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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I like leading funerals.  It's one of the pastor's duties I love best.  I can't say they're fun; but they are blessed.  They get us right to the core of the gospel — We are beloved of God and eternally cherished in God's eyes.  God takes action on our behalf in Jesus Christ to make sure that the original plan for us — life fulfilled in communion with God — achieves its goal.  That's good news, if you can believe it.

This Saturday, March 7, we have a funeral at SOV.  It is for Marilyn Wheat, mother of Debbie Zahrowski.  I met with Debbie and her sisters a couple weeks ago to talk about their mom.  I didn't know Marilyn, so it's helpful to hear the stories her children tell about her.  It's a time where we grow closer to one another in God's spirit, so we can come together to honor Marilyn's memory and to commend her to God's everlasting welcome.

Near the beginning of the funeral, the pastor announces the good news to the assembly with words that come from St. Paul's letter to the Romans.  It goes like this:

When we were baptized in Christ Jesus we were baptized into his death.  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

I never tire of speaking those words to the congregation.  They are the heart of the gospel.  Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead.  By God's grace, Jesus' fate and destiny becomes ours.  In Jesus' death, we die to sin.  In Jesus' resurrection, we live for God embraced by God's love.  And that is the start of a whole new life, no matter how long you have left to live.

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Lessons for March 8th
Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                      5:30 p Lenten Potluck soup/bread supper
                      6:00 p Lenten video Kingdom of God; a transformed world of mercy, justice, truth
                      6:30 p Lenten Holden Evening Prayer
                      7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                      8:00 p SOV band rehearsal

Thursday        6:30 p Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown

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

Saturday         10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
                       1:00 p Celebration of Life; Marilyn Wheat

Don't forget to SPRING FORWARD. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

Mandatory parent and youth Detroit meeting
Sunday, March 8
youth     5-7 pm
parents  6-7 pm

March Gladness kitchen shower
fellowship committee is collecting select items to restock SOV's kitchen pantry: regular coffee, toilet paper, qt/gal zip lock bags, vanity fair lunch size napkins, cocktail napkins, any brand, air wick or glade air fresheners& spray, dawn liquid dish washing soap, 16-32 oz liquid creamers, crystal light dry juice mixes.