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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian 

Today, year's end, I wonder at the turning of time, the Earth rounding a solstice curve in its yearly swing around the sun, our blue dot home spinning night and day through deep heaven.  I marvel at scripture's word saying that God plans for the fullness of time, so all things come together at the right time in Christ.  I am grateful for God's gift of time to me, so I can grow to know God, love God and neighbor, and grow in holiness by God's grace.

Time, its evanescence and fullness, is a treasure and deep mystery of God's creation.  Time is blessed, and deserves a blessing as we end one year and begin a new year tomorrow.  So I want to share a blessing of time that comes from the Celtic Order of St. Columba.  May their words console and inspire us as we welcome 2015 and thank God for the gift of time. 

A Blessing on Time in the New Year

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year's Eve
upon Your gift to us of time.
 
Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us to observe the
passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
 
May these our ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become people who journey through time.
 
Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks and
 months, of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts —
all our special days of remembering.
May these servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests, now grace our homes and our lives.

May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days, as they teach
us the secret that all life is meant for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year, each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
 
Grant to us, Lord, the new year's gift of a year of love.  Amen.

http://www.patmosabbey.org/a-celtic-new-year-blessing-and-prayer.html

 
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From Pastor Randy

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven"     Ecclesiastes 3:1

          Time is something that is pretty important to most of us.  Our culture pays a great deal of attention to time.  We may have schedules figured out down to the minute.  Not so everywhere in the world.  We are still in the midst of a season that never seems to have enough time.  In our family we have many Christmas traditions, but there was not enough time to fulfill them all.  If what the Preacher in Ecclesiastes says is to be true for us we may have to change some priorities, or a change how we look at time may help.  Makes me think of the sign I have seen at a service station on Martin Luther King Blvd. that says, "We guarantee fast service, however long it takes."

May your time be blessed and used well!

Happy New Year!

Pastor Randy  

Lessons for Sunday, January 4th,  Epiphany of Our Lord
Isaiah 50:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

THIS WEEK

Thursday   Happy New Year!  Offices closed

Friday        Limited office hours, call ahead

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

Sunday      Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 am  Healing Service

Looking ahead
January 6th,  6:00 pm  Ladies Dinner at Chevy's Fresh Mex in Tanasbourne
January 8th,  6:30 pm   Men's Night at Cruise In Country Diner in Hillsboro