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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.