Category Archives: Weekly Meditations

YES!

 

Our one word prayer for this Easter Sunday, April 16, is YES! Easter proclaims God’s great “YES!” to Jesus and God’s victory over the powers of sin and death. Through the Risen Christ God shouts “Yes!” to us. And we are invited to respond with our own “Yes!” to God. Join us for Easter worship at 10 a.m.  To listen to Pastor Ernie’s Easter message, click on “YES!”

WHY?

Our one word prayer for this coming Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, is “WHY?”  Brian McLaren calls this prayer The Practice of Lament and Agony: Surviving Through Abandonment.   It is for those times when life is very hard and it feels like even God has abandoned us.  The gospels of Mark and Matthew report that when he was being crucified Jesus cried out from the cross “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” quoting the first verse of Psalm 22, a powerful psalm of lament and trust.  This is questioning faith stretched to the limit.

To listen to scripture and sermon, click on WHY?  To listen to a dramatic presentation on the crucifixion by Cornerstone, click on Good Morning Jerusalem – Crucifixion Special Edition

WHEN?

This coming Sunday, April 2, is the 5th in the season of Lent.  We are now deep into the Lenten season of self-examination and preparation for Holy Week, and Easter.  So it is fitting that we address the inevitable perplexities and struggles we face on the journey of life and faith.  In spite of our best efforts, in spite of our fervent prayers, the results we hope for, the answers we seek, often do not appear.  Our one word prayer for this is “WHEN?”  Or we may expand it to “how long, O Lord?”    This is a prayer of questioning, searching faith. This is a cry of exasperation, desperation, and aspiration.  God welcomes this honest prayer.  To listen to the message, click on “WHEN?”

PLEASE!

Our one word prayer for the 4th Sunday of Lent is PLEASE!   When we see the many needs of people in our world, we naturally cry out in prayer, “Please God! Help. In your mercy, grant, healing, hope, justice, strength, peace.”  We do this confident in the mercy and compassion of God.  Click on the title to listen to the message: “PLEASE!”

HELP!

Our one word prayer for this third Sunday in Lent is HELP!  When we cry out to God for HELP! we acknowledge our need for resources beyond ourselves, more strength, more wisdom, more courage, more love.  As we cry HELP! we open our hearts and minds to tap into a Higher Power, greater than ourselves to receive the help we need to endure, expand, grow, and flourish.

To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message click on the link “HELP!”

WOW!

Our one word prayer for this coming Sunday is “WOW!”  Just “Wow!”  Sometimes “Wow!” is the most appropriate thing we can say in response to the beauty and wonder of God and God’s Creation.   Did you see that sunset?  Wow!  Did you hear that beautiful music?  Wow!  Did you feel God’s amazing grace? Wow!   Such blessed moments of awe and appreciation bring joy to the troubled heart.   And joy is good for the soul.  So just say it.  Wow!

To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message on March 12, 2017, click on the title “WOW!”

Crying Out to God – One Word Prayers

This Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continuing through Easter, April 16, I hope to help us deepen our connection to God and life by focusing on a single word prayer each week: Sorry, Here, Wow (Thanks), Help, Please, When, Why and Yes. This list is not exhaustive.  There are other important single word prayers but these will definitely get us started and take us a long way on the journey of faith

Mar 1  – “SORRY!”    (regret, mercy)  Psalm 139; 1 John 1:4-10

Mar 5 –   “HERE!”  (now, present, we) Exodus 3:1-15; Acts 9:1-5

Mar 12-   “WOW!” (Hallelujah, glory)  Psalm 95:1-7; Romans 11:33-36

Mar 19  – “HELP!”  (guidance, strength, wisdom, patience)  Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 14:32-42

Mar 26 – “PLEASE!” (mercy, bless, peace, grace)  Psalm 145:8-17; Mark 2:1-12;

Apr 2 –   “WHEN?” (how long, where) Psalm 42, Matthew 5

Apr 9   –   WHY?    Psalm 22; Mark 15:25-39

Apr 16 –   “YES!”  (Amen)  Philippians 2:5-13; 2 Corinthian 1:19-20

Hidden Glory

Transfiguration Sunday (February 26) marks the end of the season of Epiphany, and the transition to the season of Lent.   The word epiphany means “a manifestation” or a “revelation” of a deeper meaning or a hidden truth, about one’s life, or about the universe.  The transfiguration story, recorded in all three of the synoptic gospels, is an EPIPHANY to three of Jesus’ disciples, and through them to us, of the hidden truth, or deeper meaning, about Jesus, — about who and what he really is.  The voice of God reveals it: “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”

Click on title to listen to Pastor Ernie’s message “Hidden Glory Revealed”

It Is in Dying that We Are Born to Eternal Life

The final line of the Peace Prayer is a short hand summary of all that has preceded it.  It makes clear that the pattern of death and resurrection is our path too as followers of Jesus the Christ.  And it applies not just to the end of our earthly lives, but to the repeated “small” deaths that we suffer on our life’s journey and the blessed moments of eternity that we also experience.  So this Sunday we will reflect on this deep pattern of each of our lives, that “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life” (click to listen to Pastor Ernie’s message).