Just Thinking... What Is Good Worship?

Dana Everhart


Allow me to bring us back to the topic of "What is good worship?"  I am enjoying my Doctoral studies this semester as we look at the models of worship, their history, and their current makeup. I am the most blessed in our DMin Cohort, because I am privileged to move from church to church each Sunday, to see a variety of worship models, and to "experience" the time of worship with many different people of God.  I have seen each model that Dr. Philips has taught us in these past few weeks. I ...

Just Thinking... and Celebrating Black History Month

Dana Everhart


February is Black History Month, and I hope you will take the time to reflect on the power and influence of our black sisters and brothers which they have imparted to us as a nation but also to us as The United Methodist Church.  Do you recognize the names of Henry McNeil Turner, Lucius Holsey, or Donald Hollowell? Bishops, pastors, and attorneys that help Methodism in the state of Georiga to bloom and grow, but in their early days, they were simply men who had a passion for Christ and His ...

Just Thinking... about Mental Health Month

Dana Everhart


I have enough trouble keeping up with my wedding anniversary that I cannot not remember other dates like Mental Health Month. Forgive me if I am bringing the topic up early, but my spirit is guiding me to share my thoughts on mental health. Yes, we all need good mental health. It is far easier to state that than it is to achieve a healthy mind and spirit. I realize that, as a pastor, I cannot heal myself, because for one I don't have the advanced training that a mind like mine needs. Secondly, ...

Just Thinking... The Power of Prayer for General Conference

Dana Everhart


Love/Unity - Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying the truth so that our love for each other will be sincere, deep and from the heart. May our love for one another prove that we are Your disciples. Give us a spirit of unity so that we may glorify You with one heart and voice. Help us accept one another as we clothe ourselves in love. [1 Pet. 1:22; Jn. 13:34-35; Ro. 15:5-7; Col. 3:14] (from Life Giving Prayers for Your Church) Prayer is as ...

Just Thinking... and Asking "What is Good Worship?"

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... This week Dr. Ed Phillips asked my DMin cohort to consider a question for discussion. He asked us, "What is good worship?" Well, that truly is a loaded question. In a day where worship wars abound and where everyone has an opinion about what good worship looks and sounds like, the question is as subjective as questions get at first look. I attempted to answer the question within the 500-word limit, but even now I struggle with my response, because worship requires more than ...

Just Thinking... New Beginnings and New Attitudes

Dana Everhart


I had a fantastic week! I was kind of dreading it, if I am to be honest with you. After all I had not been in a true classroom setting with the likes of a professor such as Luther Smith in over 30 years. There were three books to read and two papers to write before December 31,  2015. There were lectures from 9 to 5 each day and  four papers to write, one a night. Plus a meeting with my project advisor to hear yes or no.  One lesson learned was that if God has opened this door, then there is ...

Just Thinking... and Praying for the New Year

Dana Everhart


Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name You're rich in love And You're slow to anger Your name is great And Your heart is kind For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons For my heart to find Bless the Lord oh my soul Oh my soul Worship His Holy name Sing like never before Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name Bless You Lord And on that day When my strength is failing The end draws near And my time has come Still my soul will Sing Your praise unending Ten thousand years ...

Just Thinking.... An Advent Prayer for you

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... A prayer for Advent from our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers: Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will so I can...

Just Thinking... Prepping for Christmas versus Adventing

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Why does it seem to take more energy to decorate and prepare the house for Advent and Christmas? Yes, I'm 55, and having to carry the tubs up from the basement storage takes a bit more effort. Yes, there is only me now to do this lifting and toting since we are empty nesters. Yes, the rush is not there, because it is only Sally and I who get to see the finished, decorated space. Yes, it is difficult to get in the "spirit" when your "work" doesn't seem to lend itself to the ...

Just Thinking... Heading into Advent

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ... Advent is here, and the rush to the manger begins. As you personally move toward the manger and the Christ Child are you strolling, power-walking, jogging, or running? I find it interesting that, for me, there are four ways to reach the manger, like the four candles of the Advent Wreath. Strolling - We begin by strolling,  not fully believing it is that time again. We see the decorations and enjoy the first hints of the season. We move down the path taking in all the sights, ...

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