How to Get to Heaven

I am posting today’s video not to impress anyone with my teaching at the nursing home but to impress on anyone willing to go; how simple it is to share the hope of Christ in a few minutes. Jesus gave us a great commission but at nursing home it needs to be short and to the point! Please be patient with the quality of the recording as it was done by one of our recreational aides who volunteered at the last minute to run the camera.

This is a ministry that anyone who is willing can do. Your willingness to press on through difficulties, sometimes frustrating slowness in seeing responses and the sorrow of unexpected farewells can lead to a rich harvest for Jesus Christ. We are now approaching our 24th year in ministry at Allied Skilled nursing home. There are three services each week in the various wards reaching between 70 -80 residents each week. It is all volunteer. I am deeply grateful to the staff who willingly and eagerly encourage people to come each week. I am also thankful for our dedicated group of youth volunteers who help put together a special program at Easter, Christmas and during their Summer Vacation. May God inspire you to realize that you can do this too. The harvest really is ripe and God is calling each of us to labor in the vineyard where He has called us. For more detailed questions please feel free to contact me at revpete51@gmail.com or browse our Youtube archives. You will find help in putting together holiday programs, encouraging singing and serving communion among many other short videos. God bless as you do you best for Him!  If you say yes to God’s call to nursing home ministry then I  ask you what Jesus once asked me, “Would you do it for one?”

 

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Grace Will Lead …

In John Newton’s hymn I have probably sung 1000 times the line “Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far “. But I don’t think I’ve ever slowed down long enough to consider what follows, “and grace will lead me home.”

Facing fears and worry over what will happen if we turn to the left or right it is easy to get the focus on ourselves and not God. We do not serve an impossible to please boss. We are not in relationship with an unreasonable Father. We are not called to just figure out how to follow Jesus. No! We serve a risen Savior who is at the right hand of the throne interceding for us. His office is always open. He is ready with all the grace we can ever need or even imagine. He stands ready as the Good Shepherd to guide, protect, provide and yes even rescue us when we wander! Then He will put us on His shoulders and safely lead us home!

The Old Rugged Cross

This live recording was done during our church service this past Wednesday at Allied Nursing home. The Old Rugged Cross is being sung by special request from a lady whose Mom had recently passed away at our facility. Because of Hipaa rules we couldn’t show the faces of any of the residents but you can hear them as they sometimes they join in the singing.

If you are doing music ministry at a nursing home I would encourage you to make eye contact and be as close as you can to your people. The purpose of our music is not so much to entertain as to draw out people into joining in worship with hymns such as The Old Rugged Cross. For more information on nursing home ministry please feel free to contact me by e-mail at revpete51@gmail.com. There are many training and inspirational videos available at the Youtube channel Pastorpete51 and some books and training manuals for a minimal cost on Amazon. Have a blessed week and thank you for taking time out of your day to listen!

 

Hope of Pardon

We were driving through Brooklyn looking for the way over to Manhattan. My step father hated asking for directions so with my mother’s help he headed towards the Empire state building which we could see clearly above the small buildings around us. The only problem was that we finally ran out of roads at the East river because he had not counted on having to cross the bridge! We shouldn’t laugh too much at him though because in the same way we are all trying to get to heaven but forget that there is a bridge to carry us over and only one: our Lord Jesus Christ!

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all Isaiah 53:6 ESV