Touché September 11, 2015
Posted on September 11, 2015 by under Touché,


Touched By Odyssey

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

I hear it from every van driver and HRC member who heads out to Odyssey: “If you want to experience the presence of God, spend some time there.”  Construction workers come back crying and pure joy that is present every time I am at Odyssey.

This week Odyssey, Foundations, Gatherings and Recharge will all be together in one place- the East Fishkill Rec pavilion (for directions follow this link). .  The Pure Joy Band will be leading worship with Odyssey worship leaders Wayne and Lynn Morrison leading the band.  We will rejoice and be glad.  We cannot all fit together under one roof so we will let the heavens be our roof and our praise be our pavilion.  It will be a great day.

Odyssey is the fastest growing worship service in the Classis of Mid-Hudson.  If it were a church by itself, it would be one of the largest worshiping churches in our whole synod.  It has been amazing to see the miracle of what God has done there.  I see the miracle of Odyssey in the Sermon on the Mount.  “Happy are those who know they need God’s help because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”  The Kingdom of Heaven comes very close in Odyssey and it comes from the simple humble hearts that are open to God and to each other.  In a world of power and might it is hard for all of us to admit our “special need” for God.

Henri Nouwen, who gave up a position at Yale to work with a young man with a special needs man named Adam at the Daybreak community writes of what he learned from Adam:

“Keep your eyes on the one who refuses to turn stones into bread, jump from great heights or rule with great temporal power; the one who says, “Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; blessed are the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness” …Keep your eyes on the one who is poor with the poor, weak with the weak, and who is rejected with the rejected. He is the source of all peace.

(From World Vision magazine)

This week we look at the first beatitude, the blessings of Jesus. We see a world turned upside down: those who hold onto their egos, pride and preferences find themselves frustrated; those who are open to God’s working in them in humility find themselves blessed.

You will be blessed this week by what happens at East Fishkill Rec.  Please make sure not to miss it.  Bring a lawn chair to sit on and a salad or desert to share. The kingdom of heaven is near.

Yours in Weakness,