Advent Preparations

 November 30, 2011

Porch swing down in advance of snowstorm.  Listened to Handel’s Messiah to clear my head of Thanksgiving in order to focus on Advent, reflecting on end times and working on sermon.  Opened book of daily meditations by C.S. Lewis this morning and found the perfect quote to finish sermon.  Love the creative process!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 November 22, 2011

I get a break from preaching this week so took advantage of the break to submit posts for earlier psalms:  Psalms 1-9.  Check them out when you have a chance.  Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Psalm 9, Humility in Leadership


Oct. 30, 2011                                      Humility Joshua 3:7-17                          Psalm 9            1 Thes. 2:9-13             Matthew 23:1-12 Can’t talk about psalm 9 w/out talking about Psalm 10 – at one time one psalm that has been separated into two parts, an acrostic psalm, form of psalm where each verse, line or couplet starts with a new letter of the […]

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Psalm 8, What a Piece of Work Is Man


Oct. 23, 2011                          What a Piece of Work Is Man Dt. 34:1-12                  Psalm 8                        l Thess. 2:1-8               Mat. 22:34-6 What a piece of work is man!  How noble in reason!  How infinite in faculty, in form and moving! How express and admirable in action!  How like an angel in apprehension!  How like a god!  The […]

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Psalm 7, God, the Just Judge


October 9, 2011                                  God as Just Judge Exodus 32:1-14           Psalm 7            Phil. 4:1-9        Matthew 22:1-14 Psalm for today is an individual lament, the psalmist flies to God’s temple in search of sanctuary from those who would tear him apart like a lion’s prey, then he takes on oath that only someone who was innocent would […]

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Psalm 6, How Long, Lord?


October 2, 2011                      How Long, Lord? Exodus 20:1-4, 18-20             Psalm 6            Phil. 3:4b-14                Mt. 21:33-43 “With leaves crackling and crunching under our feet for the first time this season, my neighbor and I set off on our early morning walk.  Frosty night air and gusty winds had stripped tree branches and carpeted lawns and streets […]

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Psalm 5, Turn Murmurs Into Joy


Sept. 18, 2011             Murmurs into Joy Ex. 16: 2-15                 Psalm 5            Phil 1:18-26     Matthew 20:1-16 Dear Mildred,             Perhaps you are wondering why I am using such an antiquated form of communication as an actual hand-written letter.   Well let me tell you about the last few weeks.             As you know, my children presented me […]

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Psalm 4, In Peace I Shall Sleep


September 11, 2011                In Peace I Shall Sleep Exodus 14:19-31                     Psalm 4            Matthew 18:15-22 To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them. To die—to sleep, […]

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Psalm 3, God Is my Sheild


September 4, 2011      Psalm 3            God is my Shield 2 Samuel 22:32-37                  Romans 13:8-14                                  Matthew 16:21-26 Gen. 15:1  – After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” Dt. 33:29 – Happy are you, O Israel!  […]

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Psalm 2, The One True King


August 21, 2011                                 The One True King Jeremiah 31:7-9,18-20 Psalm 2                        Matthew  16::13-20 Growing up with two older brothers and one tv, didn’t have much say in what I watched – watched war movies, action/adventure movies, Hercules one such – gods would be sitting in heaven looking down on earth and watching exploits of their […]

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