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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pastor's Weekly Message

from Pastor Brian

Worship this Sunday will be a bit unusual.  First, it's a single service (10:30 a.m.) because of Memorial Day weekend.  Second, it will be organized around the theme of healing.  The idea of a healing service came up a few weeks ago.  I'm glad to offer it.  We all need healing one way or another.  The hope of healing keeps us going when going gets hard.  This service should help us to heal our many wounds and to hope for wholeness — salvation — from God.  Ultimately, healing is fulfilled in resurrection, the experience of celebration everlasting in God's presence.

The structure of the service will mostly be worship as usual at SOV.  The only big difference is during the liturgy of holy communion.  After you've come forward to receive the bread and wine, you'll return by the side aisle.  But you'll have the option of proceeding to the back of your seating area where a kneeler will be set up (on each side of the sanctuary).  There you'll find an anointing minister who will give you a blessing and, if you wish, anoint your forehead with a small amount of oil — an element associated with healing in church tradition.  Then, you return to your seat via the center aisle.  The length of the service may be extended a bit if lots of people decide to do this.  But trust me, the blessings received are worth spending a little extra time in worship.

Readings, hymns, and prayers have been chosen to support the theme of healing.  Here's the first verse from one of my favorite hymns included in this service: "O Christ the healer, we have come / to pray for health, to plead for friends / How can we fail to be restored / when reached by love that never ends?" If you need the medicine of Christ's love like I do, then please come to SOV on May 25 and join in worship and prayer for healing.

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"The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3: 25-26

My window on the world is much smaller than it once was.  So even though the view of the world, what it is that I look through, is literally smaller, there is still much to be seen.  I thought I paid attention to minutia before, but there is always more attention to be paid  and more to notice that speaks to any and all times.

I saw flowering cherry trees produce their delicate petals and watched as those same petals came down as a gentle snow just feet away. I continued to watch the hummingbird feeder that was a gift. It took some time, but customers have begun to arrive now, a variety of colors and imagined personalities, flitting, rarely sitting quietly for a moment.  Such beauty, speed and vivid colors right there before me.  "It is good that we should wait" indeed!

In Praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian

Thursday         7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday             1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Sunday           10:30 One worship Service

**PLEASE NOTE
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, MAY 25TH @ 10:30

LAST DAY TO RSVP
If you are planning to attend the volunteer dinner, please RSVP to this email today. Dinner will be ordered on Thursday, May 22. This is a whole family event, ALL ARE WELCOME.

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!
Please note church office will be closed Monday, May 26th