Happening Now Blog

Friday, August 8, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

With the prospect of a leadership transition for SOV on the horizon, our Scripture lessons for this coming Sunday take on special significance.  As we seek God's presence and guidance, we need to remember that God is  most present where we least expect to find God.  God does not conform to our human expectations!  Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence (I Kings 19:9-18).  When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear.  Jesus speaks to them:  "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid" (Matthew 14:22-33).  Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears.  In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God's presence to others.

Prayer of the Day

O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid.  Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements:

·Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, August 6th and 13th:  This summer we are taking 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.