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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
It's an exciting time in the life of Shepherd of the Valley!  In the next two weeks, you will have an opportunity to meet two pastoral candidates who are being considered for the call to serve here at SOV.  On each of the next two Sunday evenings, one candidate will lead devotions and engage in conversation with you, the members of Shepherd of the Valley.  This is an important step in the process of discerning whether either of these pastors is the right fit for the congregation.  I hope that you will be able to attend these gatherings and share your impressions with your Call Committee.  Please remember to hold the Call Committee members, the candidates, and the whole congregation in prayer.  The members of the Call Committee are:  Arden Tarum, chair; Daniel Carlson; Valsala George; Joe Hoffbeck; Connie McFall; Linda Rasmussen; Lee Bonacker (alternate); Dick Kuykendall (alternate).
 
Meet the Pastoral Candidates!
 
When:  Sunday, July 27 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 3 at 7 pm
Where:  Shepherd of the Valley
Format:  Devotions followed by an informal fellowship time
 
Looking ahead to this Sunday's worship….
 
In baptism God promises that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:26-39).  As Solomon prays for wisdom, so we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith, ancient yet ever new (I Kings 3:5-12).  In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus offers images from everyday life that reveal to us the reign of God.  It is like a tree that becomes a safe and sheltering home, like yeast that penetrates and expands, like a treasured pearl, like a net that gains a great catch (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52).  Even as we seek the riches of God's reign, the great surprise is that God's grace finds us first!
 
Prayer of the Day
 
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy.  By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
 
Other announcements
 
· Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 23rd through August 13th:  This summer we will take a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet this week at the home of Neil and Dolores Austin.
 
Prayer concerns
 
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.
 
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.