I’m getting excited to share with our congregation tomorrow some of our pictures from Cuba, but in case you can’t make it or if you are dying for a sneak preview… here are some of my favorites!
This past Sunday, our LOGOS choir led us into worship at the 9am service.
[LOGOS is our after school program for 2nd through 8th grade.]
They led the congregation with a call and response song, and the highlight was that most of the lyrics– they wrote themselves.
Of course during rehearsals they wrote way more lyrics than they could sing on Sunday morning, so we printed all of their lyrics in the bulletin. As I read through the list the first time, I cried.
These are beautiful prayers. They are heartfelt, honest, and hopeful.
So I read them as the prayers of the people during both worship services.
In case you missed all of this, I am printing there lyrics/prayers here. Enjoy the list, and read it as a prayer.
Help for the weak ones
Care for the communities
Share with the neighbors
Open doors for everyone
Health for the people
Creation is our great world
God shines his light on us
Intelligence for the students
Strength for the weak
Homes for the homeless
Peace for the earth
Heat for the cold
Homes for the animals
Water for the fish
Dogs and cats
Grandpas and grandmas
Army, Navy, military
Babies and children
Families and friends
Moms and dads
Friends for the teenagers
Peace for the universe
Aunts and uncles
People around the world
Toys for the babies
Friends for the lonely
Warmth for the homeless
Toys for the children
Water for the thirsty
Light for the people
God for everyone
Comfort for the homeless
Bibles for the world
Love to LOGOS
Mighty Fathers for everyone
Water for the workers
Light for the sad
Clothes for the cold
Shelter for everyone
Sleep for the tired
Rain for the plants
Ice for the polar bears
Feathers for the birds
Calm for the angry
Songs for the cardinals
Art for the creative
Education for the children
Love for the families
Shelter for the poor
Last week in our confirmation class, we invited the freshman to write down any questions they have about God.
If you ever think your freshman or teenager does not have ‘good’ religious questions, you’re wrong. They have amazing questions, I promise. Good luck answering them…
For fun, see a *sampling* of the questions below:
- What happens when we die?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Is our life predestined?
- Why is it important to do good things for bad people?
- Why are people faced with challenges that result in people dying?
- Is the Bible 100 percent true?
- Do your choices effect your fate or is your fate decided by God?
- If God saved the Israelites when they were enslaved by the Egyptians, why didn’t God save the Jews from the Nazis?
- Where do Presbyterians stand on the concept of Original Sin?
- Does evolution not exist? How do we reconcile what we know about fossils with what it says in the Bible?
- Why is there a God?
- Can people from other religions go to Heaven?
- How do we know our religion is the right one?
- Why did God create things like tiny bugs? If God didn’t create them, then nothing would depend on them so why bother?
- How do we know when God is really with us?
- Can God really see what you will do when you are older?
- Why do people commit suicide? Can’t God help them?
- If God created everything, why did God create the devil?
- Does God actually hear prayers?
- Does praying work?
- What is the greater good that humans are always searching for in their lives?
- Once I witnessed a little boy drown. Why did he deserve to die when I get to live?
- Why is God not there when we need you most?
- Why is God not here?
- When will the world end?
- Why isn’t God here with us in person?
- Why does God care so much?
- When will our 2nd savior come?
- Why do you punish people after they help or have come close to succeeding in something good?
A couple of weeks ago I preached a sermon on different gifts given to us by God.
Today, I clicked on a video that has been making it’s way around the internet, and I thought this man’s story is a perfect illustration to say that God gives different gifts to different people.
And, it’s a great pick me up if you’re in need this semi-dreary Monday.
A friend of mine shared this letter/article from the Huffington Post. It’s a very important read for all of us. You may notice it was published a year ago, but it’s message stands the same.
Make sure you pass it on to someone who needs to hear this message.
By Jamie Bruesehoff.