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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16

The snake is often equated with Satan because of its part in the story of the fall in Genesis.  But the snake, as these words of Jesus would attest, is also seen in a positive light as well.  (Especially consider its saving role in the wilderness in Numbers 21:8-9.)  There was a time when the staffs of bishops ended in a spiral terminating in a serpent's head (that little morsel comes from a book called "The Bestiary of Christ").

So much more could be said, and has been written, about snake in scripture.  I bring it up here because a couple of weeks ago I had my first snake sightings of the spring.  They were harmless and helpful little black and gold striped garter snakes.  I saw four of them.  They usually startle me a bit because they don't move till I practically step on them.  But then they fascinate me.  Their fluid, rolling movement, constantly darting tongue, posturing, all cause me to watch them closely.  In them I see still more of the beauty of the creation.  I know that they creep many people out, but those fears aside, they are pretty cool.

There is that mention of doves too.  We have a couple of those who have been frequenting our house of late.  They are morning doves, which has nothing to do with the time of day they are present.  Their cooing is soothing to me, and their nervous tittering when they are surprised sounds down right silly.  

There are so many wonders, off putting reptiles, nervous birds, such a variety of creation, beauty abounds.  But beware lest we step on it.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Sometimes the road seems so long, and the pain so deep, or the sorrow overwhelming.  Help us then to know your peace Lord, the peace of the one who formed the road, and knows sorrow all too well.  Guide us in our steps.  In Christ, Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday      2:00 - 3:30 p Alzheimer's Association (if you or any one you know are experiencing early memory loss please call (503) 416-0207 to see if this class is appropriate for you.

Sunday        8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                    9:30 a  Part 10 of 10 Keeping Your Mind For Later Use

Next Week

Wednesday  6:30 p  Little Lambs Choir practice (all children welcome)
Thursday      7:00 p  Council Meeting
Saturday      5:00 p  Wedding Shower for Jameson and Jenna (potluck, please bring a dish to share)

Collecting Rulers for Love INC's Backpack project our goal is 800 rulers for children in Washington county.