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June 17, 2019

It was only fair, I thought. On Mother's Day we looked at the mother of Jesus in our message. For Father's Day, I thought, we'd look at the His earthly father. So that's what we did.

Yesterday as we celebrated fathers we looked at Joseph's character – which is just about all that we can look at. As biography.com says, mentions of him [in the Bible] are underwhelming. We know that he was the husband of Mary. We know that he was the father – some would say foster father – of Jesus. We know that he was a descendant of David. We know that he was a carpenter. Other than that, we know nothing. But we looked at Matthew 1:18-25 and we discovered a lot about him. And through this one passage we can discover a lot about ourselves as well as we compare our characters to the character of this man of God. Click here to download and read the message, and as you do, discover if you are the person that you think you are.

At the end of our service I played a video that encourages us to "tell them now". Yes, it was an emotional video, especially since many of us have lost our fathers – some more recently, others long ago. I suggest that this is not a "to/from fathers only" challenge, but that we should always take time to tell people how much they mean to us. To watch the video, click here.

Rob Snow, Associate Professor of New Testament at Ambrose University, will be at Bridlewood Church this weekend at the SDMI's Filled Conference. In his teaching seminars he will answer the questions

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • How does the Holy Spirit interact with us today?
  • What do Nazarenes believe about the Holy Spirit and His gifts?
  • What are spiritual gifts and the fruit of the Spirit?    

We encourage everyone who can to attend these interactive and informative seminars –reminders of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and a time to discover the gifts that God has provided and given us so that we can be effective in making a difference in our world. The seminar runs Friday evening from 7:00 - 8:30, and Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Saturday lunch is provided. There is still time to register [click here] – we will cover the cost of registration. Please call me if you'd like more information.

Next Sunday we will begin our summer preaching series words. We'll look at words that we use often in the church . . . words that have become so much part of our vocabulary that they can almost – almost – become meaningless. We'll take those words and ask "what does it mean to . . . ?"

We'll start with the most basic of words and expressions. The Old Testament speaks of it. The New Testament speaks of it. We are called to live it. The first our words. . . love.

A memorial service remembering David Rapkins will be held following this coming Sunday's worship service. It has been moved from the church to his cottage [ask Anna for directions and more information]. Everyone is invited to help celebrate his life. We may not have known him long, but he made an impact on the people who were able to get to know him.

One definition reads: In baseball and softball, a relief pitcher or reliever is a pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as inclement weather delays or pinch hitter substitutions. The dictionary definition reads: a relief pitcher is a baseball pitcher who takes over for another during a game.

For purposes of this discussion, I like the second definition better, as I am referring to the fact that we as a church are Looking to the Bullpen [for a relief pitcher – er, preacher] while I am away in July.

Pulpit supply for the month will be Pastor Lloyd who will return July 7 and 14, Matt who will preach July 21 and 28, and Johania who will speak on August 4. Pastor Charmaine of our Bridlewood Church will be in town and will be available should an emergency arise.

Looking ahead . . . our annual lawn chair service and pool party will take place August 11. Plan to come for an informal worship time on our front lawn at 11:00 before we move to Rick and Anna's for fellowship, swimming, and a potluck meal.

All I can say is . . . someone has an amazing imagination – though I'd follow up that this particular machine wouldn't be much use on our property. It's a good thing that we have a riding mower [that is actually working this year!]. Derrick has again volunteered to coordinate the lawn care this summer. There is a list on the bulletin board – please sign up for a week [or two] to cut the grass.

This will be the last official Monday Musings for the summer. Announcements will be made and sent out as events and opportunities arise [watch your e-mail box – in fact, watch your e-mail box next Monday for a special picture!]. Monday Musings will return in September.