Dear Friends in Christ,
Isn't it wonderful to see the light of the sun this week?! As we inch our way toward spring and the days grow just a little bit longer, our spirits are lifted. Yet even better than seeing the light of the sun is seeing the Light of the Son! We are now in the season of the church year known as "Epiphany," a word that we often define as meaning "revelation" or "insight." Literally, however, "epiphany" means the equivalent of "shining appearance." During the season of Epiphany, our Scripture lessons tell us of the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry and they relay to us the wonderful stories of how the Light of Christ spread throughout the world. Isn't it wonderful to know that the Light of the Son is always there for us—even on the coldest days of the year and on the darkest days of our lives?!
Our Scripture lessons for this coming Sunday include a reading from I Samuel (3:1-20) and the gospel reading from John (I:43-51). These lessons remind us that all the baptized have a calling in God's world. It doesn't matter how young or how old we are. It doesn't matter where we come from. What matters is where we are going, or better: to Whom we are going. As the disciples said when Jesus asked whether they wanted to go away, "Lord, to Whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
Prayer of the Day
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM YOUR CALL COMMITTEE!
After interviewing the candidates a selection has been made to be presented to the Council and the entire congregation.
The procedure and time table for this process going forward is set forth by the Constitution and By Laws of SOV.
The SOV Call Committee has selected a Pastor to be recommended and the following dates have been set:
1/25/09 Meet & Greet with the entire congregation of SOV.
2/1/09 Presentation of the recommended Pastor to the SOV Executive Council along with the proposed written pay package.
2/5/09 Meeting with entire SOV Council for their vote and recommendation of hiring Pastor and pay package.
2/9/09 Written notice to be mailed to congregation of special meeting, for vote of hiring Pastor, with date of meeting 2/22/09.
2/22/09 Vote of Congregation.
In Christ, your SOV Call Committee
· SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they prepare for the congregational meet and greet on January 25th;
· SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;