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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wednesday Messages

 from Pastor Brian
June 11, 2014

This week God has given us another school shooting to meditate on.  As a pastor, I hardly know what to think about this tragic, increasingly predictable reality.  Probably the first thing to say is that we need to lift up prayers to God.  Prayers for the family of Emilio Hoffman, who was killed by the shooter.  Prayers for his friends and all students at Reynolds High School in Troutdale where the killing and mayhem took place.  Prayers for all of us as we struggle to know what we, as a society, should do about the rising levels of gun violence in our nation.  Pastor Susan Kintner, Assistant to Bishop Brauer-Rieke, wrote these helpful words in her weekly message from the Synod Office:

Prayers for all those touched by the tragedy of the shooting Tuesday at Reynolds High School.  Pastor Jeff Bethke is the registrar at the school.  He was very impressed with the School District response, as well as the Police, all quite professional.  Graduation is Thursday evening.  There were 2,000 students at the school, just ready to begin their morning final.  As the administrators sort out their next steps, we will continue to pray for them.

I'm not a big fan of the "WWJD?" fad current a few years ago.  But in this case, maybe it would be helpful for the Church to ponder that question — "What Would Jesus Do?" — in regard to gun violence in America.  Scripture sets Jesus as the model of good shepherding that we should follow.  God's people are to imitate Jesus in their life-choices and moral conduct.  What would Jesus say and do in response to the epidemic of gun violence sweeping through America, through its schools and movie theaters and shopping malls?  How should the Church best serve to shepherd American society in this time of trial?  I'm really not sure, though I've read a lot of scripture.  Maybe you know.  If you do, please share your thoughts with me so that I can learn how best to lead God's people in addressing this painful, urgent issue.

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"They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze."  Genesis 2:8

That is my favorite anthropomorphism in all of the Bible.  God takes a break by walking in the garden in the evening.  Of course, which is why it is such a good thing for us to do.  That is one of the things I missed the most during those long months of rehab and something I lament now not being able to do for myself and yet I am grateful that Choice willingly pushes me around in my wheelchair.  I envy those who choose their own paths and pace.  Its just not the same, but it is a very restful thing and I am thankful none the less as the sights are grand, the flowers and plants, kids playing, the half moon high in the deepening blue of the sky.

All those sights highlight the importance of rejoicing in the blessings.

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, The Holy Trinity
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    6:15 p Worship Meeting
                      7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Summer Camp
                    7:00 p LLL

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

Saturday     10:00 a  SOV Choir Rehearsal

This and That
> SOV Youth Group is selling prepackaged fire works each sunday through June 29th

> KOK Preschool and Kindergarten is now enrolling for Fall 2014.

> SOV Rummage Sale
collecting gently used and clean items beginning June 22 for the August 1 & 2 Rummage Sale

> Love INCs Packed with Love backpack project
collecting school rulers with metric until August 8th. Our goal is 200. Please place your donations in the barrel in the narthex.

> Red Cross Blood Drive
  Monday, June 16th
  call 1-800-red-cross to register to donate
  Walks Ins Welcome