The Blog of Gordon Pruitt the Pastor of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Richmond Virginia

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"All I Want for Christmas is...."

For Advent this year I am stealing, borrowing, a sermon series from Michael Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church. The idea of the series is to finish the sentence, "all I want for Christmas is" from the prospective of Jesus.
I thought that was an awesome idea so we are using it.
At Ginghamsburg these were his sermons:
"all i want for Christmas is for you"
to love one another
to have full term faith
to remember the poor
to remember the child

At St. Matthew's this is what we are going to do:
"all I want for Christmas is for you"
to remember who and what Christmas is about
to have full term faith
to remember the poor

I am still praying and thinking about what the other 2 sermons will be. If you were to finish the statement from Jesus' perspective what would some of your answers be?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Prayers for Recovery

Last March I signed up for a physical fitness program called Seal Team PT. Seal Team is a fitness program created by former Navy Seal John McGuire. It is an awesome program and it hard to believe that people pay money to be worked to death at 5:45 in the morning. It's not unusual at the end of a workout to have done over 200 push ups and dips and to have ran a minimum of 2 miles. But that is exactly what over 150 people do everyday.
Three weeks ago while jumping on a trampoline with an 8 year old, John fell off and broke his neck. Today he left the hospital 3 weeks ahead of schedule and while he has a long way to go he expects to make a full recovery. Here is a story about John from today's Richmond Times Dispatch. John you continue to be in my prayers and look forward to seeing you soon.
God Bless

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Off the Wagon

After more than a month of not snacking, i fell off the wagon today. I had survived Halloween and was continuing to cruse along. Than around 4 PM while sitting in my office i began to smell the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from the church kitchen. There was no turning back, i had 6 cookies.