the tentmaker

daily thoughts on the common lectionary

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Year B - Proper 17

Liturgy of the Word:
Deuteronomy 4:1-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-23

Monday, August 17, 2009

Year B - Proper 16

Liturgy of the Word:
1 Kings 8:22-43
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

Friday, August 14, 2009

Year B - Proper 15

Liturgy of the Word:
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence.
God’s wisdom has prepared his wine
and laid the table.
He invites us:
‘‘Come and eat my bread,
drink the wine I have prepared!”
This is our Lord’s invitation to us.
May we answer his invitation
and may he always be with you.
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Morning Prayer
Let us thank the Father
for giving us Jesus, the Bread of Life

Loving Father,
how could we know the depth of your love
if your Son had not become flesh and blood
How could we ever have the courage
to live for one another and if necessary to die
if he had not given up his body
and shed his blood for us?
Thank you for letting him stay with us
and making himself there for us.
On our journey through life
let Jesus be that which empowers us
to live and die as he did,
for one another and for you,
our living God, for ever and ever.
Deliver us Lord, from every evil,
set us free from our cowardice and selfishness.
Nourish us with the bread of life,
gather us together and keep us united,
that the world may recognize
that your Son is alive in us
as we go forward in joyful hope
toward the coming in glory
of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours now and forevermore. Amen.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Thoughts about the attack on Twitter this week

It's time to get rid of Windows

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Year B - Proper 14

Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2
John 6:35, 41-51
The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence.
As God’s beloved children,
follow Christ by loving as he loved you,
giving himself up
as a sacrifice to God.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Kyrie, eleison
Too often we have not listened to Christ’s Word
and have not eaten enough his bread of life.
Let us ask the Lord to forgive us.

Lord Jesus, you give us the food of your word
and tell us to get up and walk:
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you give us the food of your body
and tell us to walk by its strength:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you give us the food of your love
and tell us to go and meet our neighbor:
Lord, have mercy.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
and take all our sins away.
Give us yourself as our food for the road
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Morning Prayer
Let us pray that Jesus’ bread of life
may sustain us on our journey

God, Father of life,
your Son Jesus is our living bread
come down from you to give life
to us and to our world.
Let him restore our strength and courage
as we journey with him through life,
and give us the will and love
to share our bread with those who need it,
for in them Jesus cries out his hunger.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Deliver us, Lord from every evil
and keep us from discouragement.
When we run out of resources
and our strength crumbles,
help us to accept our limitations
and give us the bread of strength of your Son
to keep us going in joyful hope
until the coming in glory
of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours now and forevermore. Amen.