Awakening a Keen Observer

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What me Work?

Hello Friends,

David H. Jensen writes in the Austin Seminary publication Communitas:
"Christian worship does not simply occur as a pause at the end of the week; rather, it begins the week, the time that we have, by announcing good news to the world for all time. As God gives time to the world, there is always enough to go around. Christian worship both occurs in the midst of ordinary time, at the beginning of the work week, and beyond time, as God breaks into an ordinary day and promises communion to a time-starved and often bread-starved people." (pg 9, v.5)

In recent years daily calendars and planners have Sunday not at the beginning of the week but at the end. The week planning starts with Monday. There has always been something unsettling about this for me. To be honest my week is often focused on the next Sunday...but is this not then a reminder for me that Sunday is the beginning...for all of us. Is this true for you? (you can leave comments you know) Is Sunday the beginning of your week or the end of one...
Seems to me I read somewhere that most heart attacks happen between 8 and 9 am on Monday morning. Perhaps what we need to remember as we prepare Sunday worship is that
we are setting folk out for a dangerous time.

Jensen continued... "Good work extends the gift of time to others, where the time I spend working in some way rebounds to others' enjoyment of the time they're given."

Think with me about these things. What is it that gives meaning to what we do? Our work is not limited to those things which provide payment. Our work is our daily way of Being in this world.
Our work is in sharing the abundance in which we live. Our work is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves.

Therein lies great meaning and peace.

God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Friday, June 05, 2009


Friday morning at 8:30 is the beginning of the Presbytery Meeting in Tulsa. That's about 3 hours from here...without morning traffic that I hope to avoid.

Our daughter went to medical school there at OSU-College of Osteopathic Medicine.
So I know the way to tulsa. I wish I had time to see my best friend and also cousins that are there but it just won't work this time.

We will meet from 8:30 to 8:30 with some time in between for little meetings and worship.
The vice Moderator of our General Assembly, that's presbyterian speak, will be there and I am looking forward to meeting him face to face. My husband John met him this past week in TX.
My goodness the moderator and vice moderator travel a lot!

We get together in one or more rooms for meetings. We greet one another, check out one another's name tags, and discuss , pray and vote on different issues. It should be a good time.
I like it when we play together as churches, and this time all the Presbyterian churches in the whole of Oklahoma will be together.

Tell me something I didn't know...I'm always ready to learn...

Our son and daughter in law are coming up to help us sort,toss and pack some more in the house. I am going to leave instructions that if the sentence contains the words..."mom will never notice" they are to stop what they are doing, packing, throwing, etc... Grin... no seriously really

God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey