Bless: Holding Your Family Together!

HYFT-BlessThe fifth and final in this worship series as we talk about the power of “Bless!” You’ll find this message a little shorter as people shared about how they have been blessed by the Faith Five! (Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to record them…but it’s coming soon!) You will, however, enjoy this scene from Deep Impact that I used and also this handout of blessings in addition to this sermon outline! If any of my online listeners have been blessed by this series, please let me know with an email to PastorStuart@StPaulsELC.org!

 

 

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Pray: Holding Your Family Together

Holding Your Family Together Prayer

Holding Your Family Together Prayer

The fourth in this worship series which has the power to deeply bless and strengthen your relationship with God…and at the same time your family!  You might also be blessed by this call to worship testimony we used, this sermon outline and this prayer handout!

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Talk: Holding Your Family Together

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Holding Your Family Together Talk JesusThe third in this series that will deeply bless your family!  Now we add on top of “Share” and “Read” talking together, about life and the scripture passage read!  Listen to this sermon and you’ll find out how the Faith 5 can literally help you be twice the parent you already are!  Also, this call to worship testimony will be a blessing and this sermon outline will help you get more out of this message!

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Read: Holding Your Family Together

HYFT-ReadThe second message in this series, “Holding Your Family Together.”  As we add to last weeks faith practice of sharing, now we simply add a short scripture passage or story. In this way your family is infused and strengthened by God’s guidance, strength and love! You might also enjoy the call to worship we used, the sermon outline, this bookmark and this list of children’s books to bless your reading!

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Holding Your Family Together: Share

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ShareWe began an excellent new worship series today that will significantly strengthen and bless your family:  Holding Your Family Together!  This first step, “Share,” is probably the easiest as long as you make the time. Listen to the message and bless your family! And enjoy the call to worship video we used and here is the sermon outline!

 

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Doing Life Together!

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Small Group OutlineThis message will especially encourage you to participate in a small group!  If you’re at St. Paul’s, you can find the small group listing here or I would encourage you to find a group where ever you live!

I truly hope that your group is a blessing, as the groups and the people in them have truly blessed my life!

 

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Carry Out Your Ministry Fully!

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Jumping PeopleI hope you are blessed by my installation sermon in which I share an event in my life that gave me a passion for life and for sharing God’s love! You might also enjoy the song I used as a call to worship, Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw!

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I Work for the Lord!

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Collage of various professionsThis Labor Day message will especially bless up to 1/3 of your life! If you want to watch “The Pursuit of Happyness” scene, you can find it here on Youtube!

If this message ultimately gets you ahead at work, please let me know with an email…link over at the right!

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An Ode to Robin Williams

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RobinI was standing in friends’ kitchen last night when they told me Robin Williams had died. It would have been loss enough to a heart attack or an OD. To an apparent suicide seemed infinitely worse. Like so many people I loved Robin. I grew up watching Mork and Mindy. My friends and I owned all his early comedy albums and quoted the great routines (of which there were so many) all the time.

I was so impressed then when I saw “The World According to Garp” and “Moscow on the Hudson” at the incredible dramatic talent he displayed. And so I was absolutely delighted when he started getting roles like “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Dead Poet Society” which allowed him to combine his incredible comedic talent with his dramatic acting ability.  I loved the “Dead Poet Society” so much that after the second viewing I wrote a poem called, “An Ode to Neil.” In the movie Williams played a teacher who deeply inspired his students, but unfortunately one student seeing his dreams squelched commits suicide. That student was Neil and the poem described how the movie theme of “seize the day” can go to far…that we hold onto life so tightly that it’s strangled.

I can picture the scene in the movie where Williams as the teacher reads a line of Henry David Thoreau about “sucking the marrow out of life” and then drops his head in grief. I’ve felt like that the last day. It seems such irony, to me at least, that one of Robin’s greatest roles was about a senseless suicide.

Through the years I’ve not only enjoyed Robin’s comedy and movies, but especially interviews. In those you saw his manic talent for free associating and how so full of life he was.  Robin seemed like such a “seize the day” and “suck the marrow out of life” kind of guy that it doesn’t seem like depression could conquer. And yet mental health professionals tell us how incredibly powerful depression can be. I fully admit I know little about his personal life as I try to avoid the tabloid magazines. However, it seems clear to me that Robin had many more hilarious scenes, amazing improv displays and great movie roles in front of him, but the sadness of depression precludes seeing them.

As a Christian and especially a Christian leader I love talking about our gifts and living life to the fullest…being everything God means us to be. Of course I did not know Robin Williams personally or anything of his personal life, but it certainly seemed to me that he was being used by God. His talent made my life and countless other millions more enjoyable. And I’m sad that things got so low he didn’t see the next day when God would use him again. For anyone and everyone who ever thinks about suicide, whether you’re a person of faith or not, please believe God has something more for you…tomorrow!

And for Robin, I feel like the last scene of “Dead Poets Society.” He’s been kicked out of the school and there is nothing that will change this. The headmaster tells him to go, but the boys want to express their love and thanks for how this man has changed their lives.  They use a line their teacher told them they could use if they were bold. The line is from a poem which Walt Whitman wrote to commemorate another great soul, Abraham Lincoln, and the boys proudly proclaim it standing on their desks. To you Robin, I thank you, “O Captain, My Captain!”

How’s Your Prayer Coverage (Part 5)

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Prayer and cell phoneWe ended this prayer series by celebrating the great connection we can and have had with God. I started with part of this call to worship. Although Louis C.K. can often be pretty profane, I mention in the sermon how he’s onto something we need to face as we grow in faith. I truly hope this prayer series was a blessing to you!

Pastor Stuart

 

 

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