Somewhere Over the Rainbow

After a 15-1/2 year run, the Worshiping in Spirit and Truth blog is coming to an end. This blog started way back in May of 2006, while I was a pastor in Martinsville, VA. Originally called, Virginia Transplant then Reflections from the Southside…first on the Blogger platform and then now on WordPress. It seems like when I started lots of people had blogs, but over the years because of platforms like Facebook and YouTube and others blogs have disappeared.

It has been a good run. I’ve been feeling like pulling the plug on the blog for at least two years, but wanted to keep it going until I finished the present cycle of lectionary blogs. During Advent of 2006, I started doing devotionals based on the Revised Common Lectionary. The three year cycle took us through most of the scripture. That first three year cycle I did a commentary based on the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament and Gospel readings. The second three-year cycle was based on the Old Testament. Then the third cycle based on the Psalms, then the New Testament, and now we have finished the three year cycle in the Gospels. During the COVID pandemic, the devotionals went from written to video. I do plan to continue those videos on both YouTube and Facebook. On YouTube, they will be on my personal YouTube channel and on Facebook they will be on the Worshiping In Spirit and In Truth Facebook page, that has laid dormant except for links from the blog.

Early in my writing career, both Pam and I contributed and I had all kinds of cool stories. We had the parable of the weeds, the popcorn parables, and others. For the last couple of years, the inspiration hasn’t been there. I found myself dreading putting up something. As I’ve said, many bloggers have come and gone in the time this blog has been around. I’ve enjoyed it, but think it’s time for a change. Many of the features will continue over on my Facebook page and/or YouTube and/or my personal Facebook page. And there may be a follow-up post or two here to bring some older posts up-to-date. But for the most part this will be the last regular post.

With that, Worshipping in Spirit and Truth signs off

“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

Do Not Worry About Everyday Life…

Thanksgiving Day | November 25, 2021

Joel 2:21-27 and Psalm 126 • 1 Timothy 2:1-7 • Matthew 6:25-33

Matthew 6:25-33 | New Living Translation

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reign of Christ Sunday

Reign of Christ Sunday | November 21, 2021

2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18) • Revelation 1:4b-8 • John 18:33-37

John 18:33-37 | New Living Translation

33 Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

Prayer for the Week

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works, they may be abundantly rewarded when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.