Monday, April 28, 2008

Church yesterday

It was a big day in church yesterday, and mostly NOT because of my great sermon. It was a great day for me because we had, for our Adult Forum, the director of the Benedictine Center in St. Paul, here to teach us about Lectio Divina. It turns out that he is a Lutheran; he and his family worship at a church in St. Paul near the capital. The only thing I'm sad about is that I never get to go to the adult forums, because we have worship services all morning. This is one that I would have liked to attend.

Then, after our 10:00 service, our U.S. Representative Keith Ellison came for another adult forum. It turns out that someone from my congregation works with his office in some or another capacity (although I'm not sure exactly how that is). We are part of his district, and he wanted to come and tell us some of the things they are working on in Congress. He came to worship as well. He sat in the back and of course, since he is a Muslim, he didn't come up for communion. I didn't get to hear him either, as I was leading another worship service at that time. So I can't tell you anything about the content of his message.

Also, for the first time this last Sunday, we included prayers for healing and anointing at our last worship service, for anyone who would like to be prayed for. We will include a service of healing every month at the last service on the last Sunday of the month. I am glad for this.

Then I went home, and my husband had organized a little surprise party for me, with cake and coffee, and sushi, salad and snacks. And presents.

13 comments:

P.S. an after-thought said...

Tape recorder, anyone? But if you're like me, you wouldn't take the time to listen to the tape.

I'm on dial up internet, so I don't bother to open so many of the news links that lead to a video. But even if I could open them, I think I'd rather have text that I could skim to see if the item is relevant to me and also to be able to print it if it is good.

Diane said...

well, I think most of my links are text today. I can't hear video from my church computer, either. And many times I prefer the text, like you.

Jan said...

What a great Sunday! I'm so glad your congregation learned more about lectio divina. Do you have a lectio group at your church? Norvene Vest has a good book about doing this prayer in groups, which helped me to start our weekly group over a decade ago.

What a lovely surprise your dear husband had for you. A nice way to end the day!

gartenfische said...

Ah, so glad you got your party! :)

Songbird said...

Happy happy!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, was it your birthday? Happy birthday.

Whether it was or not, it sounds like a lovely surprise.

Presbyterian Gal said...

What a nice husband to surprise you like that!

And I read "Benedictine Center", but did you say Lutheran? I spent time at the Benedictine abbey in St. Cloud, but that was Catholic.

FranIAm said...

Wow - that is a big day!!

And presents too, love that.

Lectio divina- mmmm, heaven.

Diane said...

well, the Benedictine Center is Catholic, but it turns out that one of the directors is a Lutheran! Those Benedictines! They're so ecumenical.

Kievas said...

...and they know how to make a great liqueur :)

Mary Beth said...

Happy birthday!

Your church: All worship, all the time.

You need Christian Ed time, too! No?

Mary Beth said...

Happy birthday!

Your church: All worship, all the time.

You need Christian Ed time, too! No?

RevDrKate said...

That was quite the day! Happy birthday. It's wonderful that you have so many things to offer your folks and also that J surprised you!