A Pastor's Ponderings and Such

Posts tagged ‘Inspiration’

Beauty As Sustenance

I will find beauty
It is a treasure I seek
Beauty at its core
Substantial beauty that I might miss
When I only look on the surface

In the morning upon rising
It is my inspiration
After a long day
It is a reward for my sometimes tattered heart

I will find beauty
In the likely places
Of nature, friends, and creativity

I will seek beauty
Especially
In the unlikely places

I seek this treasure of beauty
As my food and drink
As my shield against bitterness
As my strength to stand in grace

Peace,
Pastor Kneebone

Good News or Bad News?

Over and over angels, Spirit, and Jesus remind us to not give ourselves to fear.  I don’t believe we live in a time which is any more violent or oppressive than any other time. I do believe that we live in a time where mass violence is more easily enacted and that fear mongering is more easily spread.

Sometimes I wonder if going to a worship service holds any meaning. Why get up on a Sunday morning when we are already so tired and so busy? How does it help?

Earlier this week I went to a concert at Culver Academy. Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals were performing. It seemed to me that everyone left the auditorium that night feeling good, possibly inspired. The words and music were uplifting and energizing. That night I heard Good News. It wasn’t preaching … it wasn’t focused on Jesus … but still I heard Good News.

When we rehearse in our minds, hearts, and spirits the voices of bad news then we can become despondent and lifeless. Everything looks bad. Even the good things that we can see are filtered through a gauze of sadness and hopelessness.

We must not give in to the bad news and let it take our lives away. This is the purpose to church. To remind us that there is Good News. To inspire us to face the bad news filtered through a gauze of hope and life. Church is also a place to build determination to be a light in the world and not a damp wet soggy rag.

Gathering together for the purpose of being inspired, determined, and hopeful is the best that a worship service has to offer.  There will always be bad news. We might feel like we have little we can do to change what is going on. But if we give up altogether then bad news has won.

Don’t give up. Rehearse in your mind, hear, and spirit that there is good in the world – that life holds beauty. Consider coming to church to gather together for mutual inspiration.

Philippians 4:8New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

“Spirit Break Out”

Dance – it is my worship method of choice. I don’t get to do it much any more for a number of reasons.

Lighting – I have done a little lighting design for dance and much more lighting set-up. But it was years and years ago. Still, it captures my heart and spirit.

Music – And essential aspect of my isness.

Here is a phenomenal video which brings these three together. I fall in love with God over and over when I see the testimony of God’s creation. I hope you enjoy this beautiful testimony.

Midweek Struggles

Many years ago I attended church on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. Sunday service lasted at least two hours. There was a half hour of prayer time which a few of us attended. The official start to the service began with an hour of singing. Then there was the preaching which lasted about an hour. The service on Wednesday was more informal and had more of a prayer service feel. It was a great way to reinvigorate my spirit midweek.

A few days out from Sunday might be all it takes for some to feel a midweek struggle as we take our faith into the world. If that’s the case … maybe this song will help. I know that it inspires and encourages me.