Happening Now Blog

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."  Matthew 5:45

Seeing pictures of, and hearing stories from the latest tragedy.  There are some who immediately desire to place blame, see some sense of judgment.  There is the want to make sense of such things, but there is no sense here, just incredible sorrow and gaping wounds.  (Even if it were possible, finding a reason why would not change the reality.)

Much more could be said about that, but what stands out for me at this moment is a matter of perspective.  I heard it from folks standing in the midst of rubble. "This just stuff", they said, as they basked in the presence of loved ones still alive.

It is a matter of perspective that we learn again and again.  Sometimes we do not learn very well.  When we are bugged by stuff that seems so important at the moment.  When we allow our lives to be ruled by worries that amount to little.  It is a matter of regaining perspective and giving thanks for the real gifts we have been given.  

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Interrupt us O God, with your presence.  Intrude upon our preoccupation, our restlessness, our discontent and our boredom.  Help us to center our hearts and minds on the gifts we have received.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

**Sunday          One Service @ 10:30 a

Looking ahead

All Church Luncheon & 80th Birthday celebration  
          Thursday, May 30th @ 12:00 p (All are invited)
           Prayer Shawl meets @ 1:00 p (come early for lunch)

Summer worship schedules begins June 2
Worship services at 8:30 & 10:30  (no Sunday school/resumes in September)

Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, June 2nd following 10:30 worship

Variety Show, Sunday, June 2nd @ 7:00 p
There is still time to participate, let Jameson know if you have a talent to share.

Collecting Rulers for Love INC's packed with Love project

Scrip Order Sundays for June are June 2 and June 9. (two consecutive Sundays)
July and August will offer only one scrip Sunday each month and that will be the first Sundays of each month. July 7th and August 4th.