Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

The great annual SOV Rummage Sale is coming soon.  Every week, you're asked to help make it a success.  The organizing team is asking for donations, lots of them.  They're also asking for help in staffing: carrying items to the sales floor; pricing; serving as sales assistants; keeping track of money; cleaning up.  All these things – donations and volunteers – are needed to make this event go right and bear good fruit.

Over the years, I've served several churches where the annual rummage sale is a big deal.  Congregations count on the revenue to fund special projects.  At SOV, we're talking about buying chairs.  No doubt that would be money well spent.  At least as important is creating community.  Working together on a good project builds community like nothing else.  All these are good reasons to pitch in and do your part.

But there's another reason, too.  It's about getting ready for the reign of God.  Once upon a time, Jesus was telling his disciples parables about a day soon to come when God's good governance of the world would be plain for all to see.  When he finished, he said, "Have you understood all this?"  They answered, "Yes!"  Then Jesus said to them, "Every religious scholar who has become a student of the reign of God is like the head of a household who can bring out of his storeroom both what is new and what is old."  (Matt. 13:51-52)

When you support the rummage sale, you bring out of your storeroom things old and new.  Donating them to the church, you dedicate yourself to God's reign.  You are undertaking a spiritual practice of generosity – giving away your goods and yourself so there is plenty of room in your heart for the love of God.  You can't really learn about God from books.  But by approaching the rummage sale as a chance to practice the generous love of God, you'll discover a treasure greater than any item you can carry from your house or garage.

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"I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord!"    Psalm 122:1

I never could understand the excitement of that statement.  I was brought up going to church every Sunday, but I certainly wasn't always wild about going, which is why I couldn't understand the Psalmist's gladness here.  And yet just a couple of weeks ago as I sat thinking of that Sunday morning worship my thought was "Gosh that was fun", and the Psalmist excitement made sense. On that day  what really stood out  was the baptism of Hailey Michelle, what a treat it was to be part of the moment.  To hold that young  life filled with promise in my arms. 

And then there is the music again and again.  The singing in the choir, well practiced and earnest in their praises. Thanks for sharing those gifts.  The musicians;  up to a quartet now!  Thank you Jameson, Steve, Dan and Charlie. Your skills and enthusiasm shine through.  Your jam with the closing hymn brings forth a natural "Amen" or "Alleluia!"  Thank you and I am sent forth with gladness.

Thanks to all the saints gathered, your caring for one another, expressions of love and prayers bring gladness indeed.

Thanks too, to Pastor Brian. His calm, gentle and welcoming demeanor are a gift.  So many reasons, thank God, that as I mature in age.  I get what the Psalmist was talking about, gladness! at the prospect of worship together.

In the Peace and Power of Christ,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, July 20th
Genesis 28:10-19a
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian

Thursday        10:00 a Evangelism Committee Meeting
                      10:00 a LLL

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

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

Rummage Sale
SOV is collecting your gently used and clean items through July 31st.

Love INCs Backpack Project
SOV is collecting 200 rulers w/metric measures through August 8th.
Please place your donations in the marked barrel in the Narthex.  Thank you

Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, July 21st 1:30 - 7:00 p
Call 1.800.red.cross to register (walk ins welcome too)
EVERY blood type is needed, ALL THE TIME!
Donations are usually in short supply during the summer months and during winter holiday season. Each donation can help save more than one life. Be a HERO! Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Yet it cannot be manufactured it must be given by a volunteer donor.

Kids of the Kingdom (KOK) is now registering for Fall 2014 enrollment. Please spread the word and visit SOV's website for more information: http://www.sovlutheran.com/kok.php

Prayer Requests
Mert, Beth, Pastor Randy, Choice and family, Neil & Dolores, Don & Hope, Bob & Connie