Archive for May, 2014

Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day weekend and it’s time to remember those that went before us. In the last year, I’ve lost both my mother-in-law & my grandma.   So, Mother’s Day was tough for my wife & mom; I imagine this weekend will be as well.

This weekend always brings to mind those that served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. For every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine (past, present, future) a grateful nation says “Thank You” although we don’t always show it in the way that our active-duty  and veterans are treated.

It’s been just over 5 years since we lost Paul and I can still see his face and how happy he was to become a Marine. Hopefully, I’m going to visit him at the Leavenworth cemetery this weekend.

So, while I hope we have some nice weather to enjoy grilling and playing in the yard with the grandkids and the dog, I’d encourage everyone to reflect and appreciate those that have gone before us.

Categories: Family, Holidays, Military

A Concert of Sacred Metaphors — Job

I don’t often re-post someone else’s content but Jonathan has been sharing a series of songs (this is almost the halfway point) from a solo concert and while it runs about 10 minutes, it covers the entire book of “Job” so if you’re interested in a musical Bible study, read & listen!

Be Swift, Be Precise

With this post I am halfway through this intermittent series.  This is a series about my one solo concert, and the 12 songs I performed. This is song number six.  I had six songs in the first half, six songs in the second half.

The first half of the concert were all songs by Michael Card; the second half were various hymns of the faith.

To end the Michael Card section I chose what I believe is his longest song — The Job Suite.  It summarizes the entire book of Job in under 9 minutes.  It is called a suite because it is written in four sections and in three voices:  Narration, Job’s Lament, God’s Response, Job’s Response.

I consider the Job Suite one of 3 or 4 signature songs for me musically through my life to this point. It is also the one of those songs that I get…

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Day of Service in Kansas City

It’s 6:00 on Friday which means it’s time for the weekend and time to relax … or not.

On Saturday, May 17, my church is continuing its year-long celebration of our centennial with a “Day of Service” as we gather more than 100 different volunteers to do a variety of service projects.  My personal schedule involves Harvesters from 9-12, Prayer Vigil 1:30-2, and helping the Scouts with clean-up at Cooley Park from 2-4:30.  Finally, we are hosting the “Party in the Lot” at 6:00 that evening.

It should be a busy (and probably exhausting) day but I anticipate that we’ll feel good about having made a difference in the community.

If you’d like to join us in our year-long celebration, other plans include an Ice Cream social & Mission Fair on July 20 and the official celebration on October 26.  Plus, we are in the process of writing a book Remember, Renew, Rejoice with assistance from Star Books.  Of course, every Sunday is a celebration of worship at Avondale United Methodist Church.