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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Weekly Message

Reflected by Pastor Stuart Holland:

A Passionate Knowing; Isaiah 58:1-12

Does God delight in ignorant followers? It would certainly seem so in this reading. The people delight in knowing the statutes (rules) of God but this is called rebellion (v.1). So what is going on here?

The knowing that the people want (da'at) is a knowing of facts about the rules of God. But "the rules" in this verse is actually "the way" of God, a living thing in which we walk (psalm 1, 15, 119). But the people don't seem to get this, being content to sit close to the pulpit on Sunday and have the answers in bible study, but quite ready to put 'all that' in a box until next Sunday. The problem then is that they want to know (da'at) God but not know intimately (yada). This later kind is the "and Adam knew Eve" kind of knowing, the knowing we all will have in the fullness of time (Jer 31.34).

The notion of intimate (yada) knowing of God is a bit discomforting to us. Yet it is this very intimate, deep love that we are offered in Jesus. We talk about him a lot, about how he is abundantly loving and always with us but the notion that he is intimate with us is rarely if ever in our thoughts. So what can we do to change this? I invite you to try your imagination.

Think about a hug, about being held tenderly, perhaps by a loved one. Can you feel it and the emotions that come from being held? This is the kind of tender hug Jesus is giving you all day. If you start to panic, as I did the first time, or feel uncomfortable, go back again to the fact that Jesus deeply and perfectly loves you, and that his touch is true love. When you feel brave, pray. If you feel really brave, read from the Song of Songs* because this is the kind of passionate, intimate love Jesus has with you. He knows (yada) you and he sees you and he loves you.

Beloved Jesus, help us to know and to experience your strong and loving arms around us. Help us also to know you and see you for you surely see us and know us through and through and love us still.
Amen.

*For those of you under thirty, the Orthodox Jews recommend not reading this book as it can "inflame wild passions." I say read it if you're bold but be aware that there will be body parts, cooties, and the sort of over the top ridiculousness typical of young love.

Lessons for Sunday, February 9th
Isaiah 58:1-12
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

THIS WEEK:

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal
                     
Thursday      6:30 p Men's Night @ Lil Cooperstown
                    7:00 p LLL

Friday         1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

KOK Food Drive
SOV is invited to help KOK collect non-perishable food items during the month of February. You will find their collection bin in the Narthex near the stairwell.

Kitchen Shower
Once again the Fellowship committee will be collecting fellowship supplies to offset costs;
Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be brought to the church by Sunday, February 23rd. Items needed; toilet paper, paper towels, 13 gallon garbage bags w/handles, creamer, regular coffee, 10-12 oz insulated coffee cups,  Hot cocoa packets, sweeteners, frozen or powdered juices, etc