Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, November, 2018

posted Oct 31, 2018, 7:39 AM by Lois Kerchner

A Truly Memorable Musician

One of the most prolific and best known Protestant Christian hymn writers and lyricists of all time lost her sight at six weeks of age. Her blindness occurred due to an eye infection and poor medical care. From the age of 15 until 23 she attended the New York Institution for the Blind in New York City where she later served on the faculty. In 1841, at 21 years of age, she contributed a poetic eulogy on President William Henry Harrison to the New York Herald. Subsequently, she published verses in other newspapers, and in 1844 she published her first volume, “The Blind Girl and Other Poems.”

It wasn't until about twenty years later at the age of forty-four that she began writing hymns. It is estimated that Frances Jane Crosby (Fanny Crosby) wrote between 5,500 and 9,000 hymns during the next fifty years of her lifetime (she lived to almost ninety-five). The exact count is uncertain due to the numerous pseudonyms (as many as 200, according to some sources) which she used to preserve her modesty and because some publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns by one person included in their hymnals.

Her hymns were especially popular in the Methodist Church, which for a time observed an annual “Fanny Crosby Day.” Some of the best known hymns written by Fanny J. Crosby include “Blessed Assurance,” “To God Be the Glory,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Savior, More Than Life to Me,” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” Seven of her hymns are still included in The United Methodist Hymnal.

Living most of her life in New York City, Fanny was a lifelong Methodist and the wife of blind musician Alexander Van Alstyne. She supplied texts for the most popular gospel hymn composers of her day. These included Robert Lowry, Ira Sankey, Wm. H. Doane, Wm. J. Kirkpatrick, and Wm. B. Bradbury. During her lifetime she was one of the best known women in the United States. Fanny became deeply involved in working with the poor and was devoted to serving others above herself.

Many consider Fanny Crosby to be among the greatest Christian hymn writers of all times. Her lyrics memorably invoke within the hearer long forgotten times and experiences and have power to express the truth of God's work and love. Her songs remain so intricately woven within American spiritual life that rarely is there any hymnal that does not include one of her memorable pieces.

Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby, who was born in 1820 and died in 1915, has been dead and gone for over one hundred years. But she still lives on in her music, even though we may sometimes fail to recognize it. Perhaps the next time you see Fanny J. Crosby at the bottom left hand corner of a hymn you are singing, it will bring to mind something of this remarkable person who devoted her life to telling the story of the God who has reached out to us in mercy and love. How could one not be impressed by this unusual person, who although blind since infancy, overcame great prejudice, to live an extraordinary life characterized by great spiritual depth and profuse creativity. I applaud her every time we sing “Blessed Assurance” or some other work attributed to her name.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries


Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, October, 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 11:07 AM by Lois Kerchner

To the Glory of God Alone

 

Notable musicians have been known to initial their musical compositions in the margin with the letters SDG, which represented the Latin words Soli Deo Gloria. An English translation of these words would be “Glory to God alone.” Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, and other musical composers used this designation to signify that their music was produced in order to praise God and for that purpose only.


Today J.S. Bach is regarded as one of the most brilliant composers ever.  While the people of his day recognized Bach as a great organist, they never considered him as a great composer. When he died in 1750, his music was thought to be old-fashioned and had been forgotten by most people. It was not until almost 80 years later that the music of Bach was rediscovered.

 

In 1829, the composer Felix Mendelssohn found a copy of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion (the story of Jesus' crucifixion and death) and decided to perform it. Those who heard this performance of Bach's music loved it! They wondered why his musical compositions had been forgotten. Now that the music world had rediscovered Bach, they began performing his works at concerts and in churches around the world. Bach became much more famous a hundred years after his death than he had ever been while he was alive. But it was never really his desire to become famous. His desire was to glorify God. Today his music is played and studied around the world. It is used in nearly every Christian denomination. It's safe to say that many people now agree that Bach's music truly is Soli Deo Gloria - "to the glory of God alone!" J.S. Bach recognized that he had been gifted by God with a special talent for music. He developed that talent with diligent and rigorous practicing. We all have certain God given talents or abilities that can be developed and put to use for the glory and praise of our Creator God.

 

I saw this story in devotional material from the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. During the bombing raids over Germany in WWII, a certain church was destroyed to the extent there appeared to be nothing left but a heap of rubble and broken glass. In the process of cleaning away the masonry ruins, however, a statue of Christ was found still standing erect. It remained undamaged in spite of all the bombing with the exception that both hands were missing. A famous sculptor in seeing this offered to carve new hands as it came time for rebuilding to begin.

 

When church officials met to consider the sculptor's kindly gesture, they decided not to accept the offer with the following rational. While the broken statue of Christ remained able to touch human spirits, it had no hands to minister to the needy or feed the hungry or help the poor – except their hands. They said, “He (Christ) inspires, but we perform.”

May we as 21st Century followers of Christ commit our lives in loving service SDG – “To the glory of God alone.” 

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, September, 2018

posted Sep 3, 2018, 5:45 PM by Lois Kerchner

CROP Needs You!

You can supply seeds for a community garden in Nicaragua for $20. For just $100 four families in Indonesia are provided with chickens and the use of a shared incubator. For $325 six goats are provided to families in Haiti as a source of milk and income. An elevated hand pump can be built in Myanmar for $850 to supply year-round access to clean, safe water. As you can see, the funds that you raise by participating in a CROP Hunger Walk help global communities flourish.

Your participation in the CROP Hunger Walk impacts individuals and families in more than 35 countries. In many developing nations, people are walking up to six miles every day to get food and water. One in nine people worldwide lack access to clean water and a healthy diet. CROP Hunger Walkers raise more than $9 million annually to bring help and hope to a needy world.

From its inception in 1969, Church World Service-sponsored CROP Hunger walks have grown to include walkers of all ages, faiths and backgrounds in over 900 communities throughout the United States. Disasters and calamities are inevitable. Funds from the CROP Walk provides immediate assistance by offering resources for vulnerable communities in need, such as food, shelter, potable water and CWS Kits and Blankets.

Emergencies frequently expose underlying, chronic problems. When a community doesn't have enough to eat sustainably, it's called food insecurity. CWS helps communities examine all of the issues that prevent the achievement of food security – from the availability of clean water to land rights, problems that may take longer to address than may be convenient for many other aid groups.

Church World Service helps find new homes for some of the millions of families who lose their homes to violence, disaster and prejudice. In addition to supporting refugees in Africa and Asia CWS is working to resettle refugees in the U. S. with the assistance of a network of welcoming communities who provide a new chance for thousands each year. Help is provided to refugees to learn basic English along with new trade skills and setting up a new home.

The CROP Hunger Walk gives us an opportunity to get our hands, feet and voices working for God. Did you know that hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined? It is estimated that throughout the world there are 795 million people who do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. Somewhere around 1 out of every 6 children in developing countries is under-weight. Sixty-six million primary school-age children across the developing world go to school hungry. That can be changed.

By supporting the CROP Hunger Walk you can help change these statistics for the better. The annual CROP Hunger Walk for our area, which celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2018, will take place on Sunday, October 21. You can help be hands and feet for God by being a walker and/or sponsor for this worthy cause. Join the CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) movement. You can be part of a world changing effort for good and God.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

 

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, August, 2018

posted Jul 31, 2018, 12:19 PM by Lois Kerchner



Following the Path of Integrity

As I write this, the Disciple Bible Study Class has just finished studying the Book of Proverbs and is moving on to Ecclesiastes. There are many opposites to be found in Proverbs: the wise and foolish, rich and poor, aged and young, drunk and sober, weak and strong, good and evil, righteous and wicked. One of the things that struck me as being worth some further consideration perhaps was the concept of, “Walking on the path of integrity.”

We read in Proverbs 10:9 (NIV) “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Or the same verse in the New Living Translation says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” Again in the Contemporary English Version (CEV) we are told that “You will be safe, if you always do right, but you will get caught, if you are dishonest.”

Older Bible versions talk about walking blamelessly, sincerely, or uprightly such as in the American Standard Version (ASV), where it says that whoever “walketh uprightly walketh surely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.” It makes some sense to say that “He that perverteth his ways shall be known.” But there is little room for misunderstanding with, “You will get caught, if you are dishonest.”

The point is that there will always be a serious price to pay by not living “uprightly” or failing to walk in the path of integrity. This has always been true and will never change. Yet lack of integrity is just as much an issue for us today as has ever been true in the past.

Mark Twain expressed his thoughts on this topic when he opined, “An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.” And furthermore with his remark that, “I am not an economist. I am an honest man!”

There are dozens or perhaps even hundreds of quotes along the nature of finding an honest man. George Washington observed, for example, that, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” Or consider these words of Sam Houston: “I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.”

We all have a reputation and a legacy associated with us. Jesus observed that the greatest or most important commandment was to love God with one's whole heart, soul, mind and strength and that there was a second “To love your neighbor as yourself,” for there is no other commandment greater than these. Certainly if we follow Jesus' teaching in this respect we will be following or walking on the path of integrity.
George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, July, 2018

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:08 AM by Lois Kerchner

Heav'n and Earth Are Praising Thee

There are two songs in our United Methodist Hymnal attributed to Mary A. Lathbury. You might think two songs are not all that much compared for example to those of a Charles Wesley or Fannie Crosby, but nonetheless this is certainly not anything just to be sneezed at or considered without significance. Actually, I came across the name of this particular hymn writer one morning recently in browsing through the hymnal prior to worship. And it actually was her middle name that caught my attention.

If you look up the Index of Composers, Arrangers, Authors, etc. at the back of the U.M. hymnal, you will find this reference on page 918: “Lathbury, Mary Artemesia (1841-1913) 599, 687.” With an interesting middle name like that my curiosity was aroused to the point that I decided to do some further research by computer. Actually, for whatever it might be worth, I discovered that everywhere else where I found her full name listed, that the spelling was Artemisia with an “i” rather than “Artemesia.” I wasn't really sure how to resolve or what to make of that other than it must be misspelled in the hymnal.

On the website, “Hymnary.org,” there is a list of 69 hymn texts attributed to Mary Artemisia Lathbury. The two from that list that made it into our current hymnal are “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” and “Day is Dying in the West.” She also wrote, “Day is dawning in the east; Souls are gath'ring for the feast,” with a refrain as follows:

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts! Heav'n and earth are full of Thee, Heav'n and earth are praising Thee, O Lord Most High!” This is the same refrain Lathbury used in the much more familiar and popular hymn “Day is Dying in the West,” which is #687 in the red hymnal.

Mary Artemisia Lathbury's father was a Methodist minister and she had two brothers as well who were ministers. She loved poetry and art from a very early age. Regarding her talent for art and verse, she indicated that one day she had heard a voice that she believed was God saying to her: “Remember, my child, that you have a gift of weaving fancies in verse and a gift with the pencil of producing visions that come to your heart; consecrate these to Me as thoroughly as you do your inmost spirit.”

Mary Lathbury studied art in Worcester, Massachusetts, and taught art and French at the Newbury Academy in Vermont, as well as in New York. She was associated with the Chautauqua Movement near Chautauqua, New York, and was known as the poet laureate of Chautauqua.” Her works include The Work and Workers of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, with Frances Elizabeth Willard, 1883

· Ring-a-Round-a-Rosy: Pictures and Verse (R. Worthington, 1885)
· Poems of Mary Artemisia Lathbury, Chautauqua Laureate (1915)


Mary Artemisia Lathbury lived in a bygone era and by now is mostly forgotten. I still don't know all that much about her, but from the relatively little information available she must have been an interesting and delightful person. It was good to have come across her name by randomly paging through the UM Hymnal. One never knows what treasures another day may bring.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, June, 2018

posted Jun 1, 2018, 1:57 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 1:58 PM ]


Facing Fear With Faith

    Adam Hamilton is the founding and senior pastor of the 20,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Missouri. As pastor to this large and diverse United Methodist congregation in America's heartland, he has seen the extent to which fear, anxiety and worry permeate life today. Fear wreaks havoc on relationships and communities and leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very things that promise lives of fulfillment and joy. Hamilton has witnessed the effects of fear up close.

    In a survey of his congregation on how fear affects them 2,400 people responded. Their eye-opening responses indicated that some eighty percent of these respondents admitted to living with moderate or significant levels of fear. Rev. Hamilton offers an insightful and impassioned reply in his recently released book that he has titled, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.

    The Current Issues Sunday School Class that meets in the Fellowship House Parlor has used many of Hamilton's 25 books in the past, and I would suggest that this most recent one does not disappoint. One reviewer, Diana Butler Bass, suggests that Unafraid should be read by every American for its “honest assessment about the danger of nurturing fears and the power of facing them down.” Another reviewer, Father Richard Rohr, the director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM, calls it “A roadmap for facing our fears with faith,” and highly recommends it to others.

    Unafraid covers a lot of territory in 20 chapters over less than 250 pages. Some of the areas covered include crime, terrorism, failure, disappointment, change, finances, aging, dying and illness. Hamilton points out that “People spend a lot of time and emotional energy worrying about and fearing things that will never happen,'' and shares an acronym for these various fears which is as follows:

False; Events; Appearing; Real

Adam Hamilton is proposing another acronym that helps to capture four important steps that he considers throughout the book.

                Face your fears with faith.

                Examine your assumptions in light of the facts.

                Attack your anxieties with action.

                Release your cares to God.

    I am hoping that by now your appetite may have been whetted to try a taste of Unafraid for yourselves. Over the years I have been reading literature of various kinds, and this particular book is definitely well worth reading. When we finish studying this in Sunday School, my copy will be placed in the church library at Leola UMC and if you are in even more of a hurry, you might inquire about borrowing from other class members. Let me know what you think.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

 

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, May, 2018

posted Apr 25, 2018, 2:38 PM by Lois Kerchner


Then Sings My Soul – An Awesome Creator


With the temperature hitting 80 plus degrees on successive days in mid-April this year I thought of the words of the poet, James Russell Lowell, who wrote the following:

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days;

        Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays;
        Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;
        Every clod feels a stir of might, An instinct within it that reaches and towers,
        And, groping blindly above it for light, Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers;

In the 2nd half of the 20th century a song/hymn with words and music by Stuart K. Hine, based on a 19th century poem by the Swedish poet Carl Gustave Boberg, became very popular. How Great Thou Art! has been performed by many artists over the years, including Elvis Presley. It became the theme tune for Billy Graham's weekly Hour of Decision and has received two Grammy Awards. It remains protected under copyright until March 2059.

The second stanza and chorus go like this:

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

According to a leading American hymnologist, “This great hymn teaches three essential truths, the greatness of God's creation, the greatness of Christ's redemption and the greatness of our future inheritance.” The grief and sorrow of refugees fleeing from Eastern Europe, separated from their loved ones, prompted Stuart Hines in 1948 to write a fourth stanza, a verse inspiring hope for a future reunion in Heaven.

Furthermore, an example of one optional extra verse goes as follows:

When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to Him I lift my face;
And then in love He brings me sweet assurance,
“My child! For thee sufficient is my grace.”


As the Psalmist exclaims, “You are Lord God All-Powerful! No one is as loving and faithful as you are - Ps. 89:8 (CEV).

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2018, 8:30 AM by Lois Kerchner

The Web of Love/An Encouraging Word

 

The teacher instructed her classroom of high school students to sit in a circle on the carpeted floor. Then one of the girls in the group was told to toss a ball of yarn to someone across the circle, holding tightly to the loose end. The recipient took hold of the string and listened as the one who tossed it shared something positive that she especially liked about him. Keeping hold of the string, he then tossed the ball across the circle to someone else and affirmed something that he appreciated about the one who had caught the string. The ball of yarn was tossed across and around the circle until everyone had both heard and shared encouragement, and thereby the yarn became a woven web of affirmation and good feelings within this group

 

Before the members of the class went their separate ways that day, the teacher took scissors and snipped through the web. Each person took a piece of yarn away as a remembrance of the special words of encouragement they had heard spoken that day on their behalf. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly at all, many of them in that classroom wore cherished pieces of yarn around their wrists for days and weeks afterward.

 

Every year now, the students there ask their teacher to end the term with the Web of Love. It has become an annual tradition in their high school. This just goes to illustrate how much encouragement and positive feedback mean to most of us.

 

But why wait? We can all easily find multiple opportunities to affirm others throughout the day. Few people grow weary of hearing sincere appreciation and praise. And each time you give it to someone you help to create an invisible web of love that can last a lifetime.

 

Consider the following words by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel.” We can all probably be a little more generous in helping others feel good or at least better.

 

I close with these excerpts from “Don't Wait Until I Am Gone” by Jennifer Fernandes:

 

Treat me with love, dignity, respect and compassion
Now as I am healthy, vibrant and alive.
Don't wait to hear that I am sick and dying 
To love me the way I was meant to be loved.
Bring me flowers and candy on any day just because.
Tell me I am beautiful. See my beauty in my body and soul.
Don't wait to see that I am disfigured and then tell me that I

am beautiful because you think that is what I want to hear.
Talk to me lovingly now so I can hear your beautiful voice
And listen to the ringing of your laughter.      

Love me now... As your sister, your brother, your husband,

your wife,  your niece, your nephew, your daughter, your son…

Don't wait until it is too late! Don't wait until I am gone...

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, March, 2018

posted Feb 27, 2018, 9:19 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 9:20 AM ]

Time For Moving Fences

 

On Ash Wednesday this year while Anne spent her half hour's time in the church sanctuary for the Prayer Vigil, I was waiting in the upper narthex paging through an Upper Room devotional booklet and other devotional materials. Included in the table of contents page of “Evergreen Things” by Harold E. Kohn were various topics such as “Too Busy,” “Spare Us from Suffocation,” “What Is Worship?,” and another one that caught my interest in particular titled “Have You Moved Any Fences Lately?”

The item referencing “Moving Fences” includes this story from World War One telling about three soldiers of Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant faiths marching along together toward the scene of a furious battle. Just as they were about to reach the front line, a live shell suddenly exploded near the Protestant who was killed instantly. At the conclusion of the battle the dead soldier's two companions, having been granted permission from their commanding officer, went to a nearby Catholic parish house to ask the priest if he would consent to bury their Protestant buddy. The kindly priest agreed to perform religious rites over their friend's body, but he explained that the body could not be buried in the parish cemetery, because the graveyard was reserved exclusively for Catholics. However, the priest offered to bury their deceased comrade near the cemetery fence, so that he would be as near as possible to sacred soil.

After the brief burial service was over, the two soldiers immediately returned to their unit and became engaged in another battle. When that fight subsided, the soldier  received a few days furlough. The two surviving buddies then returned to the parish house, and asked the priest if they might see the final resting place of their Protestant friend. The priest then took them to the cemetery and to their astonishment took them inside the fence where he showed them the burial plot of their departed friend. This must be a mistake the two soldiers protested. This can not possibly be the right gravesite. They had seen for themselves the body buried outside the fence.

At that the priest smiled and gently said, “There is no mistake here I assure you. This is indeed your young friend's grave. And it is exactly where he was buried on the day of his death. You see I was not permitted to move the boy's body; but I could move the fence!”

Harold Kohn, the author of this devotional, says that just as the burning sun does not shine for the sake of a few choice flowers, and the rains do not fall to favor only the gardens of the righteous, but rather both pour out their good influences on the whole realm of growing things, likewise the spiritually mature person does not narrowly pick and choose for whom he will care. Kohn goes on to cite the words of poet, Edwin Markham, who wrote the following words in regards to inclusiveness:

 

“He drew a circle that shuts me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.”

 

Let this Lenten Season be a time for spiritual growth and soul-stretching in the matter of fence moving so that more and more people and needs are included within much broader and wider boundaries of our compassionate concern and loving care.

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, February, 2018

posted Feb 1, 2018, 2:18 PM by Lois Kerchner

Another Lenten Season Will Soon Be Here

 

The Christian liturgical calendar is organized around two major spheres of Sacred Time: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, and then Lent, Holy Week and Easter, concluding with Pentecost following the “Great 50 Days.” The rest of the church year is known as Ordinary Time from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time.

This year with the observance of Ash Wednesday occurring on February 14, we move into the second major block of “Sacred Time” which begins with the Lenten Season. Once again in 2018, we will be having a 12 hour prayer vigil here at Leola UM Church as we prepare to observe the Lenten Season. This time of prayer and devotion will be divided into half hour blocks, and individuals will have the opportunity to sign up in advance to come to our church throughout that day for prayer and meditation. You are free, of course, to pray on your own at any time or any place throughout this day or any day. However, everyone is encouraged, on this day in particular, to participate in this combined vigil somewhere between 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM here at the LUMC sanctuary prior to the 7PM worship service on Ash Wednesday evening. Will you join me and others in this special observance of our spiritual journey together?

 

For the opening devotional time at the beginning of our most recent Church Council Meeting on January 10, I turned to a volume entitled “Reflections.” The author is Harold E. Kohn, who uses his interest in the natural order to come up with moral, psychological and theological insights. Kohn says in introducing the 49 meditations in this particular book that, “The speeding moments carry away our every-day observations of life and its meanings unless somehow our reflections are planted and rooted in today's notations and memoranda. Here are some seed-thoughts I have planted with the hope that someone, somewhere, someday may be nourished on whatever good they may produce, under the blessing of Him who gives the increase.”

 

Reflection #2 out of forty-nine is entitled “A Report on Sirius.” Sirius is the brightest star in the Earth's night sky and is gradually moving closer to the Solar System. After 60,000 years its distance will start to increase, meaning it will become fainter, but Sirius will still to be the brightest star in the sky for the next 210,000 years.

 

Kohn observes that if “Sirius and its neighbors are at a distance that stuns our imagination, of a magnitude that stuns our understanding, and if they represent a creative power that dwarfs our own, they not only mock our relative smallness, but they proclaim God's greatness.” He goes on to observe that while this reminds us of our human weakness it also points to God's might and majesty.

 

Now that I've been reminded that there are a sizable number of Kohn's books at home on our bookshelf (actually 5 hardbacks and 5 paperbacks), which for the most part I'll admit are just collecting dust, I'm thinking it might be helpful to include some of these volumes in the collection of resources and materials that will be available on February 14, this year for the 2018 Lenten Prayer Vigil. Hope you can join us that day.

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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