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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the Old Testament lesson for this coming Sunday (Deuteronomy 18:15-20), God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God.  Similarly, in our gospel lesson (Mark 1:21-28) we read of people sensing God's authority in Jesus' words and actions.  But you and I know that God's authority is not confined to the pages of the Bible, for we encounter that authority whenever we gather for worship in Word and Sacrament.  God's Word trumps any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

Prayer of the Day

Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.  Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The congregation has now met the pastoral candidate, so what happens next?

The procedure and time table for this process going forward is set forth by the Constitution and By Laws of SOV. 

The SOV Call Committee has selected a Pastor to be recommended and the following dates have been set:

2/1/09    Presentation of the recommended Pastor to the SOV Executive Council along with the proposed written pay pakage.

2/5/09    Meeting with entire SOV Council for their vote and recommendation of hiring Pastor and pay package.

2/9/09    Written notice to be mailed to congregation of special meeting, for vote of hiring Pastor, with date of meeting 2/22/09.

2/22/09   Vote of Congregation.

Prayer Requests:

·        Pastoral candidate Randy Schutt, as he discerns God's call