Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
This morning Hazel and Jude had a little dance party with their aunt and uncle before they left to go back home. Watch here.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Hazel and Jude are quite beside themselves lately. They have recently transitioned to formula and it is not going well at all (especially for Hazel). They are not eating nearly as much and are in obvious discomfort (so much so that Hazel doesn't even want solids anymore). We keep trying new kinds and are praying that we find the right match for each of them soon. Their teething also seems to be bad again. They've been teething for months and still have nothing to show for it! On top of the physical pain they're experiencing, we're sure they can sense the chaos around here. Please pray that they handle the lengthy car rides each day well, that they are able to tolerate formula so that they start eating more and are not in pain, and that they start sleeping better (Hazel has been up crying multiple times the past few nights).
We are very excited to get moved, settled, and start this new phase of life and are so thankful for the continued prayers of so many as we try and survive this period of major transition.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Here is a picture of me taking my ordination vows yesterday, standing before a commission composed of ministers and elders from San Marino Community Church and other congregations in our presbytery. I was so thankful to have Heidi, Jude, and Hazel there with me--the first time we have all been in church together. And I was also happy to celebrate my call in the midst of the saints at San Marino who have nurtured us these past five years.
a. Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
b. Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?
c. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?
d. Will you fulfill your office in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?
e. Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?
f. Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?
g. Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?
h. Will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?
i. Will you be a faithful minister, proclaiming the good news in Word and Sacrament, teaching faith and caring for people? Will you be active in government and discipline, serving in the governing bodies of the church; and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?
I answered them all in the affirmative.