Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Jesus Walks

This multi media piece, "Jesus Walks" was created in 2009 using watercolors, ink, and paper cuttings. For more information on this piece, contact me at

Jesus Walks

I remember these words from a song almost a lifetime ago,
"...and he walks with me."
He did, and does and will - walk with me on this journey.

"...and he talks with me."
In sitting with lunch with a close friend, in the uninhibited smile of a little child, in the moment I feel like throwing in the towel and don't because somewhere, somehow there he is and there is hope.

"...and he tells me I am his own."
Even when I fail, even when I'm not sure who I am or where I'm to go next -
I am my beloved's and he is mine...
and he,
walks with me.

T.L. Eastman 2011

Youth Convo and Synod Assembly 2011

The totes packed, there is a Walmart run to do, and some laundry to wash before I hit the road; but Ladies and Gentlemen never's Convo time again!

In the next few days, many folks from the ELCA will be traveling to Rochester NY for the 2011 Upstate NY Synod Assembly.
As we gather together, face-to-face and some following online; please pray for God's leading, direction and
blessing for this time. Participate in this prayer each day of the Assembly -
for when we pray together we are authentic community....

Wednesday June 1st: God I pray a blessing and energy to the individuals working to assemble the pieces of Convo, YA'll and the Assembly 2011.
Thursday June 2nd: God I pray for traveling merices for those on their way to Rochester, those preparing for the youth attending Convo and for their time of training and fellowship.
Friday June 3rd: God I pray for all the youth and young adults on their way to Rochester for CONVO and Ya'll.
May this Convo be a true time of "Putting feet on our faith".
Saturday June 4th: God I pray for all the last minute preparations, work and effort into the Assembly.Give strength and hope and joy in this day.
Sunday June 5th: God I pray for safety for travelers, encouragement upon seeing dear friends, and for
your wisdom as voting members assemble this day.
Monday June 6th: God, give excitement to the hearts of many as they hear of all the ways to serve you in the world.
May that excitement for ministy and mission be carried all throughout our Synod and beyond.
Tuesday June 7th: God, thank you for this time of thoughful listening, building of faith, time to pause and listen to
You and to our brothers and sisters. Give us passion for your calling, your leading, and for your mission of grace,love and restoration in our communities. Bless us as we travel home - be our shepherd wherever we travel.


Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.
1 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c]

5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their[g] feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Follow the 2011 Synod Assembly Online

If you aren't able to be at the Synod Assembly, you can follow "Empowered To Serve" from your computer or mobile device. Our three-day Assembly Sunday, Monday and Tuesday features keynote speaker Peter Vogelaar (Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees), Rev. Dan Rift (Churchwide Representative), workshops, Servant Ministry Moments, Bishop Jerge's report and more.

Watch our live video stream.