Worship Companion – February 28 2021

How many of us have been in a busy season of life and have craved solitude. Even in the middle of winter, in a lockdown, solitude can be hard to find. 

“John the Baptist in the Wilderness” – Sint Jans tot Geertgen (c. 1490-95)



Worship Companion – February 21 2021

Between mountains of “stuff” and the squeeze of a tight schedule, have we really taken seriously what the Bible says about simplicity?
 
 
 
 
 
Anchor Passages:
 
Matthew 6:25-33
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
 
 
The Theme for Kids:
 
This great video from Saddleback Kids reviews our main anchor passage of the day. While the animation is makes the characters look pretty cute, I think there is something in their expression that really does capture the open yet peaceful expression of people really diving into a “simple” life.
 

 
 
 
The Theme in Song:
 
Simplicity pervades our entire life, and therefore infuses our time spent worshiping God through music and song, too. This song highlights what our attitude in worship really should be all the time, not just when the song happens to be about simplicity!
 

 
 
 
 
The Theme in Art:
 
This famous painting has made Claude Monet a household name in art, why might that be? I mean, this painting seems so… simple? Could it be there is something about simplicity that can affect us deeply even through art, which we often imagine is “elaborate”?

Claude Monet – Waterlilies – 1907

 
 
 
 


Worship Companion – February 14 2020

I’m glad you’re sticking with it!
 

“Metamorphosis” – Creative Commons. Photo by Aussiegal, Sydney, Australia

 


Worship Companion – February 7 2021

 
To find out more about the painting above and the whole series of paintings called “The Beatitudes” by artist Hyatt Moore, visit his blog here.


Worship Companion – January 31 2021

We’re on the path together!
 
Now, we want to go at a manageable pace, so it’s important we check in. Have you meditated this week yet? If you haven’t, or its just been once, that’s okay! We’re trying to support each other, and this is a difficult time. Give me a call or send me an e-mail if you need to chat or if you are looking for accountability on this journey. I will be glad to either help keep you accountable or connect you with someone else looking for the same thing.
 
Now, on with this week’s blog, friends!
 

Title: Thankful
Date: 1894
Artist: Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937



Worship Companion – January 24 2021

We’re on a new adventure together!
 

Title: Moses Viewing the Promised Land Date: 1846 Artist: Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900

 


Worship Companion – January 17 2021

We’re in the second half of our Getting to Know God message that is preparing us for exploring different spiritual rhythms and disciplines to help orient us toward God and his transforming work in us and through us to the world.
 

Mosaic in the “Hagia Sophia”

 
 


Worship Companion – January 10 2021

Big Question: What is God like?
 
It seems like an impossibly huge question to answer – but its one to which the Scriptures are constantly providing us answers in the form glances and partial views– at least, that is, until we meet Jesus the Christ.
 
See the source image
 
Theme: Keeping our Eyes Fixed on God Read more


Worship Companion – January 3 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
 
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees about what this year will hold either. In fact, we can be sure of precisely none of the details. God never actually promises that things in this life will be fine, and troublingly, assures the opposite. Jesus, in John’s account of the Gospel, says “In this world you will have trouble.” This could be disheartening, but he doesn’t stop there, he adds, “Take Heart! I have overcome the world.”


Worship Companion – December 20 2020

Christmas is almost upon us!
As the Charlie Brown Christmas Special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” reminds us, its very easy to get caught up in all the “commercialism” of the Christmas season. When Charles Shultz wrote that story in 1965, he had no idea to what magnitude the tidal wave of commercialism would grow. We live in new heights of commercial sell-out to Christmas, and if you don’t like this, please remember the problem isn’t just with “them” its with **us**, too.