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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Prayers for Orlando

Friends, today I'm sending you a message from our Bishop, Dave Brauer-Rieke, about the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday.  His words provide welcome guidance in the face of such senseless killing and misguided hatred.  Like Bishop Dave, words fail me as I wonder how to offer counsel to God's people.  If we weren't in the midst of a call process I'd suggest that we have a Town Hall meeting so we could help one another process this shocking event and discern how best to respond.  If you have insights you'd like to share with me about how we, as God's people, should conduct ourselves in the wake of this tragedy, I would welcome your words of wisdom.  God knows we need all the wisdom we can get as we grapple with the multiple, interlocking social issues wrapped up in this event that so pointedly challenges our deep desire to live in peace and joy according to God's promise.

Please keep on reading Bishop Dave's message below.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dear Friends and Members of the Oregon Synod,

We join people around the world today in prayers, grief and concern over the shooting in Orlando, FL yesterday. Words fail me as I write to you, but what my words lack your spirit will provide. Please remember in prayer today those whose lives were taken, friends and family of these individuals, and our sisters and brothers who identify with the LGBTQ community which has been purposely targeted in this massacre.

As people of faith I believe we have a unique word to speak about faithfulness and radicalization. It is fear, anger, injustice and prejudice that fuels radicalization. It is trust, gratitude, service and understanding that strengthens our faith, a gift which in and of itself comes to us through Christ who has shown us the way. Indeed, we are called to be followers of "the Way" and acts of prejudice, anger or violence have no place in such a call.

Today, then, let us bear witness to all we meet and in anything we might post on Facebook or other social media. Do not fan the flames of blame and discord. Do not let your anger or upset further violence in word or deed. Rather, as the Apostle Paul counsels, "Let your 'Yes' and 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No."

"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 
love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 
Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty,
but associate with the lowly; 
do not claim to be wiser than you are. 
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought
for what is noble in the sight of all. 
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all."

(Rms 12:9-18 NRSV)

Bp. Dave Brauer-Rieke
Oregon Synod - ELCA

Lessons for June 19, 2016Isaiah 65:1-9
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   No Bible Study

Thursday      9:00 - 11:00 a KOK Parenting workshop
                    10:00 a LLL

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

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 a Worship services
                     2016 Graduate Celebration