Who Are You?

24 Aug

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the
praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10

 

Our upcoming move is approaching quite quickly … in fact, the big yellow truck will be pulling up out front one week from tomorrow.  There is still much to do, but every day more boxes are piling up in each room, appropriately marked regarding the contents and the new room to which it will be carried to upon arrival.  In the midst of the non-stop activity of packing, all the while still doing my part in hosting the pre-season football camp for the UC Bearcats at Camp Higher Ground, I make the time for the important things…like running an errand with my hubby, writing my blog, and going to church. 

Since my final day of employment at Higher Ground is this coming Sunday, I went to church this past weekend with great anticipation and emotion, knowing it was my last Sunday to attend Springdale Nazarene.  To add to the excitement of the morning, my dear friend Linda and her daughter came to join me on this final Sunday.  The songs were no doubt hand-picked by God Himself just for me …

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

The choir came alive as the Days of Elijah rang throughout the sanctuary in praise …

These are the days of Ezekiel
With dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of his servant, David
Building the temple of praise, yes
And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are all white in the world
And we are the laborers that are in your vineyard
declaring the word of the Lord
Behold He comes, riding on a cloud
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet's call!
Lift your voice!  It's the year of jubilee!
Out of Zion's hill salvation comes
 
Then there was a baby dedication.  I ALWAYS cry at baby dedications,
for I remember those two very special days when Tim and I stood before
God and the church promising to raise Kimberly and then Ryan to know
and love Jesus.  And not too long ago we stood with Kim and Troy as
they promised to do the same for Cole. 
 
This baby dedication was unique in the fact that the baby is the
grandson of General Superintendent Dr. David Graves, who is a
former pastor of Springdale Nazarene.  With great emotion and
grandpa pride, He performed the ceremony, followed then by
preaching the morning message.  What a treat!  He spoke
some of Africa, which is his first area of service as a
General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene.  I sat
on the edge of my seat as I listened to him tell that just
last Sunday he was in Swaziland … and I could hear the thrill
of a pastor’s heart as he is being blessed with the privilege
to personally experience and see what God and the Church is
doing on that great continent. 
 
Dr. Graves spoke from the books of Isaiah 60, Deuteronomy 7
and 1 Peter 2:9. His emphasis was that we must know who we
are and where we are going. Here are the four E’s…
 
Evaluate … Where I am right now.
Envision … Where God wants me to be.
Establish … Goals on how to get there.
Examine … Myself along the way.
Whatever God implants as a vision where He wants me to be, HE will be the One to work it all out if I
let Him …

Although you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
and the joy of all generations. 

You will drink the milk of nations
and be nursed at royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior,
your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Isaiah 60:15-16

 

The service ended with another hand-picked song …

Fill this place with the praise
Of the God of all grace
Lift Him high, Glorify
The Ancient of Days

Oh Ye saints lift your voice
Lift Your heads and rejoice
God is here!
Fill this place with praise

 

 

 I know this was an unusual blog … but as I sat there in the service, I knew I needed to share it here this week.  Perhaps there is someone besides me who needs this message  … for such a time as this. 

 

To listen to the actual message, you can go to the church’s website …

http://springdalenaz.com
Click on WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES/FIND A SERVICE
Click on CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT A SERMON ON LINE
It is titled 2010-08-22 Sermon WHO WE ARE

Join me in evaluating, envisioning, establishing and examining … Who am I and where am I going?

Until next time,
Debbie

 

 
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2 Responses to “Who Are You?”

  1. Jerry Cox August 25, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    isn’t that just like our great, loving Heavenly Father — just loving you both right out the door. We’ll miss seeing you two here but at least we know we’ll get to meet again, even if we have to wait till we all get “Home”…
    Hugs….

  2. Ophie August 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    God Bless you and Tim on your new journey.

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