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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday's Message

 from Pastor Stuart Holland

Using the World
Leviticus 19.9-10

Part of God's plan for a just society includes our relationship with creation. In addition to rules about food and economic relationships, there are things like this part of Leviticus 19. In direct contrast to modern farming methods of maximum efficiency, God actually calls for the harvest not to go all the way to the edges of the field and that the vines not be stripped to get the last grapes.

This sort of thing is just plain weird to us, it's your land, your seed, and your labor to get this to grow, so why shouldn't you get all of it? Mostly because it isn't all about you. Did you make the land or cause it to rain? Are you the only one who ever worked that field or vineyard? Did you cause the seed to grow, the flower to blossom, the fruit to ripen until the harvest? No, of course not, God and other people worked to get you to harvest.

So look at your life and see where you have had help getting to harvest. God gives you each day and your strength in that day. The grocery shelf stocker and gas pumper and the bank teller make sure there is something on the shelf, in the pump and at the bank for you. The people you know are part of making your life more of a living, breathing, and enjoyable thing. And God is at work redeeming your errors, strengthening your victories, and giving you eternal life. This week then, look for the way God and other people are helping you to the harvest.

Oh, and the reason you don't grab every bit of harvest? That's so the poor can glean the fields and have something to eat too. This is what Boaz was doing with his fields and why Ruth was out there gleaning in the biblical romance novel named after her. And Ruth and Boaz had a son named David (yes, that David).

Lessons for Sunday, February 23rd
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Matthew 5:38-48

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study

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

Fellowship Kitchen Shower
Last day to bring in your kitchen/fellowship items for SOV's pantry

Also if you are contributing to the KOK Food Drive please bring your non perishable canned food items on Sunday or by the end of February.

March Newsletter articles are due February 25th

Prayer Requests
~Prayers of healing and a speedy recovery for Christine who had surgery today, she requests no visitors.
Prayers for Nathan as he helps care for her during this recovery.

~Continued prayers for Pastor Randy and Choice.
 You may send greeting cards for Pastor Randy to his home or the church as he would love to know we are thinking of him.