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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters..."  Psalm 104:2b-3a

The Psalmist is writing about the vast beauty of creation throughout the whole of this Psalm, here in particular about water of course.  It is often chaotic.  Sometimes the creek in our back yard is a creek, and the sound of the running water is sweet music.  Then it becomes a pond after days of rain.  Walking down to the park it is easy to see why.  The Tualitin River can hold no more water, and the flooding backs up, and those trails we so often walk on are under many feet of water.

A few days after that we can walk parts of those trails again and see just how high the water was.  It is startling and humbling.  This is not about the heart breaking loss that can come with flooding, and yet it is.  There is chaos and beauty all around us.  We scarce can take it in, and sometimes are not even aware of it.

Every time we worship the baptismal font that sits before the altar has some water in it.  That water is still.  Touch it and make the sign of the cross on your forehead.  Be reminded of the One, the Creator of all things.  Be reminded of baptism.  Know that in the chaos of life that self same Creator is present with us.  In the beauty of the mess, in all the waters. 

Flowing along, in the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, we come before you as a hurting people.  Our lives are shaken by the brokenness of the world in which we live.  Father, we ask that you would bring peace to our lives today - not a peace that removes our pain but a peace that reminds us that you love us and are with us in our pain.  Allow us to know that we are never outside your care.  We trust you and thank you for always watching over us, your children.  In Christ.  Amen.
Wednesday  6:30pm Vespers Service