness of an untouchable youth. In the film adaptation Hook, Peter left Neverland to marry and start a family, but forgot his joy, his "happy thoughts". He has become a venture capitalist, tethered to a cell phone, unable to linger with his family. He has become Hook. When the real Hook abducts his children, taking them to Neverland, Peter has to return to Neverland, rediscover his happy thoughts, face Hook, and bring his children home. He returns successfully, a changed man, ready to treat life – even life as a grown up – as a wonderful adventure.