Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...and let the birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky." Genesis 1:20

Have used these words in this space before, and I can't help but turn to them again.

Sitting in my office Sunday morning, telling Choice about the humming birds I had seen at the feeder in Harris's back yard every time I visited there, no matter how cold.  Just a few minutes later I went to the front doors and there was Charlotte just getting out of the van.  As I opened the door I noticed movement in the bushes in the corner, and there was a humming bird.  It was a moment worth noting.  (Special meaning? Don't know, but a pretty amazing coincidence.)

When worship began, while singing our first hymn, a flock of geese flew past the windows above.  At least two other times during worship geese took off from the park and briefly filled the view from the windows there.  And earlier in the week, arriving home late in the afternoon, there was the largest congregation of geese I have ever seen in the sky.  Thousand of them, their flight and honking filling my senses.  An astounding sight.

Thanks for such beauty Lord, a reminder of your presence with us at any and all times, and of  how we are inter-connected in the midst of it all.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy and good Creator, we rejoice that you are the God who communicates.  We thank you for your constant presence, your redeeming love and your gift of peace. In times of violence and suffering, of fragility and abuse, draw us near and shelter us within your mighty love.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:00 p Worship Committee Meeting
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      12:00 p  All Church Luncheon (no reservations required, all are welcome, soup lunch is provided)

Saturday       6:00 p HS Youth Movie night @ Caitlin's
                     7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Benefit Concert featuring the UO Gospel Singers is offering two concerts on February 23, 2013: 3:00 p & 6:00 p
Please visit sovlutheran.com to learn more and make your free reservation.

Kids of the Kingdom is now enrolling for Fall 2013
Please spread the word they are having registration/enrollment night tonight 5:00 - 6:30 p
Families can meet the teachers, visit the classrooms and find out more information regarding the programs KOK has to offer, for more information or questions please visit sovlutheran.com and click on the Kids of the Kingdom link or you can reach them at 503.645.0236

*Pastor Randy will be out of the office through Tuesday February 4th please contact Pastor Stuart Holland for any prayer concerns or needs at pstrobus@frontier.com