Monday, January 31, 2011
If you want to be a great preacher, then you need to work on it.
If you want to be a writer, then write.
If you want to be a pro baseball player, start practicing.
Nothing comes easy. Even though in many instances people who are successful look like they just arrived, it was preceded by years and years of hard work. Friends, stop blaming others and start living.
Go in peace and go with God.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
We find love that is freely given if we can receive.
And there is hope that today I can make a difference. There is hope in salvation. There is hope in the kindness of a stranger. There is hope, sitting right next to us saying, "You can make it, I'm here."
If you know someone who is struggling, don't ignore them. Be there for them. Be the light. Help them find their path. Give them space, but let them know you are here and there is hope.
Go in peace and go with God.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The community is urged to get involved with the “Week of Service” opportunities January 8 - 17. Among those opportunities for involvement:
- preparing meals for the residents of Cabrini House and Langsford Home
- participating in the blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 17 at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church, 1815 NE Independence Avenue, Lee’s Summit
- providing gently used clothing and household items for the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit’s “FREE” Garage Sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 15 at the church located at 2 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit
- donating to Lee’s Summit Social Services and One Good Meal using a coupon gift card available at the register of Hy-Vee stores in Lee’s Summit
- helping the families of Hope House by donating to the Blessed to be a Blessing Ministry of New Generation Christian Center to purchase gift cards; call 623-9900 for information. Also, New Generation and New Beginnings Christian Church will have a joint church service on Sunday, January 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at 601 NW Libby Lane.
The week of activities culminates with everyone convening for the citywide Celebration on January 17 in the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a preshow featuring the Lee’s Summit West High School Jazz Band and cultural exhibits by local students.
The 14th Annual Celebration features performances by music, dance, and vocal groups as well as a slide show of volunteer activities in the City throughout the year.
Reverend Dr. Tom Haley will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Dr. Haley is associate minister of Community Christian Church on the Plaza and was the former senior pastor of Lee’s Summit Christian Church for 25 years. NBC Action News Weekend Anchor Cynthia Newsome will be the mistress of ceremonies and Lee’s Summit Mayor Randall Rhoads will welcome guests to the celebration. There will be a presentation of the flags by the Lee’s Summit High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard and the performance of the national anthem by Lee’s Summit North High School.
The celebration will feature performances by:
- Kiddie Kollege
- Men of Note choir
- Nartan Academy of Dance
- New Generation Mass Movement of Praise
For more information, call (816) 969-1000 or visit the City’s Web site: cityofls.net.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
- The flying cloud, the frosty light;
- The year is dying in the night;
- Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
- Ring out the old, ring in the new,
- Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
- The year is going, let him go;
- Ring out the false, ring in the true.
- Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
- For those that here we see no more,
- Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
- Ring in redress to all mankind.
- Ring out a slowly dying cause,
- And ancient forms of party strife;
- Ring in the nobler modes of life,
- With sweeter manners, purer laws.
- Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
- The faithless coldness of the times;
- Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
- But ring the fuller minstrel in.
- Ring out false pride in place and blood,
- The civic slander and the spite;
- Ring in the love of truth and right,
- Ring in the common love of good.
- Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
- Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
- Ring out the thousand wars of old,
- Ring in the thousand years of peace.
- Ring in the valiant man and free,
- The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
- Ring out the darkness of the land,
- Ring in the Christ that is to be.
It is a new year and a time for resolutions, pledges and promises. Some stick, some don't. Over this past year some relationships have ended, others have grown. New friends will be made this year, but do not dwell on the one's lost. I hope and pray that you are on the path God has for you. If not, take a step in the direction of the one who loves, gives and saves. Go in peace and go with God.