Dear Friends in Christ,
It's been a couple of weeks since I've sent you a weekly e-mail, so I apologize for that. My work e-mail and internet are down, so that makes it harder; however, I can access my work e-mail through webmail from my home computer. Also, you should know that I have been working from home the past couple of days due to illness in my family. My younger son has a bacterial infection, but is slowly recovering. My Aunt Enid (89), for whom I have guardianship, has had a significant decline the past few days, and we had her put on hospice care yesterday. Prayers for comfort and peace are appreciated. She seems a bit stronger yesterday and today, but is not eating much.
This is an exciting time to be part of the life of Shepherd of the Valley! This coming Sunday at 12:15 pm, you will vote on calling Pastor Randy Schutt to be the next pastor of SOV. Please hold the whole congregation and Pastor Randy in prayer during this time of discernment.
We began the season of Epiphany with Jesus' baptism, and this coming Sunday we will end the season with three disciples' vision of Jesus' transfiguration. In Mark's story of Jesus' baptism (Mark 9:2-9), apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus' three closest friends hear the same words naming him God's beloved son. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God's glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with yoru image through Jesus Chrst, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Remember in prayer:
Prayers for strength for all who are caring for the elderly;
Prayers that all who are unemployed may find meaningful employment;
Prayers for guidance and peace for all who are struggling with relationship issues;
Prayers for safety, wisdom and health for our military personnel.