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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday's Messages

from Pastor Brian

I was with a group of Lutherans a while ago.  They knew I was a pastor, so we got to talking about our faith.  I said, "I've got three related questions for you.  First, what do you love?  Second, what are you willing to risk to protect and nurture what you love?  Third, what does God have to do with all this?"

Each of them answered in turn.  Several talked about their kids and how they would do anything for them.  God was an important part of this, they said, because their kids (or, in one case, their dogs) were gifts from God.  And they wanted to honor the giver by investing themselves in care for the gift.

Then one man said, "I'm risk averse.  I've organized my life in such a way as to avoid risk.  I don't really understand why you're asking us about risk."

I replied, "there are several places in the Gospels where Jesus tells his disciples: 'Those who want to be my followers must take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.'  To take up your cross means being willing to risk your life, or to risk transforming who you are."  I concluded by asking, "How have your risked yourself for God?  That's what I was really wondering when I asked you the three questions."  He then gave a beautiful response that started the whole conversation on a new path touching depths of faith we hadn't yet explored.

This Sunday, we have a chance to ask ourselves what we'll risk for Jesus' sake.  The Gospel reading is Matthew 10:24-39, a series of tough sayings ending with Jesus' word that his disciples must take up their cross and follow him.  Naturally, we all tend to minimize risk as we walk with God.  But Jesus keeps on asking us, "How have you risked yourself for God?"  If you dare to answer, who knows where that will take you?

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"If there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things."    Philippians 4:6-9

The God of peace be with you!

I seem to be in a bit of rut here. Unable to set aside the January 19th  event that forever altered my life and seems to continue to do the same daily
still. I am trying to recognize moments of joy in spite of myself. Like the rose bud we brought in from outside, from Avery's bush. It is lavender in color and has opened to full flower now and has quite a lovely scent. Its scent is so much so that when I breathed in deeply I immediately felt the smile begin to spread across my face. Then on Thursday there was Taylor's 8th grade promotion. Looking at some pictures made me see a beautiful young woman in place of a little girl and that too is "worthy of praise". As are the many well wishes and promises of continued prayer and many other gifts. May I know some of your peace Lord.

In the peace and power of the Christ.

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, June 22, 2014
Genesis 21:8-21
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

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

Friday          1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Calvary Lutheran Church in Hillsboro is looking for a Part-time Preschool Director... 503.648.5686

New Member Sunday coming soon; if you are interested in joining SOV please email secretary Tammy (secretary@sovlutheran.com) or Pastor Brian at pastorbrian.sov@gmail.com

Please note Pastor Brian will be out of the Office on Tuesday, June 24th. He will arrange for Pastoral care in his absence, please look for that information by email later this week and in Sundays bulletin.