The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 10/26/2008 (#6)

Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11:15am

Bible readings:

“6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:6-8 KJV)

“34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.” (Matthew 22:34-46 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Reformation Sunday;
  2. Ein’ feste ist unser Gott (German, of course, “A Mighty is our God”)
    • one of Martin Luther’s best known hymns;
  3. Choral Introit: Come and Let Us Worship God
    • in-line rhythm,
    • a, a; b, b; c, c; d, d; e, e;
  4. Christmas is two months away and I still have a void in my life.
  5. strange feeling of peace
    • somewhat of a mere hour of peace in the week,
    • other happiness? yes
    • other peace? perhaps my sons;
  6. Am I getting points to be on God’s good side? I am concerned about [my second child’s] future, education and well being after I die (never in peace).
  7. call to make this church our first priority when giving and charity [during announcement Commitment 2009],
    • 10% back as a way to thank God as an offering (money, goods, etc);
  8. Reform our lives.
    • Reform of the Church, not to divide the Church.
    • Not allowing any person or thing as a “middle man” between us and God — [Protestanism].
  9. no offering today, what a cheap fuck I am and can be.

Comments now:

  1. This service was a day after my oldest son turned eighteen (18).
  2. I do lots of writing on the church bulletin during service as a means to remember what I listen, see and feel. At times, it can be silly as being worried about the rhythm on a poem (Come and Let Us Worship God). Needless to say (type), some of my notes make little to no sense to others as I write all over the bulletin (including bad grammar) when the minister makes an interesting point. For example, see Commitment 2009 above.

One response to “Sunday series: 10/26/2008 (#6)

  1. Rina Mosquera 04/04/2013 at 00:36:04

    A pesar de las inseguridades, de las confusiones, de los conflictos y de los diezmos,( con los que no estoy de acuerdo) de todas maneras es bueno que permanezca en la iglesia, que pertenezca a una iglesia, como Ud. dice las iglesias sirvan para agrupar, para reunir a la gente, Todas las personas somos por naturaleza religiosas, y durante toda nuestra vida andamos en búsqueda de Dios, de nuestra paz interna, de nuestra paz interior. Lo que no todos saben es que a Dios lo llevamos dentro de nosotros, que no necesitamos buscarlo afuera, que para encontrar esa paz interior, solo debemos dejar que aflore nuestra naturaleza divina, eliminando nuestros defectos, no juzgando, viendo a Dios en todos. Si viéramos a Dios en todos nuestros hermanos, no lo ofenderíamos, no lo maltrata riamos, no lo mataríamos, no le robaríamos, no lo celaríamos, con ese tipo de comportamiento, con esa clase de vida, todo el mundo nos querría,, todo el mundo nos respetaría, seriamos felices, habríamos encontrado el Cristo, al Dios que todos tenemos, o lo que es li mismo “nuestro Cristo Interior” Todas las religiones conducen a un mismo Dios.

    Todos los caminos conducen a Roma.

    Hagamos el bien sin mirar a quien.

    Lo que nos produce sufrimiento es cuando hacemos algo y esperamos recompensa.

    Haz el bien y dejo ir.

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