Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but ....members of the household of God."  Ephesians 2:20

Friday morning was surrealistic.  The whole night had been like some sort of odd dream.  Before even trying to sleep the news told of the massive earth quake in Japan, and soon of the tsunami headed for the west coast of the United States.  It got my attention, being in Canon Beach at the time.  Then there were the fire trucks making announcements via loudspeakers starting at 2:30am, a call from the front desk at 4:00am.  Then sitting there, up the hill a ways, with many others on Highway 101 from 6:00am on.  Waiting, wondering, there was plenty of time to think.

We were merely inconvenienced.  A sleepless night.  Pack and unpacking.  But most importantly what was going on elsewhere.  A catastrophe reaching across an ocean.  A reminder anew that the suffering of another is really our suffering as well.  

Watching report after report now.  Tears filling my eyes as the reality of the magnitude of the suffering settles in, and how personal it is on a such overwhelming scale.  Lord, may we not forget that we are all part of the "household of God".

In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy

"O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope.  Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance.  Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.  We ask in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen."

If you would like to donate to the Japan Disaster Relief, more information is available at blogs.elca.org or www.elca.org.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  5:30 pm Lenten Midweek Soup Supper
                    6:30 pm Lenten Midweek Vespers Service
                    7:00 pm  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday       7:00 pm Council Meeting

Saturday April 2 or April 30,  9:00 - 3:00
CPR/AED Training Certification, please sign up in the Narthex or email Tammy if you wish to be added to the list. $35.00 per person.