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COMMUNITY

Snippet A strong sense of community reduces the stress from too-rapid change. Lessons for living Scripture Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. Acts 2:43-45 Message Song My Town Montgomery Gentry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EWTxTIH9Q4 There's a "For Sale" sign on a big old rusty tractor. You can't miss it, it's the first thing that you see. Just up the road, a pale-blue water tower, With "I Love Jenny" painted in bright green. Hey, that's my Uncle Bill, there by the courthouse. He'll be lowerin' the flag when the sun goes down. And this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Hey! Where I was born, where I was raised. Where I keep all my yesterdays. Where I ran off 'cos I got mad, An' it came to blows with my old man. Where I came back to settle down, It's where they'll put me in the ground: This is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) My town. There ain't much goin' on here since they closed the mill. But that whistle still blows ev'ry day at noon. A bunch of us still go down to the diner. I wonder if that interstate's still comin' through. Come Sunday morning service, at the Church of Christ, Well there ain't an empty seat to be found. And this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Where I was born, where I was raised. Where I keep all my yesterdays. Where I ran off 'cos I got mad, An' it came to blows with my old man. Where I came back to settle down, It's where they'll put me in the ground: This is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) My town. Well, I bought and painted up that rusty tractor. You can't miss it, it's sittin' right there in our yard. The County came and took that water tower, And that's Jenny, with a baby, in the car. Ah, we're off to Sunday service at the Church of Christ, And if we want a seat, we better leave right now. And maybe later, me an old T-roy will show you around, Our town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, where I was born, where I was raised. Where I keep all my yesterdays. Where I ran off 'cos I got mad, An' it came to blows with my old man. Where I came back to settle down, It's where they'll put me in the ground: This is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) Yeah, this is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) This is my town. (Na, na, na, na, na.) My town. Sentence Prayer Look Kindly on our world, our God. As we suffer and struggle with one another. Look kindly on your church, Driven by the same necessity; And may the light we have seen in Jesus Illuminate and brighten all the world. Amen New Zealand Prayer Book

HUNTING

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“For us hunting wasn’t a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature, that intimacy providing us with wild unprocessed food free from pesticides and hormones and with the bonus of having been produced without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel. In addition, hunting provided us with an ever scarcer relationship in a world of cities, factory farms, and agribusiness, direct responsibility for taking the lives that sustained us. Lives that even vegans indirectly take as the growing and harvesting of organic produce kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects. We lived close to the animals we ate. We knew their habits and that knowledge deepened our thanks to them and the land that made them.” ― Ted Kerasote, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Scripture

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die. Genesis 27:2-4

Song Buck Fever Tony Young http://www.reverbnation.com/tonyyoungband

Been fishin’ for months, and out on the lake But kids are back in school, ain’t much longer to wait I done put my ol’ bass boat up, for the year Got the Packers playin’ on my TV That means it won’t be long now till I’m up in a tree I’m gonna try an lay the smack down, on that deer Cause it’s been a long hot summer, I’m ready for fall To get in the woods and give it my all Somebody call a doctor, I got Buck Fever Time to break out the bow, get ready my gun Me and the boys are gonna have some fun Hey honey tell the boss man, I got Buck Fever I got it oh so bad . . . Buck Fever Well there ain’t nothin’ like, being out in the woods Lookin’ over a green field, sho is good And justa hopin’ and prayin’ that he will, pass my way But if he ever does, if I know me He’ll have me shakin’ so bad, like a leaf on a tree I’m gonna do everything I can, to wreck his day Well you know you got it bad, when you can’t catch your breath And your heart’s beatin’ plum straight outta your chest It’s the best dang high that I’ve ever felt

Sentence Prayer

I have killed the deer. I have crushed the grasshopper. And the plants he feeds upon. I have taken fish from the water. And birds from the sky. In my life I have needed death So that my life can be. When I die I must give life To what has nourished me. The earth receives my body And gives it to the plants And to the caterpillars To the birds And to the coyotes Each in its own turn so that The circle of life is never broken.

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COAT OF MANY COLORS

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The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato

Scripture

Jacob’s son Joseph was now seventeen years old. His job, along with his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah, was to shepherd his father’s flocks. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things they were doing. 3 Now as it happened, Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other children, because Joseph was born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob gave him a special gift—a brightly colored coat.[a] 4 His brothers of course noticed their father’s partiality, and consequently hated Joseph; they couldn’t say a kind word to him. 5 One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing even deeper hatred. Genesis 37:2-5 LB

Song Coat Of Many Colors by Dolly Parton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1zJzr-kWsI

Back through the years I go wonderin' once again Back to the seasons of my youth I recall a box of rags that someone gave us And how my momma put the rags to use There were rags of many colors Every piece was small And I didn't have a coat And it was way down in the fog Momma sewed the rags together Sewin' every piece with love She made my coat of many colors That I was so proud of As she sewed, she told a story From the bible, she had read About a coat of many colors Joseph wore and then she said Perhaps this coat will bring you Good luck and happiness And I just couldn't wait to wear it And momma blessed it with a kiss My coat of many colors That my momma made for me Made only from rags But I wore it so proudly Although we had no money I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me So with patches on my britches Holes in both my shoes In my coat of many colors I hurried off to school Just to find the others laughing And making fun of me In my coat of many colors My momma made for me And oh I couldn't understand it For I felt I was rich And I told them of the love My momma sewed in every stitch And I told 'em all the story Momma told me while she sewed And how my coat of many colors Was worth more than all their clothes But they didn't understand it And I tried to make them see That one is only poor Only if they choose to be Now I know we had no money But I was rich as I could be In my coat of many colors My momma made for me Made just for me

Sentence Prayer

Purify, our hearts, O Lord, to long for the one true thing and be distracted by nothing. Amen

Believe

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“Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does.” ― Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

Scripture

The Father loves this man because he is his Son, and God has given him everything there is. 36 And all who trust him—God’s Son—to save them have eternal life; those who don’t believe and obey him shall never see heaven, but the wrath of God remains upon them.” John 3:35,36 TLB

Song The Henningsens - To Believe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lif28wV5Q1A

I got a check from God today Hiding in the stack of bills Adressed from a long lost friend I helped out years ago It couldn't come at a better time I was running short on cash and faith The note says "you probably didn't want this back, But I sent it anyway" Some might call that a lucky day But I (Chorus) Believe in things that I can't see Like there's more than me taking care of me And when I'm by myself I'm not alone And all my wrapped up little plans Are held tight by bigger hands So when I'm standing in between All is right and all is lost It don't cost me anything To believe At first I cried and then I laughed Like I've done a thousand times I was looking for direction when I Ran into the sign And it opens up my eyes And I (Repeat Chorus) It's not accident Happenstance Random But I believe Miracles Happen Because I I got a check from God today Hiding in the stack of bills Adressed from a long lost friend Yeah God's funny that way And I (Repeat Chorus) No it don't cost me anything To believe

Sentence Prayer

Father; You are invisible to those who have no faith But I see you in sinners who are now saints I see you in a child’s smile I see you in a sunrise I see you in unexpected care Because of faith, I believe Jesus Died for my sins and set me free. Help me to follow him no matter the cost. Amen

NIGHTINGGALE

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You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. Chinese Proverb

Scripture

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-27

Song Norah Jones Nightingale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVkaSYuB9NI

Nightingale Sing us a song Of a love that once belonged Nightingale Tell me your tale Was your journey far too long? Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer To a question I can't ask I don't know which way the feather falls Or if i should blow it to the left All the voices that are spinnin' around me Trying to tell me what to say Can I fly right behind you And you can take me away

Sentence Prayer

Father; Angels fly because they take themselves lightly Humble me that I may fly Birds fly because they travel lightly Lighten my burdens that I may fly Prayers fly to your throne, because of love Deepen my love so my prayers may be heard Amen

OUTLAW

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The difference between a criminal and an outlaw is that while criminals frequently are victims, outlaws never are. Indeed, the first step toward becoming a true outlaw is the refusal to be victimized. All people who live subject to other people's laws are victims. People who break laws out of greed, frustration, or vengeance are victims. People who overturn laws in order to replace them with their own laws are victims. ( I am speaking here of revolutionaries.) We outlaws, however, live beyond the law. We don't merely live beyond the letter of the law-many businessmen, most politicians, and all cops do that-we live beyond the spirit of the law. In a sense, then, we live beyond society. Have we a common goal, that goal is to turn the tables on the 'nature' of society. When we succeed, we raise the exhilaration content of the universe. We even raise it a little bit when we fail. Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

Scripture

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32,40-42 NIV

Song Poncho and Left Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxzJAF1BxP4

Livin on the road my friend, is gonna keep you free and clean Now you wear your skin like iron Your breath as hard as kerosene You weren't your momma's only boy, but her favorite one it seems She began to cry when you said goodbye And sank into your dreams Pancho was a bandit boy, his horse was fast as polished steel He wore his gun outside his pants For all the honest world to feel Pancho met his match you know on the deserts down in Mexico Nobody heard his dyin words, ah but that's the way it goes All the Federales say, they could've had him any day They only let him slip away, out of kindness I suppose Lefty he can't sing the blues all night long like he used to The dust that Pancho bit down south ended up in Lefty's mouth The day they laid poor Pancho low, Lefty split for Ohio Where he got the bread to go, there ain't nobody knows All the Federales say, they could've had him any day They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose The boys tell how old Pancho fell, and Lefty's livin in cheap hotels The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold And so the story ends we're told Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty too He only did what he had to do, and now he's growing old All the Federales say, they could've had him any day They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose A few gray Federales say, they could've had him any day They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose

Sentence Prayer Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner

Honor

Snippet “If you aren't willing to face your demons-if you can't find the courage to take on your fear and hurt and anger-you might as well wrap them up with a bow and give them to your children. Because they will be carrying the same thing...unless you are willing to do the work” ― R.A. Dickey Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball Scripture By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:2-4 NASB Song Honor Atreyu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APTHw9ASr-o Resolute a stance of defiance Always teetering on the brink Nothing can hold you back when When you're not holding back a thing Open arms we embrace tomorrow Closed fists, tarnishing today We're not afraid to open our mouths and scream We believe in what we say [Chorus:] Like a whisper to the dusk An oath against the shadows Denying the dark Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Like a prayer unto the dawn In arms against the shadows Destroying the dark Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Covered in sweat and blood Yet still our heads held high Actions have consequences When you live for foolish pride Been careful not to lose ourselves Stand together one passion, one hate We believe in a better tomorrow We believe in what we say [Chorus:] Like a whisper to the dusk An oath against the shadows Denying the dark Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Like a prayer unto the dawn In arms against the shadows Destroying the dark Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn We'll fight out battles we'll wage our wars Settle the scores with honor and blood We'll wear our scars like medals of hope Like medals of hope Like medals of hope We'll fight out battles we'll wage our wars Settle the scores with honor and blood We'll wear our scars like medals of hope Like medals of hope Like medals of hope [Chorus:] Like a whisper to the dusk An oath against the shadows Denying the dark Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Like a prayer unto the dawn In arms against the shadows Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk) In arms against the shadows Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk) In arms against the shadows Destroying the dark (whisper to the dusk) Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Fight fight fight 'til the break of dawn Sentence Prayer

Almighty god, You see that we have no power of ourselves To help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies And inwardly in our souls. That we may be defended from all adversities Which may happen to the body, And from all evil thoughts Which may assault and hurt the soul. Amen (A New Zealand Prayer Book The Anglican Church in Aotearoa pg 134)

Good Day!

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May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

Scripture

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 NIV Song Lord I hope this day is Good Don Williams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWR78buhHbI

Lord I hope this day is good I'm feeling empty and misunderstood I should be thankful Lord I know I should but Lord I hope this day is good Lord have you forgotten me I've been prayin' to you faithfully I'm not saying I'm a righteous man but Lord I hope you understand I don't need fortune and I don't need fame Send down the thunder Lord send down the rain But when you're planning just how it will be plan a good day for me Lord I hope this day is good... [ mandolin ] You've been the King since the dawn of time all that I'm asking is a little less cryin' It might be hard for the devil to do but it would be easy for you Lord I hope this day is good... [ mandolin ]

Sentence Prayer

Father: This is the day you have made, teach us to find Joy In your 86,400 Gift

Whether pleasant or unpleasant Each day may we find one thing to be thankful for! Amen