Whose church is WillowCreekCC?

Past couple days I read about Willow Creek Community Church where I have attended church and the church that listen to and attend Sunday services regularly online.  I am saddened.

He’s a Superstar Pastor. She Worked for Him and Says He Groped Her Repeatedly.

Willow Creek Church Says It Will Investigate Its Powerful Pastor, Bill Hybels

Whose church is WillowCreekCC?  If the answer is God, then God, grant us courage and faith!

 

 

when in doubt, pray

I’m telling myself, when in doubt, pray.  I am in the middle of writing a paper which is due tomorrow.  I’ve been sitting at my desk for couple hours now not being able to start getting back into working on the paper.  All I can think is, Oh Lord, Have Mercy on Me, Come quickly to  my aid.  Why is it, I mean it makes sense, but still, when things are going well, I’m not as desperate to pray to God.  But when I feel desperate for help, I am on it, looking at God and crying out for help.

My younger brother and I have a special relationship.  He contacts me out of the blue some times.  When I contact him, I may or may  not get an answer, but he isn’t so responsive.  But when he contacts me, he’s full on focused on communicating with me.  Actually, this doesn’t even happen so much now.  But it used to be this way few times a year.  He would contact me and have my full attention when he needed me to do something for him.  Even so, I welcomed those interactions because otherwise I wasn’t getting to interact with him much.  But oh man, oh man, how happy would I be if he just contacted me some what regularly just to say hi and to check in with each other!

So I wonder, does God just put up with what I bring or am I bringing to God my best as a living sacrifice?  I know the answer.  Though I have failed to execute this plan many times, I will once again try to be faithful, with God’s help!

The Inescapable God

I am preaching this morning on the following Scripture passage:

Psalm 139:1-6 (NRSV)

The Inescapable God

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

God knows us, what we do, our thoughts, in fact all our ways.  God even knows what I am about to do!  It is all together too wonderful.  Why?  To be not seen, unheard, not known, this leads to excruciating pain of alienation and isolation.  But to be known, to be seen for who we are, to be heard, and to be known not only for what we have done, but for what we are about to do is to be truly recognized for who we are, as we are!  As creation of God, what can we do?

As Samuel answers God when he was called in the middle of the night, I believe our answer should be “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).  

In order that light might shine out of darkness, for God who created us and wrote our lives in the book of life, we are persecuted but not forsaken: We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

To each of us, Jesus calls us to observe the Sabbath.  But this means that on the other days, we are working!  Doesn’t make much sense to rest unless you were doing something in the first place.  However, “The sabbath was made for human kind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).

For me this week, to shine the light means to speak about the need for caring for the planet we live on.  To bring awareness to all of us about the need to bring peace to the earth, to people living in it, but also to the environment.

My hope this morning is that you would take seriously the calling of God for you, in your life, in this time and place, to do what God calls you to do.  May each of us answer God, when God calls us, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).  

why I’m walking

I’ve committed to being a VIRTUAL WALKER for PCUSA Walk for a Fossil Free World! With this commitment I will walk 45 minutes daily from Jun 1-Jun 15 and raise $250. I commit to speaking in my immediate community about my experience and the need for prayerful active engagement in climate change ecological issues that affect us. I am walking for my nieces and the next generation to have a place they can call home.

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Augustine’s Confessions My Confessions

“Grant me, Lord, to know and understand which is first, to call on Thee or to praise Thee? and, again, to know Thee or to call on Thee? for who can call on Thee, not knowing Thee? for he that knoweth Thee not, may call on Thee as other than Thou art. Or, is it rather, that we call on Thee that we may know Thee? but how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? or how shall they believe without a preacher? and they that seek the Lord shall praise Him: for they that seek shall find Him, and they that find shall praise Him.” (St. Augustine, Confessions, Bk1, Ch1).

ice cream shop

I played ice cream shop with my favorite toddler yesterday!  Family by choice can be so comforting and loving even at times when you can’t visit your family by birth.  I do miss my sister and my sister’s two daughters.  But while I can’t visit my nieces, I get to visit my friends’ kids and oh yes, I get to visit my friends as well, and I just feel so loved!  So glad God shows me love one way or another!!

p.s. after playing ice cream shop, my favorite toddler’s parents took us to a real ice cream shop!