April 04, 2004

Paul Thiessen - “Finding God in Daily Living”

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Paul Thiessen spoke on Psalm 118, one of the day's readings from the Lectionary which had verses that are central to Palm Sunday. This is one of the Passover Psalms (115-118), possibly the same Psalm which Jesus sang with his disciples after the fourth cup had been filled. Psalm 118 can be seen as celebrating leaving Egypt, leaving Exile, and seeking for a coming King. "The Lord has chastened me severely, but did not give me over to death" is something many of our ancestors could say (118:18). "The stone the builders rejected" (118:22) has been an apt metaphor for Israel, possibly a King, and certainly for Jesus as well. "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" (118:24) provided the theme for two of the morning's songs. Paul stressed that happiness comes, in part, from being satisfied in finding God in each ordinary moment of daily living. If we take the dust and clay of the ordinary day, we can find God. Finally (118:26), "blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" was the text quoted by the crowds on Palm Sunday (and it is now included in every Mass). I enjoyed reading the Psalm with the thought that it was the last one Jesus sang (on Maundy Thursday). [JEK]


Passage: Psalm 118
Communion: No
Ecumenical or Event: Lent VI
Potluck Lunch: No
Congregational Meeting: No


Speaker: Paul Thiessen
Worship Leader: Mark Northey
Song Leader: Sue Dudoward
Pianist: Cynthia Friesen
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Child Care Volunteer: Nadine Neudorf

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