Posts Tagged 'Memphis'

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 2015 – Mark 10:13-14

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

Mark 10:13-14 – People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” 

You don’t have to be Biblical scholar to know that children are important to God.  Our preschool here at Church Health is named Perea, because it was in the region of Perea, the territory beyond the Jordan River, where Jesus spoke these familiar words.

Loving God, keep us mindful of how important children are to you.  Bless them, and help us be blessings to them.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

1 Thessalonians 2:13We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

There was a church here in Memphis that had an advertisement years ago…I can’t remember the name of the church or pastor, but I know he has passed away. One of his sermon lines in the ad was “God is working his purpose out!” This scripture reminds us that God is at work in each of us.

Prayer: Steadfast God, attune our ears and open our hearts so that we might clearly hear your directions for us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 35:1-2a, 3

Monday, December 6, 2010 – Advent 3, Year A

As we approach the third Sunday of Advent, our images of peace are now punctuated by visions of healing. The lectionary texts include: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10 and Matthew 11:2-11. An alternate passage for the Psalm is Luke 1:46b-55.

Isaiah 35:1-2a, 3The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing…Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

Cold weather finally seemed to settle into Memphis this weekend, and I wished I had started raking leaves when it was a bit warmer outside. With the joints in my hands and knees confirming that winter was finally here, I longed for that morning in spring when the first purple crocus pops its bloom out from under the leaf litter I fail to rake up.

Prayer: Creator God, you are our strength and our hope through all the seasons of our lives. AMEN.

September 1, 2010 – 23rd Anniversary of the Church Health Center

Our first and second buildings are still in operation today housing our development, human resources and accounting staff members.

Be sure to visit the Church Health Center’s website.

Faith, Food and Justice – A Lenten Series in Memphis

The Presbyterian Church, USA created a resource titled: Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table. This is a 7-week program that explores the various connections between food and faith.

Here in Memphis, Balmoral Presbyterian Church’s Wednesday night Lenten series will explore aspects of this study as it relates to ministries and other programs in Memphis. If you live in Memphis, you should consider attending this thought-provoking and informative series. The dinners are being catered by a local ministry so be sure to call and reserve your space if you wish to eat.

What can a vibrant health ministry look like?

Rev. Dr. Ken Robinson of St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee was recently interviewed by in an article titled Soulful Messengers about his congregation’s health ministry activities. Every congregation reading this article can find something that inspires them to try something new.

Physicians and Prayer

This is a link to a great article from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly that features interviews from several physicians in Memphis, Tennessee, including the Founder and Executive Director of the Church Health Center, Rev. Dr. Scott Morris.

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