Tuesday, May 11, 2021

An Interview with Bishop Filimao Chambo

 Below is a video of an interview with one of the bishops of the Church of the Nazarene.  The Rev'd. Dr. Filimao Chambo was born in Mozambique.  He was elected to the office of general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene in June 2017.  He was director of the Africa Region at the time of his election, a post he had held since 2009.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Worship at Main Street UMC on Easter Sunday

 Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Join us for this Easter Sunday service of worship.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Evening Prayer on Good Friday

Join me in Evening Prayer on this Good Friday.  The prayer service can be downloaded here.


An Episcopal Message of Hope for Easter

 Here is an Easter message (I know, a little bit early!) from the bishops of the Church of the Nazarene.


An Easter Message from the Board of General Superintendents from Church of the Nazarene on Vimeo.

In the Pursuit of Holiness

 Today is Good Friday.  As with each Friday (and Wednesday), it is a day when, in addition to the Daily Office, I pray The Litany from the Book of Common Prayer.  During this prayer time, there was a line in the prayer, just prior to the concluding prayer, that stood out to me.  Actually, it often stands out to me, but today it stood out in a particular way.

The prayer asks that the Father would grant that we may ". . . evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living . . ."  (I am using Wesley's version, thus the "thee.")  This brought to my mind Hebrews 12:14, which says (in the NRSV) "Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."  The words that stood out in the verse for me, as I prayed were pursue and holiness.  

This, too, reminded me of Philippians 3:12-14:

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

What stood out for me in this verse was the idea of straining forward and press[ing] on toward the goal.

All of this reminded me of something that a friend and colleague, Rev'd. Jared Henry, once said.  (Paraphrasing) he said that there is a world of difference between the person who tries to avoid sin and the person who is pursuing holiness.

I want to be one who pursues holiness and evermore serves the Lord in holiness and pureness of living, to the honor and glory of our God!  -  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Two Hymns & Three Prayers for Good Friday

 As we observe the sacrifice and crucifixion of our Lord in order to take away our sin and redeem us, I commend the following two Wesley hymns followed by the prayers for Good Friday from the Book of Common Prayer.


 
Would Jesus Have the Sinner Die?
 
Would Jesus have the sinner die?
Why hangs He then on yonder tree?
What means that strange, expiring cry?
Sinners, He prays for you and me:
"Forgive them, Father, O forgive!
They know not that by Me they live!"
 
Adam descended from above
Our loss of Eden to retrieve,
Great God of universal love,
If all the world through Thee may live,
In us a quick'ning Spirit be,
And witness Thou hast died for me.
 
Thou loving, all-atoning Lamb,
Thee - by Thy painful agony,
Thy sweat of blood, Thy grief and shame,
Thy Cross and passion on the tree,
Thy precious death and life - I pray:
Take all, take all my sins away.
 
O let me kiss Thy bleeding feet,
And bathe and wash them with my tears!
The story of Thy love repeat
In ev'ry drooping sinner's ears,
That all may hear the quick'ning sound,
Since I, e'en I, have mercy found.
 
O let Thy love my heart constrain!
Thy love for ev'ry sinner free,
That ev'ry fallen soul of man
May taste the grace that found out me;
That all mankind with me may prove
Thy sov'reign, everlasting love
 
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O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done?
 
O love divine, what hast Thou done?
Th'immortal God hath died for me!
The Father's co-eternal Son
Bore all my sins upon the tree;
Th'immortal God for me hath died
My Lord, my Love is crucified
 
Behold Him, all ye that pass by,
The bleeding Prince of life and peace!
Come, sinners, see your Maker died
And say, was ever grief like His?
come, feel with me His blood applied;
My Lord, my Love is crucified.
 
Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God.
Believe, believe the record true;
Ye all are bought with Jesus' blood.
Pardon for all flows from His side;
My Lord, my Love is crucified.
 
The let us sit beneath His Cross
And gladly catch the healing stream.
All things for Him account but loss
And give up all our hearts to Him.
Of nothing think or speak beside:
My Lord, my Love is crucified.
 
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Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.
 
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.
 
O Merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted, and live; Have mercy upon all who know thee not as thou art revealed in the Gospel of thy Son, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of they Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, world without end.  Amen.
 
Epistle:  Hebrews 10:1-25
 
Gospel: John 19:1-37

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Evening Prayer: Wednesday of Holy Week

 You can join in the service and pray along with me by downloading the liturgy from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, here.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Evening Prayer: Tuesday of Holy Week

 For those who would like to join in the service, the liturgy is taken from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer and can be found here.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Evening Prayer: Monday of Holy Week

 For those who would like to join in the service, the liturgy is taken from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer and can be found here.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Passion / Palm Sunday Worship at Main Street UMC

Today, we celebrated Passion / Palm Sunday at Main Street United Methodist Church.


 



Each evening of Holy Week (Monday - Saturday), at 7:00 pm, I will be broadcasting live on Facebook a service of Evening Prayer using the 2019 Book of Common Prayer.  You can find a link to the liturgy of Evening Prayer, here.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 Here is the service of worship at Main Street UMC for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.




Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Second Sunday in Lent

 This is a little late, since I did not originally upload this to YouTube.  Rather, this was originally shot on Facebook Live.  

This is the service of worship at Main Street United Methodist Church from the Second Sunday in Lent, February 28, 2021.