Holy Hunger

April 2, 2015 — Leave a comment

IMG_3986Today is Maundy Thursday. In my congregation, we worship together on this night and read the passage from John 13 where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. We sing hymns and share the Lord’s Supper.

Tonight, I sat in the front row of the sanctuary because I was the liturgist for the worship service. A little girl who comes to our after school program and often shares meals and worships with us sat next to me.

There was something about sitting next to her in a communion service that may forever alter the way I take communion.

She walked into the sanctuary and was constantly aware that there was bread on the table. She gestured at it with exclamation when she sat down.

During the first hymn, she leaned forward and studied it.

While the pastor read from the Bible, she followed along with me in my Bible, pointing at the table as the table was mentioned in Scripture.

Throughout the service she would look at me pointedly and then indicate the bread on the table, with a questioning look on her face. I would show her where we currently were in the bulletin and then point to the word “communion.”

As the pastor preached, he talked about the Bread and the Cup and she made a fanfare gesture with her arms. It was my turn to look at her inquisitively. “I just want to make sure everyone knows what he’s talking about,” she assured me.

As the pastor moved to the table, she stood to her feet and all but took a starter’s position, ready to race to the table as soon as she got the go ahead. She shifted anxiously on her feet as Rich read and prayed and broke and elevated the elements.

When he invited people forward, she was standing toe to toe with him before he even finished the sentence, looking up at him, waiting for him to share the bread with her.

Some in the sanctuary tonight might think that my young friend does not have the proper regard or understanding of the Lord’s Supper.

I think she might understand it better than the rest of us do.

Photo-a-Day: #Live

April 2, 2015 — Leave a comment

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“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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I have no idea where these maracas came from, but they sure livened up the afternoon!

It’s Holy Week. I never really know what my attitude should be during Holy Week.

I suppose you could make a good case for somber solemnity, but I can’t help it that I’m one of the Easter people who knows how this week ends! Easter is coming and I’m grateful, once again, that its coming is not dependent on my faithfulness throughout Lent.

 

Photo-a-Day: #See

March 29, 2015 — Leave a comment

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For a brief moment, “Palm Sword” Sunday was filled with wonder for this little boy.

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Well, this one speaks for itself!

A young learner made an Easter card for a friend during Sunday’s Intergenerational Sunday School. She used her thumb prints for the bunnies.

Photo-a-Day: #Place

March 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

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Jason and I have not been secretive about our current plan to move wherever I am called in three or so years when I graduate from UDTS with my Masters of Divinity Degree and am a candidate for ministry, but our reason has nothing to do with a dislike for where we currently live. I love living in Henderson, KY and this place will be hard to leave. I took this photo from one of my favorite vantage points in Henderson, the Third Street boat ramp.

Photo-a-Day: #Light

March 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

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Of course, don’t let my last post fool you. On sunny days, I’m still figuring out how to lie in the sunshine for a bit. Glad to have hammock days and the sunlight back.

Well, I basically disappeared from Lent.

I mean, I haven’t been completely unfaithful to my practices, but I sure haven’t been posting my pictures. Part of it is because I have a new laptop and I can’t get my photostream to sync up right so if I want to take a pic with my phone and post it on my blog I either have to use a pretty fair-weather wordpress app that I don’t really like or I have to email the pic, download the pic, then post the pic. Does that make me sound lazy? I’m a little bit lazy about it.

But also, I’ve added seminary classes to my life this year and well…I have not done as great of a job this year creating and keeping time for photos and reflecting on photos and writing.

However, I’m determined to endure. Sure, I’m like 9 days behind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share some of the pictures I’ve taken with the word of each day in mind.

I might feel a bit like this young lady who walked into the church gym for after school club last week and collapsed on the floor and stayed there (carrying on conversations and laughing at jokes) for about 15 minutes (“It’s so cool on this floor and I’m too tired to get up!).

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Today was a great day to be a kid out exploring. Here are a few of our after school ministry kids checking out the water levels down at the Henderson, KY Ohio Riverfront.

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This is my “little sister,” Katie. I know–she’s grown up!

Katie is in the seventh grade, is 13 years old, and is a Cadette Girl Scout in Troop 1884 (the troop I lead). Last year, Katie sold over 500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, after she set her goal at 350 (which seemed like a lot of cookies).

This year, Katie set her goal at 1000. One Thousand. ONE THOUSAND BOXES of Samoas and Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Trefoils and all the other flavors. She wanted to sell 1000 boxes of cookies because she wanted to get the theme park tickets that come as a prize at that level.

When she told me her goal, I bit down on my tongue. That seemed like a huge goal–nearly impossible, I thought. But I remembered the year before and decided I was going to encourage her and hope she wasn’t too disappointed with however many boxes she sold. “Wow, that’s a lot of cookies!” is what I said.

Today, I took Katie to lunch to celebrate her selling 1,050+ boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. With the help of her dedicated Momma, Kim, and the support of our Troop Cookie Chair, Jeannie, she did it! I’m so proud of her!

And she’s planning her trip to King’s Island!