Get Uncomfortable

comfortWelcome back to the Journey blog.  I completely forgot to update last week, so that’s definitely my fault!  Yesterday’s sermon was about getting out of your comfort zone and trying things a little differently…because we all love to do that.  Right?  The scripture comes from John 21:1-14 where Jesus appears for the third time to His disciples after the resurrection.  Enjoy!

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.  It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.  ‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’  So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’

‘No,’ they answered.

He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’  When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

The the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.  The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.  When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’  So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore.  It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’  None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’  They knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.”

John 21:1-14

Sometimes it takes trying something new to get a net full of fish.  I probably wouldn’t have listened to a stranger on the beach telling me how to do my job, but because the disciples tried something different, they were rewarded with a net full of fish and breakfast with Jesus.  I’d say that’s a pretty good day!

What do you think?

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The baby shower for Melissa Curd has been postponed until after Baby Curd arrives.  If you want to visit her, she is in St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Missouri.  If you want the address to send cards or flowers or yummy snacks, let me know, and I’ll get it to you.

Garden of the Gods trip will be May 5 after church.  Be watching for more information!

He Is Risen!

We had a great  Sunrise Service out at the Vaughn homestead.  It was a beautiful breakfast and service and time of fellowship for Sunday morning worship, as well.  For those of you who weren’t there, you were greatly missed!  We love seeing your smiling faces!

My friend, Alece, is a blogger based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and she posted this picture that I thought fit perfectly with what Chet spoke about Sunday.  I always enjoy what she writes, and you should definitely check her out here.
alece

The Scriptures that Chet used for his message are 1 Peter 1:3-9 and Mark 16:1-8, and they’re included below in the NIV version.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

Don’t be alarmed,’ he said.  ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you.’

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb.  They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” Mark 16:1-8

One thing I wanted to mention that Chet made note of is that when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room, all the doors were locked and somehow he still was able to get into the room.  Jesus didn’t have to have the stone rolled away for him to rise and leave the tomb.  The stone was rolled away to invite us in, to get a glimpse and to rejoice that He is risen!

Do you have any thoughts to add?

Announcements for 3/31:

A baby shower will be held at Shreves’ Pumpkin Patch to honor Melissa Curd on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and it will be a come-and-go shower.  For directions, you can see me, Julie, at church or inquire on here.

Be blessed, Journey!

What Is Maundy Thursday?

'bread and wine #1' photo (c) 2008, kevin rawlings - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I don’t know about you, but I sometimes wonder about some of the “terms” we use in church.  So being that March 28 is our Maundy Thursday communion service at 7:30, I thought that I would do a little research and pass on what I found.  This is taken from an article I found on about.com.  You can go and read the article here, or you can just read it below!

“Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter.  Also referred to as “Holy Thursday” or “Great Thursday” in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples on the night before He was crucified.  In contrast to joyful Easter Celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus’ betrayal.

While different denominations observe Maundy Thursday in their own distinct ways, two important Biblical events are the primary focus of Maundy Thursday solemnizations:

Before the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.  By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus “showed them the full extent of His love.”  By His example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service.  For this reason, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as part of their Maundy Thursday services.

During the Passover meal, Jesus took bread and wine and asked His father to bless it.  He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to His disciples and said, “This is my body, given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Then He took the cup of wine, shared it with His disciples and said,  ‘This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — and agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.’  These event recorded in Luke 22:19-20 describe the Last Supper and form the Biblical basis for the practice of Communion.  For this reason, many churches hold special Communion services as a part of their Maundy Thursday celebrations.  Likewise, many congregations observe a traditional Passover Seder meal.

What does “Maundy” mean?

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning ‘commandment,’ Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember His sacrifice.”

We hope to see you all at The Journey for our Maundy Thursday Communion service!

Here’s another post on Holy Week by Sarah Bessey.  Well worth the read.  You can get to it by clicking Here!

And another by one of my favorites, Ann Voskamp.  You can click Here to read it!

Clothed In Love

'Parisian Love Lock' photo (c) 2010, Allen Skyy - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/Yesterday’s message was the wrap-up of the Super Bowl Christian series.  Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!  The scripture for the message was Colossians 3.  We read both the NIV and The Message versions, but I loved The Message version, so that’s what I’m putting here.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is.  See things from His perspective.

Your old life is dead.  Your new life, which is your real life – even though invisible to spectators – is with Christ in God.  He is your life.  When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too – the real you, the glorious you.  Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death:  sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God.  It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger.  It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better.  But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good:  bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

Don’t lie to one another.  You’re done with that old life.  It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire.  Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe.  Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it.  All the old fashions are now obsolete.  Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing.  From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.  Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.”

Colossians 3 1-16 The Message

What are your thoughts on this scripture?