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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

"If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  Jesus spoke these words to detractors who doubted that he told the truth about God.  But Jesus lived that freedom  He died holding fast to that truth.  To those whose eyes of faith had been opened, Jesus' resurrection from the dead proved he was right.  Jesus lives now in truth and freedom, today and forever.

Jesus' words about truth and freedom are the lion's roar of the Lutheran Reformation.  Luther and his partners, trusting these and similar words from Jesus, moved boldly to transform the Church.  Their work sparked a paradigm shift in how people encountered God.  Set free from anxiety about stoking their own egos, people experienced God in freedom to love and strength to serve with joy.  To this day, wherever we find freedom, truth, love, and courageous service, there we find Jesus at work.

At Shepherd of the Valley, Jesus' truth sets us free in many ways.  The Word works on us in Sunday worship and in our private prayers.  That same Word works on us now in the four-week process offered by the Healthy Communication Ad Hoc Committee (HCAC).  Last Sunday, Michelle Nelson Sinn helped us learn how to handle the words that God has lent to us for holy living, how to guide our tongues so we can speak respectfully and build one another up, how to heal the hurt that is sometimes done by our words when we are careless.  This is God's Word of Truth setting us free.

Next Sunday the HCAC will continue in this Word.  With skits, a dandy short video, and other helpful presentations we will go deeper into developing skills for respectful communication.  These skills will help Jesus free us from shame, disrespect, and needless conflict so we can live more fully for God.

In the final two weeks of the process, on October 23 and November 6, the HCAC will ask for your partnership in developing guidelines to serve as the basis of a Covenant for Healthy Communication.  Working on how we use words will help us keep on walking in truth and freedom as Jesus' disciples.  So I invite you to join together in this work of spiritual formation — Reformation! — at SOV.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 16th
Genesis 32:22-31
2 Timothy 3:14-5:5
Luke 18:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                      10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday       9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
               
Friday          9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool

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

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Service
                    9:45 a Sunday School for all ages
                   No Confirmation Class

Scrip Sunday, October 16th
Please turn your order forms in to Caryl or drop them in the Scrip order mailbox located in the Narthex.

Memorial Service for Dean Kruse
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
(Please let Tammy know if you can bring bars or cookies, they can be brought in anytime during the week or on Saturday)

KOK Christmas Greens Fundraiser
Please give your order and payment to Wendy by October 25th. Pick up Date is November 20th.