Tell me about it!

As many of you know, Miss Emma was sick on Sunday so we headed out right after class to go home and limit the exposure of her germs.  Unfortunately, I think I got the full brunt of those germs and so I haven’t had quite the energy I usually have to give to this update.  So, I’d love for you all to post your comments, questions, and whatever else.  Tell me about the service on Sunday and your thoughts from the sermon/music – cause I missed it.  Dang it!

Here are the texts: http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/lectionary/CEpiphany/cEpiphany4.htm

Our friend, Bruce Puckett, informed me of another resource that you might enjoy as well.  It is daily readings from the lectionary – for daily devotions.  Check it out – I’ll link this week’s readings.  http://satucket.com/lectionary/1epiph3.htm

In light of our conversation last week on the topic of compassion, I encourage you to sign up to attend the World Feast in a couple of weeks.  It will be a challenging experience – and one that will help educate us all to the needs of our world.  Please come.  I think it will change you, even in just a small way.  You can email Donna in the church office at donnap@nrnazarene.org to reserve your spot.  The cost is either $2 or a canned good (or both).

Todd Maberry had a suggestion that I thought might be a good little project for us.  I’ll be putting together the devotional guide for the Lenten season that is coming up in a few weeks.  If anyone is interested in reading some of the texts and helping me put together some resources for the church, I would welcome your suggestions.

I look forward to hearing (reading) your comments about last week – or perhaps leading up to the discussion this week.  You guys truly make me look forward to our class each week and I hope you are finding it to be a thought-provoking and challenging time. 

Your fellow traveler,

jen

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One thought on “Tell me about it!

  1. Here’s the Corinthians passage from The Message. I like the wording.

    1 Corinthians 13
    The Way of Love
    1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

    Love never gives up.
    Love cares more for others than for self.
    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
    Love doesn’t strut,
    Doesn’t have a swelled head,
    Doesn’t force itself on others,
    Isn’t always “me first,”
    Doesn’t fly off the handle,
    Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
    Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
    Puts up with anything,
    Trusts God always,
    Always looks for the best,
    Never looks back,
    But keeps going to the end.
    8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

    11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

    12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

    13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

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