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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"God made the two great lights - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars." Genesis 1:16

Sunday was a wild one, with God's powerful presence apparent in all sorts of ways.  It had been raining hard during the night so it was a pleasant surprise, on Sunday morning, to see the moon and stars shining so clearly.  So I stood in the driveway a bit, taking in the celestial bounty.  And during the day it was a constant back and forth, between dousing rains and hail, and bursts of sun and blue sky.  It captivated me during our worship time and through the rest of the daytime hours.  And when evening came the Lord tossed in a little light not mentioned in the creation account of Genesis.  Lightning flashed brilliantly on the drive home from the variety show.  And the wind blew.  The rain poured.  And then later that night the back yard was lit up by the silver light of a just past full-moon high in the sky.  And the night was still, except for the occasional tree frog and the suddenly renewed creek running through the trees below.  It was astoundingly lovely. 

All a reminder to me that when God set the creation in motion He did not walk away, but is still creating now.

The day was also like a microcosm of life itself.  Moving in fits and starts.  Beautiful, challenging, somehow all necessary, always changing. 

Sunday was a wild one.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Infinite and Creator God, you alone hold the secrets of the history of the universe; you alone know the mysteries of life and of love; you alone comprehend the purposes of good and evil.  Even beyond time and space, you probe the farthest reaches of eternity.  We marvel at your majesty.  We revere your holiness.  We are humbled by your love and care for us.  We trust in your eternal purposes and plans, knowing that you are good and faithful.  Amen."
WEDNESDAY  6:30 pm    Vesper Service
                      7:00 pm    Adult Choir Practice
THURSDAY   12:00pm All Church Luncheon (everyone is invited)
           Special offering to be taken for Thanksgiving Food Baskets
           Bring canned food for Thanksgiving Food Baskets;
                   Rice (1/2 pound bags)
                   Flour (5 pound bag)
                   Canned vegetables (corn or green beans)
                   Cooking oil
                   Boxed Stuffing Mix
                   Canned cranberry sauce

Friday, October 22, 2010

Free Diabetes Clinic Nov 6, 9am

Your Health Team would like to share with you an upcoming Free Diabetes Clinic. 

Saturday, November 6, 9am
Tuality Health Education Center, Hillsboro
(free, RSVP 503-681-1700)

If you or someone you know is affected by Diabetes please consider attending this clinic. If you have further questions or would like to carpool please contact Corrine Gilbertson.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Child First Aid and CPR Training

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is having a Child First Aid and CPR training on Monday, October 25, from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Church.

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone that is interested for this certification to join us.  It may be that you have young ones at home or a teenager who is baby-sitting and this training would be very helpful.

The cost will be between $32-26 per person.  Please email kokpreschool@gmail.com to let us know that you are coming.  Any questions can be directed to Linda Rasmussen or Wendy Roeder.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you." 2nd Corinthians 13:12

Whenever I read those words of Paul, or some form of them, I can't help but smile a bit.  It makes me think about how much the "passing of the peace" has changed in my time as a pastor.  From a time when it just was not done, to a time when (in some places at least) in can go on for a quite a while.  I know it still makes some folks feel quite uncomfortable, and this is not an admonition to take part, or condemnation if you really don't want to. ( But, my goodness, how uncomfortable it would be if we were to greet with a holy kiss.)  There are even instructions, in a book called "Here I Stand", on "How to share the peace in church."  This is a book that is used at least a bit in confirmation programs.

In particular I thought of those words, and our passing of the peace the other day when Choice and I went for a walk.  We walk often at Rood Bridge Park, and on it's miles of trails we often meet folks and usually say "Hello" in passing.  It is not a big deal, just a part of my nature, and often times there is no greeting in return.  Every one's nature is different.  Still, on that Sunday afternoon, as the sun shone and the smells of fall filled the air, every person that we greeted responded in kind.  It made me smile.  Not a big deal, but a sweet touch none the less. 

And that then made me think of a writing by Walter Wangerin called "Edification/Demolition" where he offers these words, "There are no useless, minor meetings.  ..... There are no pointless lives.  Swallow your sorrows, forget your grievances and all the hurt your poor life has sustained.  Turn your face truly to the human before you and let her, for one pure moment, shine.  Think her important, and then she will suspect that she is fashioned of God."

It is a way to grant one another peace. 

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, the generosity of your Spirit is evident all around us in the diversity and pageantry of your creation.  May our giving to your mission  and ministry be cheerful, open-handed and gracious, as we give thanks for our blessings and recognize the needs of our neighbors, both near and around the world.  Amen."
Wednesday  Vesper Service         6:30p
                     Adult Choir Practice 7:00p
Thursday     Stewardship Meeting  10:00a
                    LLL                          10:00a
                    Council Meeting         7:00p
Friday          Confirmation Retreat   7:00p
Saturday     Pumpkin Carving 2:00 - 4:00p

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

Greetings to the family of Christ at SOV,

A month ago  I wrote about music changes and quoted from Martin Marty's Context.  Mentioned then that the publication was winding down and received the nearly last one that covers what he covered from 1978 to 1985.  Hope you don't mind if some of the things that stood out for me are now shared with you.  They are things that make me go "hmmm".

First there is this piece from educator Parker Rossman, from October 1981, and the future he was writing about is already past, "Electronic communications had at first seemed a danger: isolating people, making them passive...For a time there had been less travel, fewer meetings, and much more time had been spent in front of the television or home computer. [But by] the year 2000, families and congregations were using electronic networks to grow closer, to  keep in daily touch, so that the elderly, children, single people, teenagers, and everyone in the congregation was surrounded with a network of enfolding, caring love. Where one-way communication had been oppressive, propagandizing, even tyrannical at times, two-way communication could be personalized, loving, caring growth-producing, drawing people into continuing dialogue and conversation. Spiritually, church people in 2000 were also in continuous, closer contact with Christians all over the world; a global network of acquaintance and concern which was bringing world peace close and helping people join their efforts in solving global problems."  Ten more years have passed.  How is that working out?

And then there is this quote from philosopher and Christian mystic Simone Weil, "Why should I worry?  It's not my business to think of myself.  My business is to think of God.  It's his business to think of me." 

Sort of an easy out I suppose, but I may return to Context again from time to time.  Does it make you think too?

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we thank you for equipping us through your Word to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  It is our desire to your your Word, receive it and respond to it in obedience.  Where our desire falters, we ask for courage.  Where our will is weak, we ask for strength.  Speak to us, we pray, the word of conviction, of encouragement, of comfort or of teaching that we most need to hear, for you alone know our hearts.  Amen."
This Week

Wednesday   6:30p Vesper Service
                     7:00p  Adult Choir practice
Household items needed for a KOK family
- Microwave
- 2 queen beds
If you have items that you would like to donate please contact Tammy or Wendy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

".... and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

It seems so simple, but sometimes we can make it so complicated.  Jesus said much the same thing as the prophet.  Remember his words about "loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving our neighbor as ourselves" (loosely from Matthew 22:37-39).  It seems so basic. 

But we can argue about what is just, and who our neighbors are, and how it is that we really show our love for God.  Semantics get involved, and then emotions, and how can they not?  And then we can fight about loving God, and be anxious about loving others in the right way.  And humility?  That may be the first casualty in our quest to show who is the most just in loving God the best.

Sometimes we are a curious lot.  Wanting things simple, but inventing and inviting complications at the same time.  What is this apropos  of?  Nothing in particular and everything in general I suppose.  Just that sometimes when it seems things might be simple, they get complicated all over again.  But the Lord's directive and invitation still stands.  And in the midst of this sometimes self-invented adventure He loves us still, and always will.  Even though sometimes he must shake his head in wonderment.  (Or maybe that is just me.)

Thanks for the love Lord, because the adventure surely continues.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Merciful Savior, you loved the world so much that you gave your all - your very life - for us.  We often receive your outrageous gift imperfectly, forgetting the abundance of it, and living instead in poverty of spirit.  We often reject the grace you freely offer and cling instead to guilt and shame.  We often deny your gift's liberating power and live instead in fear.  Grant us, we pray, courage and faith to live as children of a risen and saving Christ.  Amen."
This Week
Thursday     American Red Cross Blood Drive
                   1:30-7:00 pm (call 1.800.red.cross)

                   Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza 6:30p
Saturday     Compassion Clinic @ Barnes Elementary
                   (visit www.CompassionBeaverton.org)
Sunday       Youth Group Meeting 12:00p
                   All 7- 12th grade youth and parents

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Newsletter

Now available on line (http://bit.ly/sovnews) Hard copies are also available in the church Narthex.