Mark's Memos

THE FRAGRANCE OF TIME

August 19, 2018

In Korea, rope soaked in a flam­mable substance was burned as a fire clock; so much rope burned for so much time.

In both China and Japan, weights were tied to long wicks or fuses; as the strings burned, the weights fell off, signaling the passage of time. (an example is above)

Chinese joss sticks have been (and are still) broken up into parts and burned in a certain order; each part burned meant a certain time span had passed.

Japanese geisha houses burned senko, or what people call "flower girl incense sticks," as timers.

 

More than five hundred years ago, in fourteenth ­century China, carved incense burners looked more like mazes than clocks.  Incense with various aromas was placed in maze-like grooves and lighted; as it burned, different scents were released into the air, telling anyone with a nose for time of the hour.

The scripture lesson for this Sunday comes to us from the 5th chapter of the book of Ephesians.  Paul is advising this young church on using and valuing time.  I hope you will make time to join with me this Sunday as we explore those words of Paul and how they are applicable to our lives today when it seems we have less and less time.

 

Grace & Peace,

Mark

Christ with Children by Christopher Santer

CHILDREN OF A LIVING GOD

August 12, 2018

 When parents sit down with a child and say, "Make something out of yourself," the parents imply that the child is not worth much in the child’s present state.  Another way is to sit the child down and tell the child they believe in the child, that they love the child, that they have high hopes for the child, and that they know the child is capable of the best.

This second way seems to be more inline with the text I will preaching from this week found in Ephesians 4:25-5:2.  I will explore the importance God places upon each of us being ourselves, children of God.  I hope you will join with me this week as we discover again the wonderful gift God has give to us if we only trust Him enough to be ourselves.

See Sunday as the family of God gathers here to worship!

 

Grace & Peace,

Mark

Rev. Mark Jardine is the Senior Pastor at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Born and raised in Bartlesville, he is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and hold his Master in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology of Emory University.
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