Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pastor's weekly message

"....worship God in spirit and in truth." John 4:24
The truth is we can worship God in any and all places.  Which is a perfect reason (or excuse) for some to never set foot inside of a church sanctuary.
The truth is I can understand, and often do offer praise of God outside of the sanctuary of a church.  Nature provides many opportunities and many surprises.  But sometimes the sanctuary provides surprises too, and it may not be at all what some consider to be a separate and holy place.  (Maybe not separate but certainly holy, we are surrounded by holy space.)
Last Sunday our own space was just such a place.  Still recovering from the flood, the refrigerator from the kitchen was in the rear of the worship space.  Some mentioned it looked a bit like an "efficiency apartment". Earlier, when I turned to the altar for the confession, in the near silence, I could hear the coffee urn percolating.  Somehow it almost seemed fitting, the coffee getting ready during confession in a Lutheran church.
Worship God "in spirit and in truth".  It may take a while to unpack everything that that means, but maybe we get it bit by bit, both outside and in.  Thanks for the constant presence amidst the surprises Lord.
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Lord, you have commanded us not to worry, yet we confess that we spend so much time doing just that.  We confess our lack of trust in you.  Help us surrender our fears and concerns to you, knowing that your hand is in every aspect of our lives.  Turn our hearts toward yours and draw us close to you.  Thank you for your continued patience and forgiveness.  Amen."

This Week

10:00 a Bible Study
                     CHEVY'S FUNDRAISER...
                     Support SOV Youth, Good All Day
                     on dine-in or take-out, just mention 
                     you are with SOV Youth Group

Thursday      10:00 LLL
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           9:00 - 11:30 KOK Preschool

Saturday      Food Bank / Thrivent event @ SOV

Flood update; painting is completed both upstairs and downstairs. Cabinets have been installed, vinyl will be installed today, Thursday the sink will be set, as well as ceiling tiles installed downstairs.

When the cabinets were installed it was discovered the new sub floor was a bit higher then previous therefore the back splash needed to be removed.  Kevin (claims adjuster) has allowed for new back splash and counter top. Monday the sink will be removed, new Formica and back splash installed and sink reset and functioning again by next Sunday. Progress is being made steadily.