Sep 24, 2013

Combined Worship Services Every Month? Yes!!!

Have you heard? The Little Church on the Prairie will be having combined worship services on first Sundays of every month!

Here are some reasons why the Little Church on the Prairie will be having a combined worship service on communion Sundays.

First, one of the things people have said about the two services is that we rarely get an opportunity to get to know one another. Having two services is like having two churches.

We agree. So we are planning on worshiping corporately as one church at least once a month.

Second, the sacraments should be celebrated together. Every time we take communion and baptize, we celebrate our oneness in Christ. And since we’re celebrating our unity, what better way to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and baptism than doing it as one church.

The sacraments ought to be celebrated together. So we are.

Thirdly, whenever officers are elected, they are installed and ordained for the whole congregation. We’ve been installing and ordaining our officers at one service while saying something like, “In the earlier service we installed and ordained…”

We don’t want to do that anymore.

Our elected officers are installed and ordained for our entire congregation. Our entire congregation should celebrate our officers together. So we are.

Finally, until recently, we’ve been receiving new members at their respective services. We believe receiving new members is one of the greatest joys of our church. We believe we ought to welcome and celebrate new members together. So we are.

Have you heard? The Little Church on the Prairie will be having combined worship services on first Sundays of every month!!!


Let’s worship and celebrate together.

In Christ,
Pastor James <><

Sep 19, 2013

Oscar Romero: Prophet, Priest, Martyr

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Oscar Romero, a Catholic priest and martyr from El Salvador, said, "A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - Beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call."


Sep 12, 2013

Success and Failure - Michael Jordan

"I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. 

"I've lost almost three hundred games. 

"Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. 

"I've failed over and over again in my life.

"And that is why I succeed."

Michael Jordan

Sep 11, 2013

How Can We Best Remember 9/11?

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This date will never be the same.

I was on my way to work and the radio announcers were trying to make sense of what just happened when the first plane crashed into the Twin Towers.

A few minutes later, the radio announcers said that another plane had hit the Twin Towers.

This wasn't an accident.

This was an act of terror.

By the time I got to the church office we were all gathered around a television numbed by the shock and horror of what we were seeing. It looked surreal. It look like a scene out of a movie. This shouldn't be on the news!

This morning as I was driving to the office, I heard a radio broadcast of the announcers reacting to the events unfolding that day. Hearing the shock and dismay of the announcers from 9/11 brought back a flood of emotions. I found myself tearing up and then feeling a sense of rage against the cowards who intentionally targeted civilians.

The rage and hatred against the evil perpetrated by the terrorists that day was as real and visceral today as it was on that day.

But here's the thing. If we respond to evil and hatred with more evil and more hatred, we lose. America and all she stands for loses. Honor loses. Goodness loses. Virtue loses. Freedom loses.

For those who truly hate and despise evil must never allow evil to stop us from choosing the good, from serving others, from toiling for peace. For the moment we give up on choosing the good, evil triumphs.

America, choose the good. Serve those less fortunate. Never cease in working for peace.

Remember 9/11.
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