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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

To the Family of God at Shepherd of the Valley ~

"And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?"  Matthew 6:27
Sometimes there are thoughts running in so many different places.  There are worries aplenty, both real and imagined.  Sometimes it is possible to think too much and not get anywhere but deeper in the hole, to lose perspective, and in the end just feel lost.
So, I walked out in the back yard.  There was a brilliant blue sky and warming sun on a brisk fall afternoon.  There was a smell in the air, some of it had to do with decay (as is the wont of fall) but more it suggested the richness of life itself.  And my memory was triggered to consider other times of fall.  Running cross-country, working in fields, the presence of the colors in the trees and on the ground.  It felt comforting and it was beautiful.  The glory of the continuing of creation.
Later that night, stepping outside into the cool darkness, everything bathed in a silver light, there was a full moon.  It was silent.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Another reminder of the glory of God, and love's abiding presence.
The things that cause worries are not erased, but they do receive a different perspective.  So many reminders of God's presence bring thoughts to a different place yet again, and a beauty all it's own.  So many gifts in this life.
In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy
"O God, you  show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy.  Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."
Joyous Light Evening Worship Service this evening at 6:30 pm
SOV Fundraiser at Sweet Tomatoes, November 4 - 17 (coupon attached to this email)
Men's Night, meets Thursday 6:30 pm at Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne.
Confirmation Class this Sunday November 8th at 10:00 am