Archive for October, 2012

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Mondays with My Old Pastor Sometimes All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us

By José Navajo
Published by Thomas Nelson

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A totally burned-out young preacher reignites his faith and gathers wisdom for life while spending successive Mondays with an eighty-three-year-old pastor.

“Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure,” writes pastor and author José Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn’t know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth—his “old pastor”—who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of 15 unique principles.

In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. As readers follow Navajo’s journey from desperation to rejuvenation, they will find themselves similarly transformed and inspired. This moving, beautifully written account is sure to reignite every soul’s longing for renewal.”- Thomas Nelson Publishers

Monday’s With my Old Pastor follows the life of a younger church leader who is burnt out, stressed and has lost his connection with God. This is a powerful true story of the author Jose. In today’s world we are becoming more physically and spiritually drained in our workplaces, the same draining happens within our churches and with our clergy. The young pastor seeks out a mentor from his past an 83 year old pastor who had helped him along the path to ministry.

Reading through Jose’ story I began to reflect on who had helped me along the way and what advice they had given to me. This book touched my heart and I expect has touched the hearts of many who have read it. I found myself reflecting on the advice I had received over the years and what would have happened if I had always taken the good advice that was given.

If you like true stories, if someone has ever influenced you in your career and you have lost touch with them, this would be a great book for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Invitation to Communion

(Service was written by Rev. Richard Bott for use during the Season of Creation)

Communion Prayer

One: God is with you.

All: God is with all creation.

One: Lift up your hearts!

All: We lift our hearts to God.

One: Let us give thanks to God:

Creator of all that is,

Christ that calls us to wholeness,

Spirit that blows us where it will.

All: Thank you, God!
One: We thank you, God—for everything.
A long time ago, you decided to start something new.
Out of that newness came all that exists.
Out of that newness came the stars in the sky,
the planets, and moons. The water, the air—and life!
All: Thank you, God!
One: Here, in this place,

on this planet,
you created life that took many shapes.
Single-celled creatures that became many-celled creatures.
Many-celled creatures that became plants, became animals,
became us.

All: Thank you, God!
One: Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how we came to be,
and why we came to be—
and how to be in relationship with all creation—

and with each other.
Throughout our history, we human beings
have tried to understand how all things came to be,
and why we came to be,
and how to be in relationship with you.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of listening.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of loving.
Sometimes, we’ve not done a good job of being in relationship
with you, with what you have created,
or with each other.
All: We are sorry, God.
We ask for your forgiveness.
We ask for your help.
Open our ears, our eyes, our hearts,
and our minds—
so that we might listen to your call,

so that we might listen to the needs of what you have created, so that we might speak those needs

and live your love.

One: When our ancestors made mistakes,
you sent them guides to help them on their way—
priests and prophets, teachers and healers,
grandmas and grandpas,
who called people back to your love.
And in Jesus the Christ
you were with us
to teach us, to love us, to save us from ourselves.
Thank you, God!
All: Thank you, loving God!
One: Jesus laughed with those who laughed,
and cried with those who cried.
He learned what it meant to be part of your creation

and tried to teach us with stories of seeds and sowers, of bushes and birds; in his love, he called us back into relationship with you.
And so we pray the words he gave to all of his disciples,
the ones that remind us that you love us
with all the love a mother can give,
with all the love a father can give, saying
All: Our Father, who art…
One: On the night that Jesus was taken away,
by people afraid of what he was teaching of your love,
he gathered with his friends.
He took a loaf of bread and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth grain from the earth.”

All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it.
This is my body, given for you. Each time you eat it…remember me.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took a cup full of wine and gave thanks to you,
saying, “Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe,
who brings forth fruit from the vine.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
He took the cup and gave it to his disciples
saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink it. This is my blood.
My forever promise to you and to everyone.
Each time you drink, remember me.”
All: Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe;

everything you have created is blessed.
Blessed are you, God most holy.
We ask that you would send your Spirit upon this bread and this cup that they, and we, might be the body of Christ—hope in the world, speaking, acting, and living the change that brings healing and wholeness. In this hope, your people praise you:
All: Holy God! Holy One! Holy Three!
Praise now and forever!
Amen. Amen! AMEN!

 

Invitation and Sharing of Gifts

Prayer after Communion

 

All: This bread we have eaten

comes from the earth.

The wine we have tasted

comes from the soil.

(Prayers of the Children of St. Paul’s)

Thank you, God, for sharing it all.

Help us to lend our voice in caring for Earth.

Help us to see the birds of the air,

the fish of the water,

the plants and animals that live with us

as part of our communion in your love.

In Christ’s name,

we ask it. Amen.