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The other day I passed a church building that looks similar to this one.

I wondered what services were like on Sunday and in years gone by.

I could see and hear and feel . . .

the out of tune upright piano with the tops of the keys missing or yellowed with age

the hymns being sung with more enthusiasm than perfection

the minister with the soothing voice that encouraged his people to be followers of Jesus or

perhaps the minster with the booming voice due to no sound system

sharing his experience with God’s Word

the prayers of the saints

the open windows because there is no air conditioning

the slick pews that were mostly uncomfortable

God’s presence as His people gathered together to worship Him.

Nostalgia demands that there is a serenity in this rural country church.

Reality demands that we are seeing it through the eyes of wishful thinking and know that the idyllic scene we impose on these remembrances also contain scenes that we do not want to remember…

Yet we all long for the serenity of God’s presence speaking to us in a place where we can breathe deeply and be filled with His presence.

looking for that everyday…

experienced it that day when I saw that church in the country…

When I seek Him, I find Him.

How extraordinary!

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe

who is the Alpha and Omega,

the beginning and the end. .  .

who is

omniscient,

omnipresent,

omnipotent,

sovereign,

loving,

holy,

eternal,

immutable,

just and good.

Leading me in 2014

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Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe

who provides a harvest of food, both physical and spiritual

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe

who gives rest to the earth and to us.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe

who renews the earth and gives us second chances.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe

who nourishes the earth, grows the seeds, and teaches us.

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who plants, nurtures, and grows the fruit of the Spirit

love

joy

peace

patience

kindness

goodness

faithfulness

gentleness

self-control

inside of us.

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God + kids + volunteers who love kids + worship + the arts

=

awesome Creative Discovery Camp

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who invites us to rest . . . and gives us rest

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who gives us peace

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who knows us . . . everything about us

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who is always trustworthy

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who loves us.

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who marches the army of stars out each night,

who counts them off,

who calls each by name

–so magnificent – so powerful — and never overlooks a single one.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who created all we can see or imagine.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who knows everything, inside and out.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who energizes those who get tired.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who gives fresh strength to dropouts.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who gives those who wait on Him,

fresh strength to spread their wings and soar like eagles.

based on Isaiah 41:26-31

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