Liturgy for April 19

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Good morning! Your response to day is Our hearts are full of gladness! And your cue is “with Vitamin D…” Don’t worry if you never heard of vitamin D, it won’t be on the final exam. I thought I made it up. It turns out that it is used for several meanings. G for glamour, because every girl needs a little glamour in her life. G for grease because deep fat fried food tastes so good. Etc. We’re going to mean G for gladness, then transition to G for God…the source of gladness. SO when I say “with Vitamin G” you say Our hearts are full of gladness!

Our hearts are full of gladness!

It was spring this week. A saw on Facebook that Paul Houchens rode is his bicycle to work for the first time this season on Monday. I finally got my bike ready and rode on Thursday. I hope you had a chance to get outside this week and soak up some sunshine. We all need sunshine. Your skin makes vitamin D when you get out in the sunshine. More importantly, on a warm spring day, heart makes vitamin G. “G” for gladness. The vitamin G is not in the sunshine. It is produced in your heart in response to the warm of spring , the beauty of spring and your anticipation that trees will soon be green and flowers will soon pop out of the ground. With Vitamin D …

Our hearts are full of gladness!

I spend 4 or 5 nights a week in an apartment in Malta. Every night I call Donna on the phone. Not because I always have some practical need to discuss something. Because I need to be connected to her. I need a dose of vitamin G that my heart can make from being reminded that she loves me. And isn’t that one reason we are all here today? To restore our vitamin G levels by being with people who care about us and are full of the spirit of God. With Vitamin D …

Our hearts are full of gladness!

So with that I make the transition…from gladness to God. Of course God is the inventor of spring and all the gladness it brings. And it is God who puts all of the people in our lives who bring us gladness. But in really sometimes the external circumstances in our life or pretty deficient in Vitamin G. Bad things happen to all of us. But God is always with us. In fact God is within us. Just as warm weather in April cares a promise of dormant trees and flowers coming to life, God within us cares a promise of eternal life for each of us. That’s a promise our hearts can use to make vitamin D. And With Vitamin D …

Our hearts are full of gladness!

 

liturgy for April 19, 2015   by Joe Watts