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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

Turning to a favorite verse yet again.  Wanting peace, trying to make it for myself, but not being able to let go on things that make peace an impossibility.  Particulars?  Always the same, with variations.  You know what I mean?  Have you been there often too?

And then suddenly there is peace "surpassing all understanding".  I don't understand anyhow, but the peace is sweet, and in a desire for clarity I remember words from Buechner, about Jesus and peace, "On one occasion he said to the disciples, 'Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.' (Matt. 10:34) And later on, the last time they ate together, he said to them, 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.' (John 14:27)  The contradiction is resolved when you realize that for Jesus peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle but the presence of love."

Ah, the presence of love.  The love of the Christ, of family, of friends, worry not.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we place our trust in things that are fleeting, rather than in you and the sure promises you offer.  We focus on the things that are before us, getting bogged down in the mundane and the trials of the moment.  We fail to remember to set our sights on you.  Forgive our doubt, our lack of hope, our fear.  Restore our hope in those things unseen by our eyes.  Renew our hearts that we might worship you fully.  Redeem us so we can be a sign of your love to others who doubt.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      7:30 p  OEC

Red Cross Blood drive @ SOV Monday June 18
Walk in's welcome or call 1-800-red-cross to register

Graduation Celebration 
Sunday June 24, between services

SOV Youth Group Firework Stand
Open June 23 - July 4

Social Concerns is still collecting household items and personal hygiene items as well as Red Ball Point pens.