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Sun in the morning

Pastoral Messages | June 21, 2017

When I was a senior in high school, I was part of the production of our school’s musical—Annie Get Your Gun. It’s a somewhat-whimsical story of the fictional sharpshooter Annie Oakley, taking place in the Wild West.

I played flute in the pit orchestra where we’d sit quietly during rehearsals listening to Annie or Buffalo Bill, waiting patiently for the next song to come along and our chance to chime in.

One evening, just a few weeks from opening night, the cast and orchestra seemed to be struggling a bit with coordinating our cues. Perhaps we were playing a little too quickly, or Annie was just a little late on her entry. But I’m certain we played the same piece no less than 20 times that night.

The song involved Annie singing about gratitude, her ode to a life of simplicity and being grateful for the simplest of gifts—even in the midst of hardships. Sometimes I swear I can still hear the chorus in my sleep: “I got the sun in the morning and moon at night.”

“Got no mansion, got no yacht, still I’m happy with what I’ve got… I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night. Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks… I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.”

Listen to the song here.

We eventually got our timing perfected and the show, of course, received critical acclaim from the high school newspaper. And though I can’t remember most of the dialogue from the musical, that refrain is forever etched in my memory.

Maybe it’s a catchy tune. It was a fun song to play. Or maybe there’s something about the repeated rehearsal of those specific words that somehow made their way into the deep recesses of my brain. On many occasions when I’m becoming a bit grouchy about my personal circumstances, this chorus somehow pops up. When I start to get frustrated that things aren’t quite going my way or that life is just down right hard…I find myself thinking quietly, “Yes… but I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night and I’m alright.”

Some days, I’m quite glad that, of all songs, this is the one we played over and over and over again. There’s a gift to rehearsing gratitude. The more we practice it, the more it becomes a natural response to any particular situation. After all, scripture talks of being grateful in all circumstances and giving thanks at all times.

I’m convinced that words inform our thoughts which guide our beliefs and actions. So why not fill our minds with words of gratitude and joy? If you want, start with these: “I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.”

Katy Warren, associate pastor

9 Comments on “Sun in the morning”

  • Stella Herzig

    June 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Love it!!! 🙏

  • Barbara Kuttler

    June 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I think I need to adopt this as a signature tune for my time at Guantánamo Bay… thank you, once again, Pastor Katy…

  • David DeWit

    June 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Sadly, the only song I remember from that show is “Anything you can do,I can do better.” Your song is much more helpful. Thanks, Katie.

  • Heidi Watkuns

    June 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Reminds me of a sermon I heard many years ago. The gist of it was to keep looking out the east window where the sun always rises, not out the west window where the sun always sets.
    And, as my Dad always taught me, HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, BABY!!!
    Great job, Katy!

  • Jan Aplin

    June 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I’m grateful that our paths crossed and for your many ministry gifts. And I’m sure I’ll be quite thankful tonight when I close my eyes and I can’t get that song out of my head!

  • Babs Treiber

    June 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Very good, Katy. Great message, I love the song, and such fun catching a glimpse of you back in High School !!

  • Jean Quam

    June 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I’d say these days, you are “doing what comes naturally”….you are a good writer

  • Kathy Bucciferro

    June 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Good reminder – to practice gratitude and be mindful of opportunities to share and express our thanks. Thanks Katy !!

  • Bonnie Fox

    June 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Ethel Merman on the You Tube? Great message, Pastor Katy!

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Isaiah 53:4-12

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,

And our sorrows He carried;

Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him.

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not open His mouth;

Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And as for His generation, who considered

That He was cut off out of the land of the living

For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9His grave was assigned with wicked men,

Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10But the LORD was pleased

To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

He will see His offspring,

He will prolong His days,

And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the anguish of His soul,

He will see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify the many,

As He will bear their iniquities.

12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,

And He will divide the booty with the strong;

Because He poured out Himself to death,

And was numbered with the transgressors;

Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,

And interceded for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9For you have made the LORD, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16“With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

Hebrews 5:1-10

The Perfect High Priest

1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;2he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;3and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.4And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,

“YOU ARE MY SON,

TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;

6just as He says also in another passage,

“YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER

ACCORDING TOTHE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45

35James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”39They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40“But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.42Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.43“But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;44and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.45“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bartimaeus Receives His Sight