Blog: Thoughts on Thankfulness-Everyone has a Story, November 16, 2019

Everyone Has a Story

 

Psalm 107:4-9

 

We all have a story to tell.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a pastor is getting to hear people’s stories.  Sometimes they are stories of heartbreak and suffering.  Other times the stories are of victory and redemption.  The more stories I hear, the more I realize how much humanity has in common.  Yes, all the stories are unique, but there are common threads running through all of our stories.  We have all experienced highs and lows, justice and injustice, fairness and unfairness, suffering and joy.  How these events and emotions manifest in each of our lives is unique, but we all experience them one way or the other. 

            No circumstance you may face is outside the reach of God’s presence.  At times you will feel like you are all alone and no one could have possibly had to endure what you are going through.  This is a real feeling, but an untrue reality.  God continually offers His presence to those going through the most difficult times of life.  Psalm 107 begins by giving thanks for the Lord’s goodness and His love enduring forever.  Then the psalmist begins to tell stories of redemption and hope.

            At what point in your life have you felt like you were walking in a desert wasteland.  Walking in circles with no purpose or direction, knowing that eventually you would not be able to walk any further.  You fear the desert will overwhelm you and suck you beneath the sand.  We live in a time where culture has defined our destination, but that destination is only a mirage.  Our culture says that our purpose, meaning and happiness will be found by following our heart’s desire.  We are encouraged to pursue wealth, popularity, and comfort.  These things in and of themselves are not bad, but when they define our meaning and purpose, they become devious and deceptive.  Even if we are able to achieve these things, we find they are only a mirage giving the image of happiness, but quickly fading into the horizon.

            God created us in His image, and He is the source of our meaning and purpose.  If we want to experience the destination of joy, peace, love, and fulfillment we must follow the path of the Creator.  There will be times in your life you are wandering in the desert in search of meaning and purpose.  Make sure you look to the God who loves you to find your way and not cultural expectations.  We can all be thankful for God’s presence in the desert. 


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Sunday Snippets: November 17, 2019

Sunday Songs:
 
 
 
Scripture Reading
 
 
Announcements:
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
Bring your Operation Christmas Child box by this Sunday.  Donations for shipping costs can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
November 24-Christmas Decoration party
December 8-Church at the Christmas Tree Farm
December 14- Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing
December 22- Christmas Candlelight Service
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Blog: Thoughts on Thankfulness in Psalm 107-Part 1

Thanksgiving Thoughts

 

Psalm 107:1-3

 

Well, Fall certainly took the scenic view to arrive this year, but Fall has officially arrived.  In early October, I was still watching football games on Friday night in what felt like a convection oven.  The last few Friday nights I have tossed away all shame and huddled under a blanket and worn a hoodie.  I love Fall.  So many things begin to change. The landscape changes and the cool mornings and evenings are tremendously rejuvenating.  In addition to the changing weather, I also love the fact Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I love Thanksgiving.  I don’t particularly love turkey, but when eaten with family at Thanksgiving the turkey always tastes better. 

I could easily get on my soap box and talk about how culturally we have skipped over Thanksgiving and gone straight for the consumeristic celebration of secularized Christmas. I could easily make the case that we should boycott all stores who put out Christmas stuff in October (of course we would not be able to go anywhere).  I could easily bemoan the reality of hearing Christmas music in November, and I could whine about all of the Christmas movies already flooding Netflix and my DVR que at home.  Thankfully, I will not bore you with my soap box; anyway, where was I?

Thanksgiving is awesome!  We have so much to be thankful for and yet we have perfected the art of being ungrateful.  This month let’s start a habit of being grateful that will permeate our lives from here on out.  To help us in this process we are going to look at Psalm 107.  Each week we will work through more of the Psalm.

 

Take a few moments and read Psalm 107:1-3.

 

Have you taken some time lately to reflect on the ways God is good?  Have you become so consumed with the problems of the world and the false reality portrayed in social media you skip over the good surrounding us?  I encourage you to start being thankful for the small things that may seem insignificant; ice cream, left over Halloween candy, a cool breeze, a warm ray of sunshine, the smile of a friend, hearing a good song at just the right time, etc.

After getting warmed up in being thankful, start to think more broadly across your life.  How has God been good to you?  How has His love endured throughout the ups and downs of your life?  This can be painful, because we naturally remember the difficult times of life and we typically don’t want to relive the pain and suffering associated with those points in our life.  Sometimes the most amazing examples of God’s goodness are found when we look back openly and honestly at the storms of our life. 

Being thankful and looking for how God was good through the storms of our life is a helpful way to find healing from the results of the storm.  I have tried to be very intentional about doing this when I think about the storms of my life.  I find being thankful helps to push out the bitterness, anger and hurt the storms of life typically bring.  Now, rather than negative feelings overwhelming me when I think about past struggles, I am able to rejoice in God’s presence through the storms. 

Psalm 107 begins by encouraging the people of God to tell their story of redemption, hope, and victory.  As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving let us all remember our stories of God’s goodness and love.


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Sunday Snippets: October 10, 2019

 
Songs for this Sunday:
 
 
Scripture:
 
 
Announcements:
Home Churches are up and meeting.  The Christiansen and Bryant group meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month and the Bornowski group meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Childcare is provided for the Bornowski group.  Sign up at any time to get involved. 
Bring your Operation Christmas Child box this Sunday if possible, Nov 17 is the last chance.  Donations for shipping costs can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
 
November 24-Christmas Decoration party
 
December 8-Church at the Christmas Tree Farm
 
December 14- Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Sunday Snippets: November 3, 2019

Sunday Songs:
 
 
Scripture Reading
 
 
Announcements:
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
Bring your Operation Christmas Child box by November 10.  Donations for shipping costs can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
November 24-Christmas Decoration party
December 8-Church at the Christmas Tree Farm
December 14- Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Sunday Snippets: October 27, 2019

Sunday Songs:
 
Only King Forever
Stand in Your Love
Nobody Loves Me Like You
Great I Am
Freedom
 
Scripture Reading
 
Genesis 1:25-31
 
Announcements:
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
Bring your Operation Christmas Child box by November 10.  Donations for shipping costs can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
November 24-Christmas Decoration party
December 8-Church at the Christmas Tree Farm
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Sunday Snippets: October 20, 2019

Sunday’s Songs:
 
Open Up the Heavens
I Am 
At the Cross
O Come to the Altar
How Great Is Our God
 
Sunday Scripture:
 
Genesis 1:1-25
 
 
Announcements:
Baptism and Child Dedication- Today.  Congratulations to the O’Mahoney  and Bornowski family as their children are dedicated today.  Also, We celebrate with the Pina family as Jayden is baptized.
Hogeye Festival is Saturday, October 26. We will have a children’s booth and ask that members sign up to help at the booth.
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
We will start collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Bring small items that will fit in shoe boxes or bring donations to cover shipping costs. Donations can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Sunday Snippets: October 13, 2019

Sunday’s Songs:
 
The Lion and The Lamb
Come To The Table
Glorious Day
Jesus
This is Amazing Grace
 
Sunday Scripture:
 
Genesis 1:1-5
 
 
Announcements:
Baptism and Child Dedication- Sunday October 20.  If you would like to be baptized or dedicate your child please talk with Phillip
Hogeye Festival is Saturday, October 26. We will have a children’s booth and ask that members sign up to help at the booth.
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
We will start collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Bring small items that will fit in shoe boxes or bring donations to cover shipping costs. Donations can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Sunday Snippets: October 6, 2019

Sunday’s Songs:
 
Only King Forever
Great Are You Lord
Living Hope
Happy Day
Even So Come

 

 
 
 
Announcements:
Baptism and Child Dedication- Sunday October 20.  If you would like to be baptized or dedicate your child please talk with Phillip
Hogeye Festival is Saturday, October 26. We will have a children’s booth and ask that members sign up to help at the booth.
Home Church signups are open! Sign up at the table under the stairs.
We will start collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Bring small items that will fit in shoe boxes or bring donations to cover shipping costs. Donations can be put in the Operation Christmas Child box on the entry table.
Journey has a Spotify playlist of Sunday worship songs. You can find the list here.

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Updates: September 30, 2019

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Yesterday’s sermon and today’s Monday Encouragement are both live! Check them out.


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