The Holy Now


The following are the Lyrics from a song that has been nearly impossible for me to forget…

Read the Lyrics, and listen,…  It will be well worth your time,

God Bless, Scott.

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The Holy Now, by Peter Mayer

On Sunday, we would go to church

And pay attention to the priest

He would read the holy word and consecrate the holy bread

And everyone would kneel and bow

 

Today the only difference is everything is holy now

When I was in Sunday school we would learn about the time

Moses split the sea in two,

Jesus made the water wine and I remember feeling sad

That miracles don’t happen still

 

But now I can’t keep track ‘Cause everything’s a miracle

Everything’s a miracle

Wine from water is not so small

But an even better magic trick

Is that anything is here at all

So the challenging thing becomes

Not to look for miracles  

But finding where there isn’t one

When holy water was rare at best it barely wet my fingertips

But now I have to hold my breath like I’m swimming in a sea of it

 

It used to be a world half there

Heaven’s second rate hand-me-down

But I walk it with a reverent air

‘Cause everything is holy now

Everything is holy now

Read a questioning child’s face and say it’s not a testament that’d be very hard to say

See another new morning come and say it’s not a sacrament

I tell you that it can’t be done

This morning, outside I stood and saw a little red-winged bird

Shining like a burning bush, Singing like a scripture verse

It made me want to bow my head

 

I remember when church let out

How things have changed since then

Everything is holy now

It used to be a world half-there

Heaven’s second rate hand-me-down

But I walk it with a reverent air

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiypaURysz4

 

The Disguises We Wear


This is a must watch video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=zFWr-CKMWGY

This video has gone viral over the last few weeks.   I found it on Youtube, but is quickly become a repeatedly linked to video from blogs like this all over the interent.

At first it seems like just a cute video, but we need to stop and stay here for a moment.

The man in the cute bear costume; his name is Fabian, and he has a disability.

The disability makes him different, and for the rest of us different is uncomfortable.   As a result we make sure there is a lot of extra space between him and us.

Without that costume and mask, Fabian goes through life alone.

This video asks us to stop and think on that.

With this video front and center in our thinking, I want us to consider something else.   I want us to consider how similar we all are to Fabian.   In our crazy coming and going we expect the seat on the bus next to us to be empty.   We expect to travel life alone.   We compare ourselves to our neighbors, and we think if they ever saw who we really were, that they would not want anything to do with us.   As a result we put on our own masks, and we wear our own costumes.

Despite our tendency to hide, we are children of a promise.   We serve a God who sat with a broken Samaritan woman at a well, became close friends with men and women of the most foul of reputations, stood between an adulterous woman and a stone wielding crowd, and told broken Zachaeus to climb down from his tree.   In these moments is our reminder that there is a real you behind the mask and behind the costume; that God loves, cherishes, and chases.

We come to our communities of faith for many reasons, not least of these is to pause long enough to celebrate that we can stop worrying about the broken pieces.   We come to those places because once there we are reminded that each and everyone one of us – regardless of what the world may say – is a treasured child of God of infinite value.

It is that child we pray will make the journey without the mask and without the costume.  The peace that comes with that recognition is worth celebrating.

disguises

The Death Crawl


The Death Crawl
It is not often that I begin a message from a football movie…

Okay… Maybe it is….   Perhaps you can humor me once more.

This clip is from the football moving facing the Giants… Its called the death crawl scene, and it’s a perfect commentary on what we are attempting to do as people of faith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sUKoKQlEC4

You and I have the opportunity to become the most influential people in this community.

We not only have centuries of history in this place, in our town, and in our communities, but a giant family that backs us up.

We have something that we claim makes us different and the world outside of our church doors have heard us proclaim just that.

With those proclamations echoing through the air, we need to remember, If you walk around defeated, so will they. Our community needs us. Our community is desperate for us to be different, and needs us to make a difference.   But, it’s not only about our neighbors; it goes further than that.

God has given us a gift, and God needs us.

He has created each of us for greatness, and its up to us to make the decision to be the best we can be. He has created each of us with a purpose and a call. God has created us to change this world, and is waiting for us to do precisely that.   It is a fantastic gift we have been given.

The truth is, when we arrive – week in and week out – to our places of worship, we are making a life changing and community transforming decision. We are saying that our desire to sleep in, our desire to focus on me first, our desire to be someone else will be silenced….because we have a job to do. The voices will be silent, because we have a job that needs doing.

So, because of that holy task before us; we come not only to worship and to offer praise, but to live out that call.   We come to remind ourselves and our neighbors of that responsibility.   We come because we have chosen to be better.

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