Share Your World May 29,2017

I missed last week’s Share Your World. Honestly I missed almost an entire week of blogging. I was away at our fellowship’s Southern New England Conference and then three funerals in quick succession kept me and the staff here at Cornerstone pretty busy. Finally the weekend was given to our Lead Pastor and his wife’s final services with Cornerstone Church. Sunday morning we finished together as a congregation, one last time, on our knees before the Lord thanking God for these shepherds He sent among us for fifteen years.

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Now I am back. Tomorrow I will lead our staff meeting as we await the arrival of our interim pastor. before I do that I am turning my gaze to….

SHARE YOUR WORLD.

You can click the underlined link to see how Share Your World works. It is an awesome focusing challenge that is based around five simple weekly questions.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

Oh my that is a tough question. I have been privileged to go so many places and see so many wonderful things. Here are a few…

 

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

I once took a three week vacation. I missed home and work even though I had a wonderful time. I like shorter breakaways but also know that if I am travelling far I need to factor in rest time for the journey

What is your favorite National or State Park?

I loved Zion though I was only their for a few short hours. I also loved The Grand Canyon.

What is your fantasy vacation?

I so want to take a Viking River Cruise. Although I wouldn’t sniff at an entire week in Killarney or traveling the Ring of Kerry.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am so grateful to have been a part of the farewell services for our Lead Pastor, Barry Risto and his wife Pastor Deb Risto.

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This week I am grateful to be moving forward into what God has for us next at Cornerstone as our interim youth and interim lead pastor come in.

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Josef Everett Interim Youth Pastor

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Tim Moen, Interim Lead Pastor

 

Evening Devotion 5-29-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

What around you fuels “the wild storm of hatred”?

Morning Direction From Scripture 5-28-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

Where is the real wilderness of quiet?

 

Evening Meditation 5-28-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

We know that there is no place in this world where we can perfectly escape the storms. Why is that?

Mid Afternoon Meditation 5-28-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

Have you ever wanted to just fly away? Where would you go? Is it far enough?

Morning Direction From Scripture 5-28-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

What can you do to weaken your fears?

Sacred Sundays 5-28-17 Off The Res

Well folks, I have been off the reservation for about a week. The posts you have all been reading from me were mostly posted before I left for our annual network conference last Sunday.

This week has seemed like one continual church service. Last Sunday: We celebrated the achievements of our youth pastor, Brad Hackett, during his final service with us before he and his family move to Willimantic CT. ; We met our new interim pastor, Tim Moen; Then we headed to two and half days of conference in Providence RI with our Network.

Wednesday I had two funerals to perform and Thursday I had a third funeral to attend. Friday I led youth group as we await our interim youth pastor. Yesterday was the celebration luncheon and roast for our Lead pastor and his wife as they prepare for their final Sunday (today). They will soon be departing for their new church posting in Canada.

All the loss and transition has left me a little emotionally drained; So this is my song for the day.

Learn more about the artist Guy Penrod Here

 

Evening Meditation 5-27-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

Why do you think so many are afraid of death?

Mid Afternoon Meditation 5-27-17

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My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred. Psalm 55:4-8

How do you calm your heart down when it is afraid?