This picture from "Walk Thru the Bible" portrays King Solomon with his half-heart for God. What’s he doing? Singing a solo. So this book is the “Song of Solo-man” or Song of Solomon. The scene is a wedding, and King Solomon is holding a ring in his hand. So that reminds us of the key phrase of the book, Love in Marriage. Full of oriental imagery, the Song of Solomon recounts Solomon’s marriage to a country maiden. While it extols the bliss of married love and the deep devotion of spouses to one another, it also speaks of the heartaches and challenges of marriage. In addition to recording a part of Solomon’s life, the book’s lovely lyrics also give an intimate glimpse of God’s fervent love for His people.
Here's a theme verse for this book:
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Join us as we continue in our third week with our second annual Lenten Organ Recitals, Thursdays from March 30th – April 13th at 11:30 a.m. Where you have an opportunity to listen to some of our region's finest organists. After a Lenten scripture reading we will listen to some sacred music offered by talented artists.
This week we will have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Ed Yarnelle. Dr. Ed Yarnelle received his Masters in Music in keyboard performance from St. Joseph College, Renesselaer, Indiana, and a Doctorate in Keyboard Performance at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; where he studied under Kirby Koriath. Dr. Yarnelle was the organist and choir director for the Hemet United Methodist church, and was the founder and director of the Yucaipa Community String Orchestra from 1996-2008. He taught piano at Mt. San Jacinto Community College from 1996-2008, and has been an active member of the Redlands Spinet Music Association since 1994. He has taught music and psychology at San Bernardino Valley Community College since 1994. Dr. Yarnelle is an active piano accompanist, having accompanied at the University of Redlands, San Bernardino Valley College, and Moreno Valley College. He gives piano and organ programs in the surrounding area and performs chamber music with the San Gorgonio trio.
A couple weeks back, newcomers to church and some old-timers, got together for tea and cookies at our house. Pat Poole was among the long-time members who attended. You can see her in some of these pictures. She passed away yesterday. We will miss her. We offer her family our condolences and are comforting one another in our loss.
These pictures also include a couple images from our Seekers and Joiners class last Sunday. It is an honor and pleasure to join with a growing number of people who want to serve God and shine the light of Jesus in our community.
Here's the message from Jesus about shining God's light that begins his sermon on the Mount. The text is is from the Message translation:
When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. Salt and Light
Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.