Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Fun at DPC

Some images from our recent Summer Spectacular...

Watermelon eating Contest...
Presbyterians are surprisingly good at this.

Shaving Cream fight...
We've still got a ways to go at this, I believe.

Alyssa is always very stylish... even in the midst of battle.

The Big Kahuna!

big sheets of plastic + lots of water + lots of baby shampoo

A game of volleyball starts to take shape...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Spectacular!

About a month ago DPC had the first of three Summer Spectacular events... a dinner & a scavenger hunt.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 21) we'll have our second Summer Spectacular event... WATER FUN & ICE CREAM SUNDAES.

6:00 pm, bring your favorite ice cream topping & wear your swim suits.  If you got a Summer Spectacular t-shirt last time, wear it again.  If you weren't with us last time, join us this time & get a t-shirt!

This is a great time for the whole church family to enjoy laughing & playing together, as children who bear the image of a Father who loves, revels in, and sings over his family.

Tell a friend.  Bring a friend!

Getting Behind Jesus

In studying for this week's sermon, I've been reminded of a crucial aspect of discipleship.  In Matthew 16.23, when Jesus rebukes Peter (after Peter rebuked Jesus), Jesus speaks sharply to Peter:  "Get behind me, Satan!"

The "Satan" part is pretty interesting, but I'm really more fascinated with the "Get behind me" part.  It's the very same phrase that we find in these passages:

Matthew 4.19:  "And he said to them, 'Follow me [this was the first time Peter heard this phrase from the mouth of Jesus], and I will make you fishers of men.'"

Matthew 10.38:  "And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me."

Matthew 16.24:  "Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'"

This rebuke is really a call to discipleship, using the language of discipleship.  It's not "go away, get out of my sight, leave me alone, I don't want to see you right now."  It's a reminder of what it means to be a disciple.

We follow Jesus.  We don't get in front of him & try to take the lead ourselves because we know what's best in life (as Peter was attempting to do).  We follow behind, in the way of Jesus.

Jesus is saying, "Get back behind me.  Return to your proper place as a disciple.  I lead; you follow behind me on the way.  Sometimes it may seem to you like I'm veering off course & don't know what I'm doing.  But my ways are higher than your ways; my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.  Trust me.  Dare to follow me where I'm leading you."

Men & Boys Paintball

Some of the men & boys of DPC recently enjoyed a paintball adventure.  To the left you'll see George displaying his awesome paintball prowess.  He was really amazing.

You'll also see to the right that Keith took great pleasure in getting a taste for the sport.

There will be more men & boys adventures in the days ahead.  Stay tuned.

"Do it again..."

Years ago I ran across this delightful quote from G.K. Chesterton... and I've not looked at creation the same way since...

"It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead, a piece of clockwork.  People feel that if the universe were personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance.  This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact.

For the variation in human affairs is generally brought into them, not by life, but by death, by the dying down or breaking off of their strength or desire.  A man varies his movements because of some slight element of failure or fatigue.  He gets into an omnibus because he is tired of walking; or he walks because he is tired of sitting still.

But if his life and joy were so gigantic that he never tired of going to Islington, he might go to Islington as regularly as the Thames goes to Sheerness.  The very speed and ecstasy of his life would have the stillness of death.

The sun rises every morning.  I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction.  Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising.  His routine might be due not to a lifeless ness but to a rush of life.

The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy.  A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life.  Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.  They always say, 'Do it again'; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead!  For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.

It is possible that God says every morning, 'Do it again' to the sun; and every evening 'Do it again' to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but he has never got tired of making them.  It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.  The repetition in nature may not be mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.  Heaven may encore the bird who laid an egg."


It was a dark and stormy night...

I'm really not sure how to begin a blog, so I think we'll just jump right in.

I won't even try to explain what I hope this blog will be.  Just check in whenever you want & see if it strikes your interest.

But whenever you begin something, you should always remember these unfading words of wisdom...

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose."  Hitch