Sunday, March 29, 2015

10 Commandments

In an effort to both talk about God's law and biblical interpretation, the 10 commandments were taken to their logical inverse and then back.  Here is the "final" interpretation:
1. Place the purpose of the creator above all else
2. Do not limit who God is or what God does
3. God can only be used for love and to build up
4. Honor God and care for Self
5. Pay attention to those who care about you
6. Don't Kill Anyone PERIOD
7. Think about others first
8. Give freely
9. Love and Care for others according to their needs/desires
10. Be who you were created to be, not anyone else.

I think maybe I'll try to live by them a bit. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blessing for Supply Pastor Leaving

From Psalm 145: The Lord is loving to everyone; God's compassion is over all God's works. All your works praise you, O Lord, and your faithful servants bless you. We thank you God for your goodness and loving kindness as seen through Clark's time with us here at HVPC. Through our partnership, for the Spirit that has empowered us to witness and we give you praise. Praise for the the Good News Clark has proclaimed through his leadership, care and support. We now send him forth with our blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace both this day and forever. Amen and Godspeed.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ash Wednesday Prayer Stations:



Lint or Lent?

When you hear the word lent what comes to mind?
Many people don’t know the difference…LINT OR LENT?
Is it something in your belly button or your dryer?
What about a season of the church year designed to bring you closer to Jesus?

Use this lint brush as a prayer of confession…
God removes the “lint, -
The junk that is stuck to us…
The sin that so easily entangles us…

As you roll the lint brush over your clothes talk to God about the Lint, the junk, in your life you need him to remove.

Ask God to show you any lint that is blocking your relationship with him as you roll the lint brush on your shirt/ jeans, picture the junk being removed.

And know that God loves you and forgives you.



Locked Away

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
(Isaiah 61:1)

Moments after the very beginning, we locked ourselves away. We were not fooled or tricked, no one pushed us in and slammed the door behind us, nor were we forced. By our own accord we entered the cell, locked the bars and threw the keys far beyond our own reach. In search of what we thought was freedom, we entered captivity. Another day, another lock, as hope and life slip away together and we realize that under our own strength there is no possibility of escape.

Write down your personal burdens on a slip of paper and place your that paper into a jar with others and close it back off, a reminder of how we keep these things locked away, but also a reminder that we are one among many, in a community able to share our burdens









A Desert Place

As you begin your Lenten journey, wash your hands in the bowl of sand as an act of repentance.  This is a reminder of the wilderness where Jesus spent his forty days of fasting and prayer.
Talk to God about where you are and where you want to be in the next few weeks before Easter.

Now wash your hands in the bowl of water and allow God to refresh you and allow the Living Water to encourage you as you journey with Jesus during the days before Easter.
YOU ARE CLEAN…YOU ARE LOVED…YOU ARE FORGIVEN





Letting Go
Take a Nail and write on it your initials or name.
Consider the things that you have done that may have hurt God or others over the past year. 
Place the nail into the loaf of bread as a reminder of these things, but also be at peace, for Jesus himself has already said “It Is Finished” 
Repent, Turn Away, Let Go, and Be at Peace in God’s Grace.















Words of Lent

We are called to bring Christ to all the world. Think about words that describe how you can bring the things of God to the world and add them to the puzzle, If you can't find a place your words will fit, start a new puzzle, and see if someone later can make a connection between them.

Read over the puzzles before you leave and pray over the things that we as a community hope for.



Light of the World

Jesus knew what it was like to be an outcast, to be at risk, to be an outsider, to struggle in a world where powers rage. These struggles are all over the world. Take a sticker and place it on the map in a place where you know people need peace and prayer.

Offer prayers for all the places and people of the world.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ash Wednesday Service



WELCOME/INVITATION TO A HOLY LENT
Leader: Peace be with you.
People: And also with you.
From our book of common worship:
Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.

OPENING PRAYER
Almighty and merciful God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all who are desire it; create in us new and humble hearts, so that when we turn to you we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.                  

TIME OF REFLECTIVE SILENCE (with selections from Joel 2) **Spoken by unseen voice**
(Silence)
Joel 2:1
(Silence)
Joel 2:12-13
(Silence)
Joel 2:15-16
(Silence)
Joel 2:17

LITANY OF CONFESSION
Leader: We have not loved you with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven. Lord have mercy.
People: Lord have mercy.
Leader: We have been deaf to your call to serve. We have been unfaithful, proud, and hypocritical. Christ have mercy.
People: Christ have mercy.
Leader: We have been self-centered, and have taken advantage of others. Lord have mercy.
People: Lord have mercy.
Leader: We have been envious of those more fortunate than ourselves. Christ have mercy.
People: Christ have mercy.
Leader: We have loved worldly goods and comforts too much. We have been dishonest in daily life and work. Lord have mercy.
People: Lord have mercy.
Leader: We have neglected prayer and worship, and have failed to commend the faith that is in us. Christ have mercy.
People: Christ have mercy.
Leader: We have been blind to human need and suffering, and indifferent to injustice and cruelty. Lord have mercy.
People: Lord have mercy.
Leader: We have thought uncharitably about others, and we have been prejudiced towards those who differ from us. Christ have mercy.
People: Christ have mercy.
Leader: We have wasted and polluted your creation, and lacked concern for those who come after us. Lord have mercy.
People: Lord have mercy.
ALL: Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done. Our sin is found in ignorance, in weakness, in our own deliberate fault. We are filled with sorrow so we repent and turn to you. Forgive us and renew our call to work for the glory of your grace. Amen.  

NOTHING CAN TROUBLE (Hymn 820, Acapella)

IMPOSITION OF ASHES
Loving God, you create us from the dust of the earth; may these ashes be for us a sign of our penitence and our mortality, and a reminder that our life is lived eternally only in living for Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Please come forward and receive the ashes.
Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

LITANY OF ASSURANCE AND SIGNS OF GRACE
Leader: In our deepest darkness, God beckons us, calling us to peace, to quietness, to wholeness.
People: The world around us is filled with coldness, fear and restlessness.
Leader: It is of our creation, via greed, hatred, envy, all things broken and selfish.
People: Take us and heal us of every evil. Bring us back into the closeness of your embrace, O God.
Leader: Your cleansing love, O God, purifies, restores us with warmth and rest
People: In our night we hear God call, offering love and strength and forgiveness.
Leader: With God we need not fear, hate, nor control. Let us walk in the light of God.
ALL: Amen.

REMEMBERENCE OF BAPTISM
The grace of god that overcomes all things and is symbolized in our baptism.  So you are now invited to come forward and remember your baptism and receive the water of grace.
Repent and believe the Good News: God is making all things whole.

LITANY OF FAITH
Leader: The end is God’s and the beginning is God’s.
People: The storm is God’s and the peace is God’s.
Leader: The depths are God’s and the heights are God’s.
People: The dark is God’s and the light is God’s.
Leader: For all times, all things and all creation belong to God.
People: Travel with God towards the end from the beginning.
Leader: Walk with the God who is your salvation.
People: Continue with God through the storm and the peace.
Leader: Walk with the God who is your deliverance.
People: Wander with God across the depths and the heights.
Leader: Walk with the God who is your restoration.
People: Tarry with God in the dark and the light.
Leader: Walk with the God who is your assurance;
People: For all times, all things and all creation belong to God.
ALL: Amen.

BENEDICTION
Go with God’s grace, in the name of Christ, with the power of the spirit to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Advent Prayer Station Thoughts

Some thoughts for Advent Prayer Stations:
Advent Prayer Stations:

Station 1 – Toys
Dump Truck, Melting Paper, Markers, Water, Instructions
Instructions: The joy of a child unwrapping a Christmas toy is often a highlight of the season, but we are often too wrapped up in our “toys” and things of this world to hear God calling out to us or too see God acting in the world. What “toys” keep you from fully hearing God? Write them on the translucent film and then place them in the dump truck, when done, you may drive the truck over to the water and dump your load into the water where it will melt away.

Station 2 – Music
Strips From Old Hymnal, Stapler, Instructions
Instructions: Look through the strips of music and lyrics from our seasonal songs, find one that touches you and add it to the paper link chain. Read over the choices of others and consider the meaning of the season in the life of the church and the world.

Station 3 – Trimming
Glass Ornaments, Construction Paper Scraps, Tinsel, Pens, Instructions
Instructions: This is the season where we trim our trees, but it's also a good time to consider trimming our lives. We can do that by trimming off the things we don't want in our life, or by trimming our life with the beauty of things we want more of. Think about how you'd like to trim your life, write down your desires on a scrap of paper and place it in a glass Ornament and offer it up to God.

Station 4 – Coloring
Crayons, Print Outs Of Christmas Story Pictures, Instructions
Instructions: We often think of Christ as the light of the world, but light doesn't just bring illumination, but also the brilliance of colour. Find a picture that touches you and sit for a moment and add colour to it.

Station 5 – Hope to the Poor
Basket of Pennies, Money Box, Instructions
Instructions: Many cannot afford the kind of Christmas we may be able to afford. Many do not have enough to even eat or have shelter. Take a coin from the basket and hold it. Consider how we may be able to share what we have with others. Pray that God will give you strength and wisdom to find ways to give freely and generously, then place your coin into the giving box.

Station 6 – Watching and Waiting
Candle Lit, Prayer, Instructions
Instructions: Sit and watch the flickering of the light, think about how God coming to light the world through Christ is a flickering light in the world today, the places where the light is bright, and the places where it seems a bit less likely to stay lit. Read the prayer below and think about how you watch for God in the world today:
The advent of our Lord is near and we long for his coming
We long for new light to shine where there has been darkness.
The advent of our Lord is near and we long for him to call us home
We long for new hope to reign where there has been death and despair.
The advent of our Lord is near and we long for him to appear
We wait on tiptoe attentive to all the signs of his coming
God we have caught a glimpse of your Messiah healed world
And we long for its coming
We long for the place where all beauty comes from
The place where all life is renewed
God we live in anticipation of Messiah’s birth and the world’s rebirth
And we long for its coming
God we long to come home to your world of wholeness and peace
Home to your eternal world where love reigns over all. - (Prayer by Theresa Cho)

Station 7 – Words of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy
Scrabble Tiles, Instructions
Instructions: We are called to bring the Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy of Christ to all the world. Think about ways you can bring these things to the world and add them to the puzzle, If you can't find a place your words will fit, start a new puzzle, and see if someone later can make a connection between them.

Station 8 – Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards, Pens, Instructions, Marked Directory
Instructions: Think about someone who may be lonely this time of year (if you need help, check the directory) and write them a Christmas Card and address the envelope. Place your sealed envelopes in the sleigh and we will make sure they get delivered!

Station 9 – Light of the World
World Map, Stickers/Stick Pins, Instructions
Instructions: Jesus knew what it was like to be an outcast, to be at risk, to be an outsider, to struggle in a world where powers rage. These struggles are all over the world. Take a sticker and place it on the map in a place where you know people need peace and prayer.

Station 10 - Kingdom Thoughts
Air Dry Clay, Instructions
Instructions: Part of the waiting of Advent is not just historical, but ongoing today as we wait for God's Reign here on earth.  Use the clay and the creative abilities God has given us to create an item, or symbol, or word that represents part of what God's Reign looks like and add it to the scene on the table.

Station 11 - Memories
Christmas Smells (Peppermint, Gingerbread, Potpourri, Pine, etc.), Instructions, Markers, Paper covering Table
Instructions: Take in the various smells around the table and write down what memories they bring about,  As you look over your memories, see what prayers they inspire, maybe for yourself, maybe for others, and take a moment to share those prayers with God.

Station 12 - Prepare ye the way
Soil, Gutter, Spade, Seeds, Instructions
Instructions: We are called, as John the Baptizer was, to prepare the way of God, to make the ground fertile, and to plant the seeds of faith.  Take a moment to till some soil and add a seed and as you do so consider the places in your life where you can help prepare the soil and plant the seeds for others to find justice, peace, love, joy, and thus find God.

Station 13 – Walking in the light
Electric Candles, Garland set up as a spiral on the ground, Instructions, Small Table, Space
Instructions: Take a couple of deep breaths before beginning. Step into the spiral, and walk quietly to the middle thinking about the year gone by. Think about places you felt close to God and places God felt further away. Once you get to the middle pick up and turn on a candle, as you walk back out, find a place where it seems appropriate to set your candle along the garland and leave your candle there.