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Psalm 100 Enter Ready to Praise

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. [NRSV]

Fill my cup Lord

  • If we are coming to church to be served, pumped up or filled we have not prepared for worship 
  • Come to worship
  • Come to church
  • Come in the holy gathering of the holy people ready for praise

Survey says

  • People come to church because of tradition, habit or hurting 
  • We owe it to God to encourage, prepare and teach each other to come ready to find God

Why?

  • God made us
  • We belong to God
  • We are Gods holy people 
  • We are sheep needing to a shepherd. 

How to Prepare

  • Joyful noise
  • Glad hearts
  • Start with Singing
  • Shouts of Thanksgiving g 
  • Proclaiming God’s goodness
  • Anticipating God’s faithfulness 

Are we Ready to worship?

Or start over

Bottom line today is a day of praise 

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Psalm 107:42 “Well, Shut My Mouth” 20150620

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1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor; they fell down, with no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder. 15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 16 For he shatters the doors of bronze, and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. 21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 

23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; 29 he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. 31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

34 a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.

35 He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. 36 And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;

37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield. 38 By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, 40 he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 41 but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

42 The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth. 43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord [NRSV]

One thing that strikes me about this psalm is that describes so many thing we recognize in the life and witness of Jesus. So it is important that we keep in context the words of this hymn for worship as images that Jesus later embodies that those who were familiar with the psalm in the Jewish community could see as fulfillment of God’s presence in Jesus.

If on Father’s Day, a dad wanted to see the good works of his son, the psalmist gives a good list that Jesus reveals in his teaching and witness.

  • Water for the woman at the well
  • The tearing of the curtain at the temple at the crucifixion
  • The woman who avoided death because none could cast the first stone
  • The calming of the sea
  • The healing of the sick at the gate
  • Jesus’ parables of sowing
  • Jesus’ parable of loosing saltiness
  • Jesus multiplying food for the hungry
  • The invitation for the prince to sell  and follow

This somewhat obscure psalm tells so many of Jesus’s teachings and stories in one and was written a millennium-plus before hand. It is remarkable inclusive of many ways God’s presence and message is revealed across the testaments.

Verse 42 is the response to the stories of God’s work.

When we see the ways God is reveled in the world, we can response in one of two ways:

a. We see God at work and we are glad, energized and joyful to see God at work.

b. We see God at work and shut our mouths.

The admonition (advice) is to

  • be wise,
  • give heed and
  • consider God’s love at work among us.

2015 Shut our Mouths or Proclaim God’s love?

Conference statistician Darris Baker reported the following 2014 statistics compared to 2013: And are we yet alive?

Conference Membership: 361,329 (Down 2054)
Professions of Faith: 5,398 (Down 204)
Average Worship Attendance: 119,976 (Down 3,121)
Average Sunday School Attendance: 48,888 (Down 296)

The mighty North Georgia conference is no longer the leader and we pray it is not on the same track that Mr Wesley’s beloved Church of England was on. But it begs the question: When we see God’s love present in the world do we give God the praise and witness to God’s presence? Are we considering and looking for God’s revelation in the world? Are we following in the witness of Christ in our actions and bolding in our words or have shut our mouths too long?

Homework: Outline this psalm and see at least 10 ways to practice our piety, to grow our spirit and witness God’s love through Christ in our lives, and then act accordingly. For we live in a world and season when people

  1. long for God and are thirsty. Give them living water.
  2. feed hungry,
  3. encourage the prisoners,
  4. offer thanksgiving and sacrifice,
  5. sing songs of joy,
  6. give peace to those at their wits end,
  7. go to church to support and be supported.
  8. be salty and bold in the face of evil.
  9. water a garden to feed the famished.
  10. open your mouth and share the joy rather than stay quiet and in your own mind.

Now Get to Work!

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2 Corinthians 13:11-13 “Holy Kisses” Last sermon at JUMC 20140615 Fathers Day

FathersKissesFinally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. [NRSV]

In Closing

Two favorite words of many folks who sit in pews on Sunday mornings: “In Closing” This is context of Paul final letter to the church at Corinth.

In Paul’s farewell closing, to a congregation he had shared joys and sorrow as well as challenges and great strides, he makes a final request.

  1. Put things in order
  2. Remember the Example and Teaching
  3. Find common ground
  4. Live in peace
  5. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Then he gives a final blessing: The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion with the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Think Intentionally

Knowing we remember the last thing and the first thing but forget things in the middle of the list, Think intentionally about Paul’s list:

Put things in God’s order.

Value What we have learned.

Let go of pride and control.

Value yourself and your part, but never out of balance with the Common Good.

Make Peace and live in it.

Seal it with a kiss and remind each other with a kiss every time to meet.

Moving Ahead

One of the good things about a move is that it forces you to put things in order. If there was a box I had not opened in four years I threw it away. There was only one of those this time.

Making a transition of home and work and relationships, banking, doctors, changing addresses, automatic billings, building new trusts, friendship and partnerships helps you grow. Can you image if we did things the opposite way, every several years, the preachers stayed at the churches and the members went to different churches and communities, not of their choice and not of their timing. I think it might true help bring some order and balance to our appointive system.

Get things in order, not for the sake of order, but for Moving Ahead..

Following My Teaching

The greatest compliment is to use what a teacher has taught you. Or better yet, to build up how a teacher has inspired you to become more than you were before. Paul pleads: Don’t forgot what I taught you.

Value Common Ground and you will find Peace for yourself and between each other (He is talking to the church and not the world at this point.) Can you believe there would every be fighting or division or evil or ill-will in the church? (Sarcasm for the Wit-challenged debators)

It is equally a vice and flaw for the church then as it is now, to think the church is ours. At my first church there was another church in the community that drew many members from every church in the county. It was known as “Rev Danny May’s Church.” Somewhere it changed from being known as the body of Christ, and became known as the empire of Danny May. Let’s not pick on Danny. Let’s just remember the church is not ours and it does not exist to serve us.

Make Peace with Each other and Expect God to Show up when we seek God’s will and peace.

Finally… Three points later, the Preacher’s preacher has a final call for action:

Holy Kisses

Every time you greet one another, seal the relationship with a kiss,

What is a kiss?  A kiss can have many different meanings. Paul is calling for a sign of love. If you just can’t stand the thought of sharing germs find another way to show that your CHURCH relationship is one based in love. Paul is not calling for a liturgical kiss, but something with power and meaning. Imaging hearing the preacher say, “You may kiss the bride” and groom just gives the bride a little peck on the top of the hand… we’d be worried the marriage was on the rocks. If you started kissing everyone in line a Ingles or Walmart someone would call the cops. Somewhere in the middle ground is a sign of genuine pledge of love that we begin and end our conversations… Seal the relationship with signs of love.

Blessings:

In Grace

In Love

In Community

Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit,

May All of God be in All we Do. Amen.

(The Father’s Day model signs of God in grace, love and community.) Not because you have to because you can, not because you are expected to, but because you want to, Not because you need, rather because you are needed.)

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Psalm 145:1-7 “Generation to Generation” JUMC 20120909

Psalm 145 I will praise you, my God and King, and always honor your name. 2 I will praise you each day and always honor your name. 3 You are wonderful, Lord, and you deserve all praise, because you are much greater than anyone can understand. 4 Each generation will announce to the next your wonderful and powerful deeds. 5 I will keep thinking about your marvelous glory and your mighty miracles. 6 Everyone will talk about your fearsome deeds, and I will tell all nations how great you are. 7 They will celebrate and sing about your matchless mercy and your power to save. [CEV]

The Good News of our Grand Parents

Some Good Stories, some times of struggle and loss. Some victories, celebrations and traditions

Charlie taught showed me about crops like corn, soy beans, and peanuts

Ruby taught be about hard work, writing letters and where McNuggets come from

Raymond taught me about storytelling (stretching truths), difficult bible passages, and anger

Tommye taught me to care for roses, cooking sewing and creativity.

Traditions and celebrations

Charlie celebrated a hard work day with a trip to the country store for a 6.5 oz Coke, 4:30am is for the animals breakfast, and Sunday was for Church.

Ruby celebrated Sunday by preparing all weekend for Sunday dinner and Sunday school lessons, custom making back to school jeans, making Brunswick stew, and cutting corn and shelling peas for months of meals to come.

Raymond celebrated the start of school with new Converse Tennis shoes, cashing a pay check in pennies to look for wheaties, testing the new preacher with Bible test questions and listening to the Braves game and watching their fireworks from the front porch.

Tommye celebrated making Sunday school creative and fun for over 40 years, sets the rules for Christmas gifts at Thanksgiving dinner, and lived like everyday was a Thanksgiving.

FAITH LESSONS THEY SHARED

Charlie: It’s Sunday, your not staying in bed, your going to church. Did you forget to brush your teeth or is that the chicken coop I smell?

Ruby: Why don’t you play the piano in church this Sunday, or sing us special song? You go to Sunday school and learn something new.

Raymond: Run in this store and pick up a brown bag with my name on it because it will be closed on Sunday.

Tommye: God is love, that’s why i love you too. (and a 1000 other intentional lessons of joyful, creative, gracious, thankful messages and examples)

The Other Grand Parents

I have a hundred other grand parent models in a dozen churches who have shaped my faith, held me up and

Some Bad Stries, some failures  and would-a-could-a-should-a

The Greatest Gift of a Grand Parent is to Give the Good Stuff to another Generations

Entrusting a legacy: Intentional Spiritual Growth

The Message we would leave for the next two generations and more..

The Self Examination

What would we do to make certain they would know and remember

What would we say or write or live our to be intentional

What are we doing vs what can we do

Today is a day of generations looking ahead to generations

Will we leave a legacy of debts or assets

Will we build for a future beyond our current weakness

Will we our journey is shared or they can figure it out on their own

Will we give it all so they do nothing or will we model what ethic and faith we hope for the future

Are we practicing as a generation to generation sharer, now?

If not, What are we waiting for?

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Mark 4:26-34. “The Great Raconteur”. Jumc 20120616 Fathers Day

4:26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade. 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. NRSV

It’s difficult to find good biblical examples of fathers. Noah, after the flood got drunk off his own vineyard and exposed himself to his children, Abraham ties up Issac and reads to sacrifice him to God, Isc had two sons Essa and Jacob and loved Essa more, Jacob loved Joseph best out of 13. Gideon had many wife’s and seventy son, David’s last request of his son was to kill his enemy, King Solomon had hundreds of wives and mistresses. Jesus only has his father for half his life time. Where can we find a godly father?

Census: U.S. 313,759,467 / World 7,020,470,886 / 11:36 UTC (EST+5) Jun 17, 2012
70.1M fathers of 150M+ males

Cost to raise child rises to about $235,000 June 15, 2012|Associated Press
WASHINGTON – For $235,000, you could indulge in a shiny new Ferrari – or raise a child for 17 years.

A government report released Thursday found that a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about that much in child-related expenses from birth through age 17. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from 2010.

The report from the Agriculture Department’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion said housing is the single largest expense, averaging about $70,500, or 30 percent of the total cost.

Families living in the urban Northeast tend to have the highest child-rearing expenses, followed by those in the urban West and the urban Midwest. Those living in the urban South and rural areas face the lowest costs.

The estimate includes the cost of transportation, child care, education, food, clothing, health care, and miscellaneous expenses.

The US Department of Agriculture has issued the report every year since 1960, when it estimated the cost of raising a child was just over $25,000 for middle-income families. That would be $191,720 today when adjusted for inflation.

Housing was also the largest expense in raising a child back in 1960. But the cost of child care for young children – negligible 50 years ago – is now the second-largest expense as more moms work outside the home.

The report considers middle-income parents to be those with an income between $59,400 and $102,870. The cost per child decreases for a family with more children.

Tell me the stories of Jesus…
What child need to hear from their fathers:
Letters from day: 25% of men verbally tell their children “I love you” only 5% also write it.

Telling the story
Jesus uniquely used parables to teach the deep and powerful truths of the kingdom, of God, and life. The gift of e story,…

Dads, tell your kids about Jesus.
Don’t assume they will guess correctly from your actions, they see you too often or too frequently.
Start with Jesus’s stories…. Google them, “The kingdom of god is like…”

Fables have a lesson
Parables have the same point no matter the details do the story…all point to god

The French name is the great story teller is a raconteur, this is the main character of my own fathers stories, Messier Raconteur… Told stories from around the world because sharing stories kept him alive.

This fathers day, give the gifts, you be the story teller and share the faith, today and everyday.

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