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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

 from Pastor Brian

God calls us by name.  That's powerful.  One of Jesus' super-powers is that he knows people personally, calls them by name.  He summons people into God's service as unique individuals, not as generic worker-bees.  That is why I work hard at learning names.  I found out in my first church that people found it deeply meaningful when I called them by name as they came forward to take communion.  I'm not sure why I started doing that, but I certainly kept on doing it because people let me know how much they valued my acknowledgment of their personal humanity. 

I don't have a miraculous memory.  I have to practice.  The main practice I have for learning names is saying them when I give communion.  And I've gotten over my shame at forgetting.  If I forget, I ask over and over again until the pairing of person with name sticks in my noggin.  Sometimes, I simply draw a blank even when I know very well what a person's name is.  So if I ask when you come up for communion, just smile and help me out – I'll probably remember the next time around.

My latest challenge is learning the names of the three-year old class at KoK.  Last week, I started doing weekly chapel services with the threes, as I have been with the fours/fives for some months now.  There are about ten of the threes.  I'm still learning.  I'll stick with it.  I have discovered that kids like being called by name just as much as us older folks do.

SOV's Youth Group is currently working on a new pictorial directory.  Thank you, SOV Youth!  I hope you'll pose for a portrait and let it appear in the new directory.  After all, each of us is created in the image and likeness of God.  Why not share your version of God's image with others at SOV?  This new directory filled with photos of God's saints will be a big help to all of us who want to gain the gospel super-power of knowing people personally and calling them by name to love and serve God.

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Lessons for February 8th
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 127:1-11, 20c
Mark 1:29-39

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 am  Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                    7:00 pm SOV Choir Rehearsal
                    8:00 pm SOV Band Rehearsal

Thursday      6:30 pm Men's Night at Cruise In Country Diner

Friday          1:00 pm Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 am SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship

Looking Ahead

Youth Group Fundraisers;
     Valentine's Babysitting Night
      February 14th
      5:00 - 9:00 pm at SOV

     Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper
      February 17th
      5:30 - 7:00 pm at SOV
     Raffle Tickets for a chance to win
     The Pines at Sunriver
      $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00
      see a youth group member to buy your tickets

† Ash Wednesday
February 18th
11:30 and 7:00 pm Services

Next Scrip Sunday is February 15th
Remember to link your Fred Meyers reward card by calling 1.800.576.4377 with SOV's non profit #91312