Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian 

Feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish?  The gospel reading next Sunday is an attention getter.  Jesus takes a few loaves and fishes offered by the disciples and turns it into a meal for thousands.  There are many meanings in this story, but one especially speaks to me as I survey the super-abundance of stuff on display for the rummage sale.  The miracle of loaves and fishes is a tale of the abundance of God's reign.  Where humans see scarcity, God sees abundance. When people can't see it, God helps them to see it.  In God's creation — in God's realm — good things are already all around us all the time.  But we need God to help us see, appreciate, and use rightly the good gifts God gives to all creatures.

The outpouring of goods given for this rummage sale is a sign of God's reign.  God calls us to act with generosity, compassion, and commitment to the common good.  Individually, we each have a few items we no longer need.  We offer them to God by giving to the church.  Jesus takes these and multiplies them, and behold!  The sanctuary is filled to overflowing.  God's people will be fed and strengthened by the abundance on offer here.  Even the unsold leftovers will be given away to benefit those in need.

Thank you for your faith and your generosity — offering your stuff and your self to support the work of the church.  These acts of faith are good for the soul.  As the Evangelist Luke wrote, "Give and it will be given to you … for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."  (Lk. 6:38)  You give yourself to God; you get yourself back again renewed in the image of God's abundant love.  Such a deal!

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"and they saw the God of Israel… and under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness."  Ex. 24:10

Sitting at the desk in the morning, feeling equal parts anger, frustration and disappointment and not feeling particularly thankful.  Thinking more of what I can't do, than what I can do. A sad place to be.

Now the curtains are pulled back, and there is a clear blue sky, beautiful in its clarity as the writer of Exodus expresses.  I can also see roses ready to bloom and many birds flittering around from the hedge to the nearby feeders.  They provide a background soundtrack as well, twittering away, quite pleasant actually.  There, that feels better.  A reminder that I can come to God in whatever lousy mood and maybe find some peace and beauty.

In praise of the Creator,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, August 3rd
Genesis 32:22-31
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

THIS WEEK

Wednesday         10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian

Thursday              12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Friday and Saturday     RUMMAGE SALE
                                      August 1 & 2
                                      9:00 - 5:00 

We still need LOTS of help during the sale; cashiering and floaters; back up floor help, cashiers, customer assistance...if you didn't sign up please SHOW UP any way.

Sunday  8:30 & 10:30 worship service
Installation Sunday @ both worship services; all officers and committees please be present on Sunday.
Scrip Order Sunday

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
Thank you to those of you who donated rulers. We have collected 255 rulers of the 200 needed. Once again we exceeded our goal.