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Written by Pat Ireland   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 18:55

donkeySunday is April 1st and also Palm Sunday the day Christians remember Jesus’ grand entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. All the other pilgrims heralded him as the Son of David, yet there he was riding on a donkey is feet dangling unceremoniously. It seems to me a striking image for April fool’s Day. Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth wrote: “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? … " For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but o us who are begin saved it is the power of God. ( 1 Cor. 1:20,18)

With this in mind, perhaps you too mind find the following thought provoking.

Isn't it funny how we set our clocks to arise at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. to be at the job by 8 a.m., yet when Sunday comes, we can't get to church by 11 a.m. to praise the One who gave us the jobs?

Isn't it funny how we call God our Father and Jesus our brother, but forget this makes us brothers and sisters in God’s family?

Isn't it funny how small ‘our’ sins seem, but ‘their’ sins seem overwhelming?

Isn't it funny how we demand justice for others, but expect mercy from God.?

Isn't it funny how we sing about heaven, but live only for today?

Isn't it funny how we ask “why me?” when bad things happen and not when we are especially blessed?

Isn't it funny how much difficulty some have learning the gospel well enough to tell others, but how simple it is to understand and explain the latest gossip?

Isn't it funny how we can't think of anything to say when we pray, but don't have any difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend?

Isn't it funny how we are so quick to take directions from a total stranger when we are lost, but are hesitant to take God's direction for our lives?

Isn't it funny how so many folks sing "Standing on the Promises" while sitting on the premises?

Isn't it funny how people want God to answer their prayers, but refuse to listen to God’s counsel?

Isn't it funny how people think they are going to Heaven but don't never visit God’s house on earth.

Isn't it funny how it is okay to blame God for evil and suffering in the world, but it is not necessary to thank God for what is good and pleasant.

As we face April Fool’s Day, the cross and Resurrection, it is a good time think about our own foolishness and self deception incontrast to the God’s wisdom and foolishly forgiving love.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2012 12:56
 
Spring Forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Friday, 09 March 2012 15:56

 

It hardly seems possibly that as we are still half afriad of winter  it is time to set our clocks forward for Day Light Savings.

Nevertheless, it is time to Spring Forward, so set your clocks forward an hour on Saturday or you’ll be late to worship on Sunday!  You’ll want to be there to welcome back Rev. Hal Lewis as our guest preacher as Pat will be enjoying her Pastor’s Appreciation Weekend (a gift from the Presbytery) in Kansas City.

Food Pantry:   Session volunteeered the Presbyterians to provide a team of volunteers for distribute food from the C4 Pantry on Saturday, March 24 from 10 -1:30.  We need 3-4 or more folks 1? to 3 hours.  Please contact the church office if you can help!  If you only have a little time, plan to stop by and visit or drop off a donation.   If you or your neighbor needs food we are eager to help!   What a wonderful lenten opportunity to serve the “least of these” who are Jesus friends.

 

My Lenten devotions led me to this by Bonnie Cassida.  I hope it blesses you as it did me.                                             Pat

“Our roles in life may seem small and insignificant. We may feel like what we do does not make an impact on the Kingdom of God. We may dream of doing great things and find ourselves with small tasks instead. God has often worked through the small to do mighty things. We do not have to do something great in order for God to use us for great things.”

Holy God, give me courage to be obedient, even in the small things of life. May I see myself as part of your work.       Amen

 

Go now with the assurance that God has you in mind;

God values you and knows your potential.

Live this day knowing that God has something for you;

God is making a difference through you!

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 09 March 2012 16:06
 
Living into Story PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Friday, 17 February 2012 18:32

 

I love the Bible.  I love the stories because I can see myself in them.  I love the cycle of the liturgical year because it keeps me tied to God’s rhythms.  Just as there is a cycle of nature, so there is a cycle of the Spirit and it isn’t messed up by global warming.

 

Here's a picture in case you’ve forgotten it.  It starts with Advent – a time of anticipation, seeking and longing for God’s presence in our lives, and in the world.   The life of faith starts with the HOPE that God’s promises are true.

 

Then of course we get Christmas, the birth of Jesus.  But the birth story is meaningless if we leave Jesus in the manger.  So, Christmas is followed by Epiphany.  That’s a fancy word for revelation.   After Christmas we focus on how Jesus is revealed in the Bible and in our world as the Son of God.

 

Transfiguration is the climax, the end of Epiphany when Jesus is revealed in all God’s glory, greater than all those who have come, before even Moses and the great Elijah.  We don’t get to stay on the mountain top however, the cycle immediately pulls us into Lent, the season of confession and contemplation that prepares us for the Resurrection celebration.  Then the cycle turns to Pentecost, 50 days to begin to work on the meaning of the resurrection that is climaxed with a huge celebration of the Holy Spirit.

 

That Pentecostal Spirit then opens to the church an understanding of what is Ordinary in the Kingdom of God.  What it means to live in under the reign of God.

 

I love the cycle with its ups and down and even the long haul of “ordinary” time because it invites me into all the moods and rhythms of life.  Death is always followed by resurrection and hope is always rewarded with new life

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2012 18:52
 
2011 in Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 22:06

We had a wonderful and Annual Meeting of the  Congregation on January 29, 2012.  At that meeting we reviewed our accomplishments for 2011.  I want to share them with you and the world!

First and foremost:

We maintained Sunday Worship for all ages as well as served Communion regularly.

Especially:

We celebrated our 125th Anniversary with

•  Open House      • Worship • Fellowship meal  • Adopted new bylaws.

In Addition:

•We maintained regular Sunday School for children  •Wednesday night Bible Study for adults

•Women’s Retreat in October •PW monthly meeting and Bible study.

We ministered to Chase County

•By hosting CCS Pre-school •Supporting the Senior Center

•Maintaining the Clothes Closet as a store on Broadway

•Offering worship to our elders at the Rehabilitation Center

•Providing Leadership and volunteers for the C4 Food Pantry

We ministered to the World through giving to General Assembly Mission.

•Preparation of Kits from the Heart for Church World Service

We worked with the Chase County Ministerial Alliance on

• Fair Worship Service • Baccalaureate • Adopt a Child • Emergency Assistance

We served Chase County

•Hosting the Ice Cream Social for the County Fair

•Doing Random Acts of Kindness as a response to our faith.

Members lived out their discipleship helping with community projects like:

• Imagine Chase County, Chamber of Commerce, Preschool, Youth Tech Center

• School Board, Historical Society, Presbytery & Synod committees, etc.

• Working together to care for the manse and church buildings.

Supported a full time pastor and enabled her to

• Work in and for the community

• Participate in Kansas Pastor’s and Educator’s School

and the College of Pastoral Leaders (Austin Seminary Program)

• Serve on multiple committees for the Presbytery of Northern Kansas

Maintained and upgraded both Church and Manse

•Thanks in part to insurance settlement that replaced roof and siding.

After 125 years of ministry to Chase County, we look forward to many more!
Pat

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 22:54
 
Dessert First PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Thursday, 05 January 2012 16:09

 

A Service of Discipleship

Sunday January 8, 2012  is a very special Sunday!

First: Liturgically it is Baptism of Our Lord: a time to remember and renew our Baptism vows.

Second: It is also a Communion Sunday, when we receive the gift of God in bread and cup to be nourished for our lives in Christ.

Especially: It is a celebration of Dessert First and pledge dedication.  We hope you have been prayerfully reading and praying on the meditations that Session provided for you and are ready to pledge your support of God’s work in our midst during 2012.

We love because God first loved US!

God gave us the very best before we had done anything to deserve or earn that love.

So join us for Dessert First (10am for hospitality) and worship (10:30) Sunday, Jan 8th.  We are going on a Treasure Hunt in worship with Service of lesson and song.  If you are unable to join us please mail your pledge in the envelope provided!

 
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