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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

In the Gospel of John, Jesus shares much of his spirit with his disciples.  In John 14:15 He says to them "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  From this verse Pastor Gail looked back to the Last Supper, when Jesus said to them, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you", the only explicit commandment in John's gospel.  "Love on another, even as I have loved..."  What did Jesus' love look like?  Weren't people commanded to love from the beginning?  Can love be commanded at all?  In thinking about this commandment and the desire to love, even as Jesus loved, I try to imagine what it was like in Jesus' time and what love was like in Jesus' time.  And of course, Jesus said to his disciples, "Greater love has no man, than that he lay down his life for his friends."  Would I lay down my life for my friends?  This verse also reminds me of our Memorial Day just past and the many who have laid down their lives for their countrys.  And there are other ways in which people lay down their lives for the sake of others.  In doing so, and keeping focused on God's love for all His creation, it is possible to learn to love in the act of obeying the command.  We all know that there are people whom we just cannot love easily; putting ourselves aside and looking for what God sees can show us the way to love, even when we think we cannot love.  "Love one another, even as I have loved..."  I hope to learn to obey this commandment with Jesus' help and loving strength.  May the blessings and love of God rest with all who read these pages.  Live in the peace of Christ.  Love as Jesus loved.  Amen.     

MJG     

9:54 am est

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Living stones, trusting stones
I am enjoying Gail's sermons very much.  On Sunday she spoke on passages from the Gospel of John and 1 Peter.  In John, Jesus speaks to his disciples about going to prepare a place for them and in 1 Peter believers are likened to living stones that make up the foundation and structure of God's church in the world.  I especially found connection with the explication of the word, "believe", another possible translation being, "trust".  Jesus said to his disciples, "Believe in God, believe also in me." rendered the other way, "Trust in God, trust also in me."  Some may have noticed from a previous post that I tend to have issues with trust.  Trust, faith, belief, are they the same thing or aspects of the same thing?  It is interesting how some words work better than others for grasping an idea.  I look forward to Gail's sermons and hearing the scriptures opened in new ways.  And to learning to trust and love all that God gives me.  May peace and love rest with all.  Amen.   
10:31 am est

Thursday, May 19, 2011

About the blogs
I would like to apologize for not identifying the author of the blogs you read here.  Currently, they are solely written by me, Mary Jo Green, Administrative Assistant and member at Ogden Baptist.  Pastor Gail will eventually have opportunity to write some blogs.  Our site work needs continual improvement which tends to come along slowly.  There will be a whole new look and design as time goes on.  Meanwhile, I try to keep things updated and offer my take on the Sunday messages in these blogs.  Thank you to all for your interest in these pages.  Again, apologies for any confusion.  May the peace of Christ be with you.  Amen.  
11:17 am est

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Guarding, guiding....
On Sunday we learned our likeness to sheep and also the job of the shepherd.  It is the shepherd's job to be a leader for the sheep as well as their guardianSunday's texts were the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd", and John 10: 1-10, "Jesus, The Good Shepherd".  For Jesus to be our shepherd, we must tune our ear to the sound of his voice.  And listening must be accompanied by following.  The world roars in our ears, buy this product and your life will be better, go to the concert, the game, the play, or restaurant and have a good time, or go to this destination and get away from it all.  And the self-help gurus, and the newspapers and magazines that tell us how we ought to live and what is best for us.  There is merit there, yet we need to bring all of this advice to God who knows what is truly best for us.  So many other voices would call us away from the voice of Jesus.  Take time to listen, read the Bible and attend church and discipline yourself to a life of prayer for understanding Jesus' guidance as well as understanding the inner workings of your own heart.  Jesus calls us to follow him.  Are your desires in tune with God?  Do you have an understanding of God's ways?  We want to grow together and learn to follow and say "Thy will be done".  Learning to trust has been a personal challenge for me.  My mind knows God is in control, yet my spirit gets confused and I try to control so many things that I can never fully understand.  God, please guide me and guard me through this life and in all my turmoil and confusion.  With thanks for Jesus and the peace of following one who knows the way.  Amen.    
9:35 am est

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

And He walks with me...
On the Sunday following Jesus' death, two disciples, feeling downhearted and discouraged, took a walk.  They headed out of Jerusalem taking the road to Emmaus, commiserating with each other.  Hope had deserted them after the crucifixion of their Lord and guide.  But this was the Sunday of the empty tomb.  As the two were walking a third man joined them.  The man was Jesus but they were prevented from recognizing him.  As they walked along together they shared the story of what had just taken place in Jerusalem and Jesus opened the scriptures to them explaining why things had happend as they had.  On reaching their destinantion they invited Jesus to have a meal with them and when Jesus took the bread and broke it, their eyes were opened and they knew Jesus was alive.  In our own times of discouragement and bewilderment about events it can be so hard to recognize that Jesus is alive and walking along with us all the time.  Shifting moods, unmet needs or desires, illness, regrets, and any number of life events can blind us to Jesus presence beside us.  Intellectually we may know that He is there, but our spirits become weighed down when things aren't as we think they should be.  Let it be well with your soul; things are as God made them and Jesus is with us to open God's ways to us.  In your daily walk, remember, Jesus is there.  May the peace of Christ be with you always.  Amen.  
8:37 am est

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
The season of Easter continues with a shade of doubt.  Thomas, one of the twelve, was absent when Jesus appeared to the others in a closed room.  He couldn't believe that they had seen Jesus alive.  He wouldn't believe until he had seen for himself and touched Jesus' wounds.  What will it take for some to believe that Jesus is alive among us every day?  How can believers keep hold of this gift themselves?  Doubt so often creeps in and we just can't believe that God's love is present with us at all times.  Why do I have this illness that has taken so much from me?  Why are there so many awful wars and all manner of violence in the world?  Where is my own love for those who are differnt from myself or who rub me the wrong way?  To remember God and his gift of love to all living things takes conscious effort and attention to prayer.  Jesus said to come and follow him.  He is here to lead, are we willing to follow?   
9:16 am est


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YOGA MONDAYS

Chair Yoga
Designed for those who find it difficult to sit on the floor.
Mondays at 10:00a

 
Beginners Yoga Class
Mondays from 5:30-6:30p
Gentle Iyengar Hatha Yoga
Classes include guided breathing, stretching,
postures and relaxation.

(mats and blankets provided)

Yoga with Linda
A more advanced yoga class
Mondays at 7:00p
All classes are $8 each per session
 Wear loose comfortable clothing to all classes
Contact church office for more info

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a festive booth at the Tea & Craft Show

Meetings, events, and activities
at Ogden Baptist.
See the Newsletter for further information!
 
 

Choir
All singers are welcome! 
December practices, Wednesdays at 7:00p
12/6
12/13
12/20

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decorating for Christmas

December Calendar 2017

December 2017  
 
Saturday, Dec 2 - Open House, 2:00-4:00P, 
                        meet pastoral candidate
Sunday, Dec 3  - Sunday School 9:30a
                           Worship 10:55a   Communion                       
Congregational Meeting follows worship - vote on calling Rev. Iaquinto
    Monday, Dec 4 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p
    Tuesday, Dec 5 - AA meets 7:30p
    Wednesday, Dec 6 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p                             
Sunday, Dec 10 - Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a 
 Congregational Meeting follows worship - budget meeting
    Monday, Dec 11 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p
    Tuesday, Dec 12 - Deacons & Trustees, 6:30p
                               Church Council, 7:30p
                                       AA meets 7:30p                     
   Wednesday, Dec 13 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
   Thursday, Dec 14 -   Laurel Guild Christmas Party 6:30p   
Sunday, Dec 17 -  Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a 
   Monday, Dec 18 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p

   Tuesday, Dec 19 - AA meets 7:30p
   Wednesday, Dec 20 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
Sunday, Dec 24  -  Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00p 
    Monday, Dec 25 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
   Tuesday, Dec 26  - AA meets 7:30p
   Wednesday, Nov 27 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
Sunday, Dec 31  -  Sunday School 9:30a
                              Worship 10:55a
                            HAPPY NEW YEAR