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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark....."  John 20:1

So begins John's recounting of the resurrection of Jesus.  John spends a lot of time writing of the battle between darkness and light, and so why wouldn't that be the case at this momentous time as well?

So we get the light through the darkness.  Maundy Thursday brings the "new commandment", to love one another.  Jesus brings this forward even as he washes the feet of his disciples, even the one who would betray him.  In the darkness.

The darkness of Good Friday and the cross itself.  The Christ meeting us again in our lowest moments, the darkness of life itself.

And tonight's reminder for me, stepping outside, hoping for a glimpse of the nearly full moon before turning in.  No light, but in the darkness the sound of the frog choir from the creek down below.  A reminder of the promise of life in the face of the darkness itself.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.

Pastor Randy

"Holy God, wake us up if we are asleep, calm the storm if we are overwhelmed, or hold us fast if we are running - whatever it takes, open our hearts and minds to hear your voice as you speak a new and life changing word to us.  Because of the Christ we pray.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   12:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry @ SOV
Thursday    12:00 p  All Church Luncheon
Saturday     6:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Join us for Holy Week;

Maundy Thursday
March 28th
Service at 7:00 pm with communion
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

Good Friday
March 29th
Services at 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Good Friday is the day on which we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe.

Easter Sunday
March 31st
Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast at 9:45 - 10:30 am
He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.      John 20:6-7

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."   Psalm 118:24

Those are great words, especially when we shout them with some commitment to their veracity.  On a beautiful day, after hearing a particularly beautiful piece of music, basking in a moment that lifts our spirits.  Then it can be easy to shout those words, and a lot of fun as well.

But how about different situations?  Maybe it is foolishness to think that those words can be said with the same joy on the days that are not filled with promise.  When it is gray and sullen all around.  When illness dominates and the air itself seems devoid of the possibility of music.  We do know those kinds of days all too well too. But it may be then that we most need to be assured of the hope contained in those words from the psalmist.

Speaking, reading quietly, or hearing them for ourselves, may those words come from, or head straight to, our hearts.

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Pastor Randy

"Holy God, wake us up if we are asleep, calm the storm if we are overwhelmed, or hold us fast if we are running - whatever it takes, open our hearts and minds to hear your voice as you speak a new and life changing word to us.  Because of the Christ we pray.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a  Bible Study
                   5:45 p  Last Lenten Soup/Bread Supper
                   6:30 p  Last Lenten Devotion - Facing the Cross - "Suffering"
                   7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday    10:00 a  LLL
                   7:00 p  Council Meeting

Saturday     6:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       Palm Sunday  services at 8:30 & 11:00 a

NEXT WEEK - HOLY WEEK

Thursday,March 28th: Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00 pm
Friday, March 29th: Good Friday Services at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, March 31st Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast  9:45 - 10:30 am


EASTER FLOWERS
We are now accepting donations for Easter Flowers.  Please sign up in the rainbow room with your name and remembrance.  Place your donation marked "Easter Flowers" in the offering plate or drop it off in the office.

Thank you,

Your Worship Committee

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, ..."  Song of Solomon 2:12

The flowers indeed continue to flourish, more and more daffodils, especially around our place.  But thinking too of those thousands  of them along Highway 26, by Hillsboro stadium, blooming again as they did last year and the year before that.  Thanks to whoever put them all there.  A sweet treat to those who take note while flying by.

As for the singing, the beauty of the blooms does lift my heart, but there is other singing going on as well.  On this nearly still night, the frogs are filling up the darkness with a song of their own.  It is a chorus that brings me a certain amount of peace and leaves me with a bit of a grin as well.  Thanks for the treats Lord.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

From Brennan Manning, "Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder.  Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of Your universe.  Delight me to see how Your Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not His, to the Father through the features of men's faces. Each day enrapture me with Your marvelous things without number.  I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all."  Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     10:00 a   Bible Study
                       5:45 p   Lenten Soup/Bread Supper
                       6:30 p   Lenten Devotion "Facing the Cross"  - 'One Another'
                       7:00 p   SOV Choir Rehearsal

Friday        Fellowship outing; Spring Concert of the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra featuring Rachel Susman: 7:30 p @ Village Baptist Church 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton. $10 adult, $5 senior; please contact Lynn or Vesper for more information.

Saturday       6:00 - 8:00 SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 worship
                      10:00 a Adult Sunday School Class; Save Your Mind For Later Use...The role of Spirituality in brain health,
                       "Our inner nature is being renewed"
                       Scrip Order Sunday, last one before Easter, please consider all your Easter needs.

Fellowship is promoting Irish Sunday, 'wearin' green Sunday on March 17th and ask your help in keeping the budget in the green by donating supplies to help offset fellowship expenses;

Frozen lemonade or juice
powdered lemonade
Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider in individual packets
Family Size cans of soup
Regular coffee (a very large mount of decaffeinated hos been donated)
Flavored liquid creamers
adult size juice/water cups.
'green' $$ donations accepted also

Friday, March 8, 2013

Daylight Savings Time




Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday March 10th

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Every valley shall we be lifted up ... the uneven ground shall become level ....." Isaiah 40:4

....but until then, things are not always smooth.  There are peaks and valleys.  One day the sun is shining rightly, inviting us to partake in the wonders of nature.  And the next we are hunching our shoulders against the wind and rain (why do we do that? does it some how make us less wet?).

One moment there is the joy of worship, smile and voices, people gathered after, simple yet grand stuff.  And then there are real sorrows, and concerns, that sometimes would suck the very joy out of life.  That is a reality too, but in the end not the only reality.

Even in the rain the green shoots are everywhere, some of them blooming now, because of that self same rain.  The Daphne bush is producing sweet smelling blooms for the first time since it was planted, undaunted by the rain.  Here in this community of faith we are headed toward drama of Holy week, culminating in the celebration of the resurrection.  And beyond that there are other joyous moments anticipated, with the coming of new lives in our midst, sings that even now, "valleys are being lifted up".

Thank you Lord for the present gifts, part of a grander promise yet to come.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Today Lord, for at least a moment, help us to lay aside our lists and focus on your gifts and blessings to us.  Help us to take in the work of your grace in our lives.  And we wait expectantly and patiently for you to speak and to make yourself know to us in new and surprising ways.  For the sake of the Christ.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       5:45 p  Lenten Soup/Bread Supper; we have plenty of bread but if you wish you may bring a pot of soup
                       6:30 p  Lenten Devotion "Facing the Cross" - 'Our Wilderness'
                       7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal  

Thursday         6:30 p  Men's night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Saturday         2:00 - 5:00 p Eagle Scout Ceremony (building loaned out)
                       7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Reminder; Saturday March 9th ...turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed.