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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
This coming Sunday we continue our celebration of the fifty days of Easter.  As baptized followers of the Risen Lord, you and I have been commissioned to share God's love for the world by proclaiming the One who called us out of darkness into light.  Amazingly, by the power of God, our human words and deeds bear witness to the risen Christ, bringing his light into the world.  One of the ways we share the light of Christ is by using wisely the gifts God has given us.  This is called "stewardship," a word that is translated from the original Greek of the New Testament "oikonomia" ("economy").  In biblical terms, being a good steward means taking care of God's household (i.e., the whole world), which God has entrusted to our care during our lifetime.  Wow!  What an awesome responsibility—a responsibility we can only fulfill by the help of God.
 
Recently, I became aware of a study in which researchers determined that people who spend part of their money on others are happier than those who spend it all on themselves.  This fits in with God's plan for our lives:  God calls us to give of ourselves, so that ALL may have life and have it abundantly.  This is the theme of our worship this Sunday.  Come celebrate and reflect on all that God has given you, and then ask God to help you grow in your response to God's generosity.  I guarantee you won't regret it!
 
Prayer of the Day
 
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
 
Congregational Announcements
  • Pastor John Cross from Kairos will be our guest preacher and worship leader at worship on April 20th, as we focus on our stewardship of God's gifts.  (Note:  Pastor Michelle will be the guest preacher at St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran Church this Sunday, another church that is in the call process.  The folks at St. Paul have never experienced a woman in the pulpit before, and they have some questions about women in ordained ministry, so Interim Pastor Wally Gustav invited Pastor Michelle to come and give them a glimpse of what it might be like to have a woman pastor! Thanks to the people of SOV for sharing Pastor Michelle with the wider church!  J)
  • Warm up your voices and put on your dancing shoes!  It's time for SOV's Variety Show:  Sunday, April 27th at 6 pm.