Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Creator, Redeemer, and Guardian: A Quote from the Pentecost sermon by James D. Curran

“The counselor that was assigned to me, for the sake of anonymity, we will call him Joe, worked very close with me… in one of our sessions he said, “I saw you brought a Bible with you, are you a Christian?” I said, “Yes sir.” He said, “Do you believe in God the father almighty?”  I said, “Yes sir.” He said, “Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?” I said, “Yes sir, I do.” He said, “ And have you welcomed the Holy Spirit into your heart and surrender to His will?” I said, “ yea, I think so?” He said, “That’s a no.” God's eternal invitation to a relationship with His grace and majesty, is dependent upon our acceptance of, congress with and worship of Him in all three forms, Father, Son and Holy Spirit the blessed Trinity of Creator, Redeemer and Guardian, and when we invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts, that His will be done through us, how can we not have hope. Hope that with the Holy Spirit working through us, we will fulfill God’s kingdom purpose in our lives.” James D. Curran

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Making Family Memories as Overnight Family Promise Host by Lacy Ngo

My 5 year old, 2 year old, husband, and I just finished spending the night at St. John’s as the overnight host of our Family Promise guest. This was one of the highlights of our summer, and we have had an eventful summer. Our experience of staying overnight at the church was even more special than eating dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming at Disney World! When the evening began, we loaded up our car with our luggage, some fun books, and family games, and headed over the church.  As soon as we walked into the building, a friendly young boy greeted Hilt, my son, and asked Hilt if he wanted to play cars with him. They were friends in an instant. When dinner began, the same little boy asked if Hilt could sit with him. Later, this young man noticed that I did not have a chair, and without a word, he walked to the other side of the room to get me a chair. I was amazed at how thoughtful this little 7 or 8-year-old boy was. He not only, generously shared his toys with Hilt, but was observant to the fact that I did not have a chair. It was an honor and joy to spend time with such thoughtful and kind hearted people. After dinner, our guest headed off to get ready for bed, and my little family headed to the lobby to play some of the family games we had packed. We snacked and played our games together. Then, we headed to our room. The fun didn’t end there. We pushed our air matrices together and read books before dosing off to sleep. Our room was comfy and came with a TV and DVD player. We noted that next time we would bring a DVD along with our games. The next morning we packed up our things and headed to Hardees for a special breakfast treat. All of us made such fun memories as a family that night, and we are ready to volunteer for our next overnight stay at our church.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Lesson From Crosswalk Sunday School Class (Paraphrase from James Williamson)

Sometimes our children go through pain, and as parents, we want to keep them from it.  But then I think back on some of my hard times and how much I have grown from it.  I sometimes even realize later that I am glad I went through the hard time, because I see how God used it.  I think, God as our parent, may feel the same way.  He doesn’t like when we go through pain, but he knows sometimes it will help us.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Quote from Lauren Reinhardt

“No one can be super mom, super man, super dad, super anything until we recognize that our power to do anything first comes from our relationship with Christ who strengthens us….In all our going and doing, we get distracted from God unless we sit down with God first…I challenge all of us to seek Him daily throughout he word…This is a lifestyle choice that is going to mean saying no to some things, so that we can say yes to better things.  When we work intentionally at keeping Him the center of our lives, we really do become kinder; we can love better, and in the end that is really what we are called to do.” Lauren Reinhardt

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Quote from Lollie Haselden

"When I am not sure what to do or what Jesus would want me to do, I err on the side of compassion." Lollie Haselden

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother’s Day Prayer—The Wide Spectrum of Mothering

 Adapted by Rev. Jonathan Tompkins from The Wide Spectrum of Mothering by Amy L. Young,

God our ultimate Mother,
We thank you for the wide spectrum of mothering:
We celebrate with those who gave birth this year to their first child
We mourn with those who lost a child this year
We appreciate those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains
We grieve with those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away
We pray for strength for those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
We thank you for those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms
We celebrate those who have warm and close relationships with their children
We sit in prayer with those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with their children
We cry with those who lost their mothers this year
We cry with those who experienced abuse at the hands of their own mother
We pray for those who are single and long to be married and mothering their own children and ask for forgiveness when we are oblivious to their experience
We pray for step-moms and we walk with you on these complex paths
We grieve and rejoice with those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year
We celebrate and offer our care to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising
Loving God, Mother who gives us life and nourishment,
We offer our prayers through Jesus Christ, who cared for his mother from the cross,
and who taught us to pray…