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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

Primarily a reminder today, and an invitation, to the meal we share this coming Sunday evening.  It is a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the gift present in the life of the community of faith known as Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. That is Sunday, April 29th at 5:30pm.  (If you cannot be here please remember the time in your thoughts and prayers.)

Thanks to all the folks who gave in many ways to enrich our lives of faith.  Thanks and farewell (though I trust we will see you around) to Kevin Cope for his ministry, which in truth will remain with us in many ways.

With that in mind allow me to share quotes church historian Martin Marty used when ceasing publication of Context (which I subscribed to for some 28 years).These quotes are not meant to be somber so just bask in the beauty of the wishes offered.  First from Henri Fredric Amiel (a 19th century philosopher), "Life is short and we have not much time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us.  Oh, be swift to love!  Make haste to be kind!"  And also from Cardinal John Henry Newman, "May He support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last."  Amen.

Rejoice in the gifts,
Pastor Randy

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                      7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Sunday          5:30 p Celebration Sunday
                      A-L  suggested food item; salad
                      M-Z suggested food item; main dish
                     (dessert and beverages provided)
*Donations are still be accepted for a farewell gift for Kevin

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow..." from "The Doxology"

The end of a long day with some time to think and that thinking finding some expression in these words.

Thinking of the imminent departure of Kevin, who has provided much amazing music for the SOV family.  Praise God for the gift Kevin has been here. Praise God for the fact that he will be missed.  That is much more blessed than the alternative.

Thinking too of some beauty seen in the last few days.  Seeing the white petals of the cherry tree seemingly glowing in the early morning light. Taking in the verdant richness of the back yard grass.  Being surprised by a Blue-Jay just above my head.  Not a scrub jay, so common around here, but a Stellar Jay, deep rich blue, crest and all.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow indeed.

There are challenges ahead (big surprise), and we have little chance of meeting them unless we begin with, and allow ourselves to be strengthened by, those words from the Doxology.

May the blessing strengthen us for all of life ahead.
Pastor Randy

"Lord, you have called us for the purpose of being sent.  Strengthen us to go, to shine the light of Christ into the darkness, to speak truth to falsehood, to love in the midst of hatred and to live as those who belong to another.  In the power and promise of the Christ.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                      5:30 p  Worship Committee Meeting
                      7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday          Prayers for safety and spiritual renewal for the 4 HS girls and youth leaders attending the Recharge weekend at Camp Lutherwood.
                     7:30 p   OEC

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Changes happening at SOV

Dear Congregation:

A wonderful opportunity has arisen for the SOV Minister of Worship, Kevin Cope. As you may already know, Kevin is an ordained Baptist minister. He has been called to be a Pastor for a Baptist church in Carlton, OR. His first Sunday service there will be on May 20th. We all congratulate Kevin on his new congregation and wish him well. There will be a potluck at 5:30 PM on 4/29 celebrating Kevin's time with us.

SOV will be hiring a replacement for Kevin, and arrangements are being made for music during the interim. Life is full of changes, including the life of a congregation. Just as God brings a new opportunity for Kevin, a new opportunity for SOV comes as well. So let's all look forward to who the Lord brings into worship at SOV, both in the short term and the long term and enjoy a future of worship together.

Yours in Christ,

The Shepherd of the Valley Executive Committee

Thursday, April 12, 2012

You're invited...

Shepherd of the Valley invites you (men, women and children) to a

Baby Shower
for Mark and Deirdre Anderson

Saturday, April 14th
10:30 a - 12:30 p



Egg Brunch Dish
fruit, breakfast breads,
coffee, tea, punch
and dessert will be served

gifts are optional

Deirdre and Mark are registered at
Target and Amazon.com

(if you would like to contribute to a group gift please see Diane or Peggy)

**Please bring a childhood photo (unmarked) to share

RSVP is optional but appreciated for planning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." Psalm 95:1

It is favorite old, tried and true verse.  Sometimes it just seems to ring more profoundly true than others.

Brings to mind the songs offered up on Easter Sunday of course.  But there is a joyful noise at other times as well.  There was the singing in chapel this morning.  The little ones were at once disinterested and barely able to keep from leaping about as we sang.

There is much more "joyful noise" though.  The birds flitting around the back yard in the early morning, their distinctive songs warming up the day before the sun can. And long after the sun has set, the tree frogs singing to one another with seeming discordant croaks, lifting my heart yet again.  

On a particular Easter Sunday or not, may we make, and hear, a "joyful noise".

In the peace and power of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"We are a chosen people, called for the purpose of being sent.  go, therefore, to shine the light of Christ into the darkness, to speak truth to falsehood, to love in the midst of hatred and to live as those who belong to another.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a   Bible Study

Thursday     11:00 a   Evangelism Meeting
                    7:30  p   OEC

Saturday    10:30 a   Baby Shower for Deirdre and Mark

Sunday      Scrip Orders (you can bring your orders by during the week if you are unable to attend on Sunday)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

 

Good Friday Service
Friday April 6th
7:00 pm
 

Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. 

Why is Good Friday referred to as "good"? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ's death are very good! Romans 5:8; "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." First Peter 3:18 tells us, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday in which Christ's death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ suffering for our sakes, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Maundy Thursday

Please join us for Maundy Thursday Worship!

Thursday April 5th
7:00 pm

This Maundy Thursday worship time, more than anything else, emphasizes Jesus' new commandment of love. 

Jesus' servanthood is most clearly evident in the Gospel text from John 13. In John's recording Jesus gives His new commandment not only by word, but by example as well.

Jesus' example was the washing of his disciples' feet, while such a task would be difficult to accomplish for everyone present, we will respond to it in a slightly different fashion. Foot washing was very important in Jesus' time because folks, if they had footwear at all, would end up pretty grimy as they traveled from place to place. Things are different here and now, and yet we still have a need for the human contact and the reminder that we need to care for, and be responsive to, one another.

So please come for the washing of hands. Be reminded of the Lord's example and his call to follow him in living out lives of Christian servanthood to others.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...a time for every matter under heaven..." Ecclesiastes 3:1

That seems to fit just what is going on this week, except all that matters seem to come at almost the same time.  Talked about that very thing on Sunday, a Palm and Passion Sunday at the same time.  The roller coaster that is Holy Week.  Filled with promise and sorrow, challenge and hope.

So it can be from day to day.  This day was like that.  Time with the young ones from KOK.  We talked of meals, the Lord's Supper, Eucharist (to more than one child that sounded a lot like yogurt, so off we went).  We sang and grinned.  There was a call from an old friend who has a brother suddenly diagnosed with a serious heart problem.  Two folks who fell, with various injuries as a result. Picking up two grand babies from school and sharing a hug in parting providing a blessed boost.  Hearing of another friend making it through a medical procedure, one step more, maybe good news as a result, and there was much more.

How was your day?  The point seems clear, "for every matter under heaven", the Christ present in the fullness of life.

In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy

"O God, even now, we feel the darkness gather as we remember again the stories of your time at the Last Supper and  in the Garden of Gethsemane.  A sense of loneliness and foreboding hangs in the air.  As we recall that time we recall our own lives as well.  Forgive us for not being more faithful. Help us to reflect and remember what your persecution and death mean to us. May we be prepared to greet Easter with a sense of awe and a renewed commitment to new life in you.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a  Bible Study
                      6:30 p  Healing Service
                      7:00 p   Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      7:00 p  Maundy Thursday Service

Friday           12:00 p and 7:00 p Good Friday Service            

Sunday         Easter Sunday
                     8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                     9:45 - 10:30 a SOV Youth Fundraiser Breakfast