brought Peter, James, and John up the mountain, as a new beginning. To point them in the direction of their
heroic responsibilities. To spread the
news. They were the people who would
turn the world upside down.
was their present moment.
firmly believe that you are called for this moment.That you have been set apart for
service.That you understand, from some
moment of transfiguration of your own, that everything you do is surrounded and
guided by the wonders of Christian living.
I also firmly believe that it is not a simple task.That your reality has as many mountains to
climb as Moses and Elijah, and Peter, James and John.
of the great things about your mountains, is that you accept the
challenge.You climb eagerly.And willingly.
have probably enjoyed, as I have, the documentary “Won’t you be my Neighbor”
about everyone’s favorite Pittsburgh Presbyterian Pastor, Fred Rogers. I had a chance to see it again, recently. Each time I see it, I
cherish certain moments, and I discover new ones.
discover, this most recent time, was Fred saying this:
I think that those who would try to make you feel less than you are, that’s the
We understand. And
we know that turning his words to the positive side – is in keeping with what
Jesus says to us this day:
I think that those who would try to make you feel greater than you
are, that is the greatest good.
I know that you are going out into a big and sometimes cold
world, today.And this week.And parts of the world are not very welcoming
or safe. I
also know that you are making that world less
grim.More caring.More loving.I
know that your goal is to love those who at first seem unlovable. And
I know that you will reach that goal.
You will enjoy being part of the warm and welcoming congregation here at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Here you will find wonderful people who join together to worship, know, and serve our Living Lord Jesus Christ. After worship, enjoy fellowship and a chance to meet and visit with one another. We look forward to greeting you here. Listen to our live webcast, if you cannot be with us in person:
As Shadyside Presbyterian Church's Director of Music Ministry, Mark A. Anderson, and I were planning worship during this Lenten Season, back on February 21, we were not finding a hymn that we were happy with, to conclude worship on Sunday April 7. The Gospel lectionary reading for that morning was John 12:1-8, when Jesus shared a meal at Bethany with his treasured friends Martha, Lazarus, and Mary. I said to Mark, "Why don't we sing a hymn that you have written?" His reply, "John, the other option for the first Sunday in April for a
closing hymn would be for you to write a text and for me to write the tune. That might be too much, with everything else on your plate,
but keep it in mind for future Sundays. It would be great fun to see what we
What a gracious and great idea! So, that is what we did. I wrote the words; Mark wrote the music. And the congregation sang our brand new hymn on Sunday, April 7th. It was a joy to work on the hymn with Mark, and a joy to hear the congregation sing it. Here's to more collaborations! Go to this link to the Shadyside Presbyterian Church blog to read more and to listen to the hymn: New Hymn