Jesus for daytime televison?

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Go into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Matthew 22:9

Last Thursday on Fox 8, Natalie Herbick, the delightful but power tool challenged host of New Day Cleveland, asked me about my incentive for creating a new weekly television show called Power2ools: 2 minute tools for life! My response was to note that, in part, Christians are called to go beyond the walls of the church and into the world with the good news just as Jesus crossed borders and boundaries to reach those most in need. The majority of Jesus’ ministry, I reminded Natalie and her 25,000 or so viewers, extended well past the boundaries of even organized religion to reach some of the most vulnerable of his day. In other words, Power2ools, for me, is an opportunity to take God’s word of hope, guidance and even invitation to people who regularly wouldn’t hear it.

Herbick Giuliano

How often does a preacher get to appear in an interview on secular daytime television and talk about Jesus and his boundary crossing love.

And just in case you think I’m making this stuff up, let me tell you, there’s very good biblical basis to support our evangelical commission. Not only did Jesus live it, he taught it. His parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew’s Gospel, for example, describes the kingdom of heaven like a king who commissions his servants to go out to the “main streets” to deliver an invitation to the great wedding feast. The servants are wonderfully indiscriminate with their invitation, not judgmental in the least, and fill the hall with guests “both good and bad” (Matthew 22:10). In this parable, Jesus’ followers (read, the church) are the servants and the lost and lonely, sinners and saints of the world are the guests (read, those who don’t know about our God of amazing grace).

And most importantly, before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave an imperative to the church: “Go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). It doesn’t get much clearer than that! 

Sometimes going into the world with good news can even mean creating a 2 minute television show that offers tools for life. And besides, in this secularized day and age, how often does a preacher get to appear in an interview on daytime television and talk about Jesus and his boundary crossing love. What joy!

Dr. Mark Giuliano, The Old Stone Church
Cleveland, Ohio

Power2ools videos can be viewed and shared at http://www.Power2ools.com

World Communion Prayer

God of bread and wine, of grace and mercy: you set a large and abundant table for us today in the heart of our city. Gather us, we pray, from our many different places:

We come from our homes in suburbs to the east and west and south; from apartments and condos in the neighborhoods on the lakeshore, uptown and downtown, from city shelters and makeshift hideouts in parks and under bridges. We are newcomers and long-timers. Yet, here, we are one at a table big enough for all.

Today is World Communion Sunday. We break bread with Christians around the world:

We praise you, O God, for your global Spirit which tethers your local people with sisters and brothers, children and grown-ups in everyplace. We remember those who are hungry, lonely and most vulnerable throughout the world. We give you thanks for your grace which finds us and binds us together at a table large enough for the entire world. Makes us one, we pray, in the magnificent mosaic of your mercy, in the unconditional wrap of your grace, and in the overwhelming truth of your eternal love. In your Holy Name we pray; Amen.

R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church
(First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland)

 

 

 

Ring the bells!

Posted: September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

- Leonard Cohen

One week today! The first Power2ools video, The Power of Patience, will be aired. Save the date, it launches on Fox 8’s New Day Cleveland and on-line October 2nd at 10am! I can hardly wait!

Patience

 

 

Do you have 2 minutes? Why not?

Posted: September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Need some motivation or guidance to help you through the week? Give us 2 minutes and we’ll give you tools for life! Thursday mornings during New Day Cleveland and on-line, always, Power2ools will inspire, guide and motivate you with entertaining and often humorous episodes on subjects such as The Power of Patience, The Power of an Increment and The Power of Perseverance.

Power2ools: 2minute tools for life premieres October 2nd during New Day Cleveland (Fox 8) and on-line at Power2ools.com (website launches October 1st). Please join us on http://www.Facebook.com/Power2ools and Twitter @Power2ools for lots of fun stuff and conversation about the important things that really matter to us.

I know a guy who knows a guy . . .

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

If God was Italian. Had a lot of fun preaching this message on Moses last Sunday.

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I can hardly believe that it was six years ago that I was installed as the 12th Senior Pastor of the historic (1820) and renown Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, Ohio) and the congregation and I began a shared ministry of Loving Christ and Serving city: spiritually, socially and culturally. It was and continues to be an honor for me to serve God in and through this great and living Cleveland institution and to pastor alongside such a faithful, diverse and welcoming community of believers and leaders.

Old Stone Church installation service

Dr. Mark Giuliano was installed as the 12th Senior Pastor to the Old Stone Church in September 2008.

I can’t say that the last six years has always been a walk in the park – for myself or the congregation! After all, there’s almost 200 years of congregational culture challenging our (my) vision of God’s call to be the church of the new and the now. And like any great relationship, we have experienced our fair share of the stress and strain of ideas, passions, beliefs and differing ways of doing things.

I do believe, however, that we’ve been faithful in the heavy-lifting of these early years of our ministry together. We’ve built a trust through our living and dying and healing and loving together, in our serving and risk taking, our succeeding and our failing. I also believe that it is on the rock of that trust that we are now ready to step-up and make bold decisions reflective of the spirit of our courageous foremothers and forefathers – that great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and the spirit of Jesus, the perfecter of our faith!

To wish me well on this sixth anniversary, my friend and long-standing member of the congregation, John, left me a phone message at my office the other day. He told me that I wasn’t just the Old Stone Church’s pastor anymore, I was also loved. I was so moved by his gracious words that I called Beth down from her office so that together we could soak-up his gracious words. Thank you, John. Thank you, Old Stone Church. I love you, too!

Inhale grace; exhale love,
- RMG

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2