Pastor’s Musings

Excerpts from Chapel Chat

October 3, 2019

FROM PASTOR JAMES     It can be fatiguing to our spirits and bad for our mental health to over-consume the news these days.  It’s hard not to.  We have news coming at us 24/7 in the paper, on the radio, on TV, on the internet, on our cellphones and from countless other sources. 

      Did you know that there’s a place to go for good news?  (I’m not talking about the Good News of Jesus Christ we find in the Gospels, but that’s always a great place to start!)  The place I’m sharing with you is a website for the Good News Network (The Good News Network: Positive Stories 24/7 ).  The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the news of the day, I encourage you to check out the news you’ll find here with headlines like, “On 95th Birthday, Jimmy Carter is Still Proving Age is No Obstacle as He Builds Homes for Humanity” and “Kroger Donates $500,000 Facility to Rival Grocery Store So Community Won’t Be Left Without a Supermarket.”  Amazing!
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A Prayer Just for This Week:  Last week we shared a new interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer.  This week we have a new rendition of the 23rd Psalm that you might enjoy.  It is written by Bill Gaultiere and Kristi Gaultiere.  Posted on Soul Shepherding. http://www.soulshepherding.org
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The Lord Jesus is my Soul Shepherd who meets all my needs and makes me smile. He gets me to stop working and to relax with him in his Father’s loving arms. He takes me into a quiet place to be still and know that he is God and I am loved. He heals and rejuvenates my whole being with his grace from the inside out. He holds my hand at the crossroads and walks me onto the path of life. Even though I go through dark and difficult times, I don’t fear anything bad because you are with me. You discipline me in love and converse patiently with me to bring out the best in me. You prepare a celebration to bless and honor me right in front of my enemies. You anoint me with your Spirit to minister to others out of the overflow of your love to me. I can count on your generous favor and tender mercy coming to me wherever I go. I will live in the presence of Christ as his beloved in all things and at all times.

September 23, 2019

A Prayer Just for This Week:  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer.  Many of us are familiar with the New Zealand Prayer Book rendition (if not, click here:  https://godspacelight.com/2015/10/23/new-zealand-lords-prayer-a-prayer-for-the-week/ )  Today, however, I was pleased to find this new (to me) rendition from Christian Aid in England.  I hope you enjoy this one:

Our Father Who is in us here on earth Holy is your name In the hungry who share their bread and their song.

Your Kingdom come, A generous land where confidence and truth reign.

Let us do your will. Bring a cool breeze for those who sweat. You are giving us our daily bread When we manage to get back our lands Or to get a fairer wage.

Forgive us For keeping silent in the face of injustice And for burying our dreams.

Don’t let us fall into the temptation Of taking up the same arms as the enemy, But deliver us from evil which disunites us.

And we shall have believed in humanity and in life; And we shall have known your Kingdom Which is being built for ever and ever. Amen.

      An extra blessing in this is that you can share this good news with others!  (Just like you would about the Good News we hear every week at worship.  Everyone needs it!)