The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life.  A universal question.

The Bible has some thoughts to offer.  Here, here and here–all of our assigned lessons for Sunday, August 1st, 2010.

Can you take it with you?

This talk about the meaning of life makes me think of a Chinese Proverb.

If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow rice.

If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees.

If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.

Gracious God, you have invested deeply in us.  Loosen our grip on possessions to return the gesture.  Amen.

Persistence or Something Else?

The Gospel Reading for Sunday, July 25th is a collection of teachings about prayer.  Much is made about the section which employs the words, “Ask…Seek…Knock…”  It reminds me of this quote from Rumi, Middle Eastern poet from the 13th century, in his epic poem The Masnavi:

“I have lived on the lip of insanity,

wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door.  It opens. 

I have been knocking from the inside.”

Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.  Amen.

Better Part

This Sunday’s Gospel reading has a short story that functions almost like a parable in Jesus’ own life.  As he visits the home of Mary and Martha, he doesn’t so much mediate their dispute (the age-old question of action versus contemplation?) as he does remind them that they are both playing for the same team. 

There is ample room in life for both listening and serving, after all.  Each is necessary!  But Jesus knows something we seem to have trouble remembering:  the human heart is a poor multi-tasker.  We cannot listen and toil at the same time.   There is a time and a place for activity, and a time and a place for stillness. 

There is no time and no place, it seems, for resentment.

Lord of every part:   may the presence of Christ help us to discern what is the better part, in each moment.  Amen.

Living Parables

For our devotion around this Sunday’s Gospel Reading (7 Pentecost, July 11, 2010), I saved a copy of a poem published in the January/February 2003 edition of Lutheran Woman Today

 

Passed by on the Other Side

by Marianne Jones

I didn’t know he was really injured.  It could have been a trap;

you hear about those things all the time.

Besides, aren’t there authorities to deal with such matters?

Isn’t that what we pay taxes for?

Anyway, he was probably too careless, too trusting;

Brought it all on himself.

Is that my fault?

Prudent people take care of themselves.

                                     —

Of course I care about the needy!

I give my offering to the poor box every week.

I’m as kindhearted as the next person.

I would love to help those in need if I ever ran across any.

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4th of July Worship

If you live in and around Blooming Prairie, you know the 4th of July is the busiest day of the year.

It’s also a Sunday.

You know, God’s day?  The Christian’s Sabbath?  The day of rest and renewal, the day set aside for God’s Word?  Otherwise known as the first day of the week?  The day of resurrection?

Oh, yeah. That.

Which is why we’ve decided this Sunday, July 4th, 2010 is COME AS YOU ARE SUNDAY here at First Lutheran.

Yes, that’s right.

Dressed in your flip-flops and shorts?  Super.

Just got done with the 5K run?  Wonderful.

Don’t have anything else planned? Works for us.

So we hope to see you Sunday, July 4th at 9 am.  Worship will include Holy Communion, some mighty fine special music, and end with a litany for Independence Day. 

See you there. 

Come as you are.

P.S. The west lawn of the church has typically been home to many fireworks spectators.  All are welcome; the fireworks begin around 10 pm (weather permitting).  The custodians have the trees trimmed and grass mowed beautifully for you.  BYO lawnchairs and blankets. 

Have a safe and happy holiday.

(And a blessed Sabbath day, too.)