Dear Friends in Christ,
Sorry I missed sending out a weekly message last week; I and other members of my family came down with a stomach bug in the middle of the week, and then I had the Prayer Service and Synod Assembly to prepare for, as well as Sunday worship, so the message got lost in the shuffle! Anyway, I'm back on my feet and hoping that things will go smoothly this week.
In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, we see that even though Jesus was a devout Jew who practiced his faith, he was criticized for eating with tax collectors and sinners, i.e., the religiously nonobservant. Jesus turns the tables and criticizes the self-righteous, reminding us that mercy is to be at the heart of our religious practices. God continues to be made known in those on the margins of society, like Matthew the tax collector and the hemorrhaging woman. As we gather each Lord's day we receive the healing that makes us well and sends us forth to be signs of God's mercy for the world.
Prayer of the Day
O God, you are the source of life and the ground of our being. By the power of your Spirit bring healing to this wounded world, and raise us to the new life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Please read on for announcements and prayer requests!
· Wasn't it great to see many of SOV's talented high school graduates at worship on Sunday? Thanks, guys, for getting out of bed to be with your church family! Know that you are loved and that our prayers will travel with you wherever you go.
· Thank you to everyone who helped make last Thursday's Prayer Service a special time for reflecting on SOV's past, present and future. Thank you also to everyone who pitched in and helped make the initial phase of SOV's Capital Campaign a big success!
· This coming Sunday, June 8th, worship will be led by SOV's Youth Choir! Please join the fun, as these talented young singers inspire us and touch our hearts with their gifts! SOV's annual congregational meeting also will be held this Sunday, immediately following the second service. We will be celebrating SOV's ministries and electing new officers for the coming church year. Child care and pizza will be provided.