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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Message

 from Pastor Brian

When I sit to write this weekly message sometimes I've no idea what to say.  But I trust God will provide.  Today, God provided an unexpected phone call that seems worth reporting.

The phone rang; Tammy said some woman wanted a pastor to share a prayer.  OK, I thought, this happens sometimes — a person in distress picks a church at random and calls looking for a kind word and a quick prayer.  But this was someone asking to pray for me!

The woman identified herself by name and asked, in a Southern drawl, if she could offer a prayer for me.  Surprised, I said "yes."  She proceeded to read the text often called the Aaronic blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.  (Numbers 6:24-26)

She then read a few other Bible verses about prayer and blessing.  Finally, she offered prayer for me, asking God that I be filled with joy and brought to everlasting life in Jesus Christ.  I thanked her; then offered a prayer for her.

I found this conversation notable for several reasons.  First, I've never before gotten a call from someone looking to pray for me.  Second, her recitation of the Aaronic blessing struck a chord because I use as a benediction to close worship.  Third, she seemed full of joy — almost giddy.  It reminded me of the first lesson on April 27: "Although you have not seen Christ, you love him, and... you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy." (1Peter 1:8)

Was her joy just a put-on? She read from a script.  Was her prayer sincere?  I'm putting the best construction on her offering.  My guess is that she's a Southern Baptist carrying out a prayer ministry on behalf of her church.  She and I would probably disagree on many things.  But as the Day of Pentecost draws near, we believe the Holy Spirit gives us community in Christ that reconciles differences in language, customs, politics, and religion.  May God surprise us daily with such a blessing of life-giving community.

Lessons for Sunday, June 8, 2014
Acts 2:1-21
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 7:37-39

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday     6:30 p Men's Night @ Lil Cooperstown

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

Saturday   10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday      Pentecost Sunday: wear RED
                  Worship at 8:30 & 10:30 a

Prayers of Thanksgiving and continued Healing
Pastor Randy was discharged Tuesday, June 3rd. He is back at home, he is receiving home health care and will continue with outpatient physical therapy. He even made a trip to the park yesterday :)