Time to Prepare for Worship…Observing Communion

This week’s worship at ClearView will be defined by the addition of the Lord’s Supper as a part of the service.’ It is always a special time when we observe this ordinance in our worship service.  It is a great reminder of the great sacrifice that Christ made for us.

In some traditions this ordinance is observed each week. We don’t, instead planning special Sundays for this event. Observing communion less frequently is intentional so that this ordinance can be given importance and sufficient time. In our planning of a ‘Communion Sunday’ we give less time for other elements of the service.

When the word ‘communion’ is searched in a Thesaurus the words ‘unity’ and ‘relationship’ are displayed.  We have a ‘relationship’ with God and ‘unity’ with His Son and fellow believers only because of the great sacrifice made on the cross of Christ…and that is why we celebrate communion.

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
 I Corinthians 11:27-28

These scriptures immediately follow the instruction on how to observe ‘The Lord’s Supper.’ Here we find scriptures that challenge us to examine ourselves before we take of the bread and the wine. This is what is going to be on my mind until the worship services on Sunday…time to examine my relationship with God…time to make sure that I have communicated with God about everything and asked forgiveness so that I can truly worship….time to prepare for worship.

Help! 30 minutes to ask a leader 5 questions, what would you ask?

Taking a
sabbatical from active leadership and trying to gain insights about leadership.


In just a
couple of months I have the privilege of taking a seven week sabbatical. One of
the things that I want to accomplish is to sit down with some leaders of
for-profit; non-profit and religious organizations and ask them five questions
concerning leadership styles, successes, failures, and trends.  If you had the opportunity to sit down and
talk to a leader you admire, what would you ask? 


Any input
would be appreciated. Post ideas in the comment section of this blog.

Being a Leader: My Plans Are Useless

Being a
leader for a ministry and a group of people, it is important to have plans.
Leadership demands that there is a plan. Worship services demand that there is
a plan. However plans made by me are useless. 


Some days
that I read God’s word it just jumps off the page. Then there are days like I
experienced this morning that it seems like a foreign language. You know the
feeling when you read you can’t understand the thoughts or make sense of the
story. I am glad that these mornings are not the norm.


Even today
as it all seemed foreign, God still spoke to me through one verse (Isaiah
22:11) “But all your feverish plans are to no avail because you never ask God
for help. He is the one who planned this long ago.”


I am pretty
good at planning things out and there is a lot of anxiety that takes place in
my life when I don’t.  However, I have
come to understand that I often fall short on taking time to ask God for help
in the planning and once plans are on paper asking God for help in carrying
them out.


Even when I
don’t understand everything I read in God’s word, He still speaks.  I am glad He reminded me, challenged me with
the verse from Isaiah 22 and reinforced by this verse: "Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved." Proverbs 16:3

Worship: method vs. person

the method of worship

becomes more important than the person of worship,

have already prostituted our worship.

Judson Cornwell

Worship is recognizing God

"Worship is
recognizing God for who he is; it is ascribing worth to him; it is God’s people
telling him about the worth they see in him.

Don Weaver