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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Amos 5:2

As I write this I think of those words, and then of a speech that was given on this date (August 28th) 50 years ago. That is quite a passage of time, for the speech of course, and then tag on a couple thousand more years for the words of the prophet.

The desire for justice and righteousness has been there for so long, and sometimes it seems just as far away now as it has ever been. Things look to be a mess. There are so many judgments. There is such a vast chasm between races and nations. Maybe I am overstating the case, but if the news is to be believed, I do not think that I am.

Can we then still hang on to the word of God spoken by Micah? We must, because in them is borne the promise of hope. In spite of the things that seem to go in the opposite direction of justice we cannot afford to cast that hope aside.

May God work justice and righteousness through us.

In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, you desire to fill us with good things, to share your abundant life with us, to pour out your Spirit upon us. You give us the gift of your presence. You lavishly grace us with your mercy and forgiveness. Your word speaks to us of your purposes and your will. Your prophets old and new proclaim your message of love and healing. Despite our turning aside, lour busyness, our distractions, you never stop inviting us to listen. Thank you for patience and for your love that is everlasting. Amen."

September 1st: One Service at 10:30 am

Beginning September 8th
Fall Worship Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars that you have established"  Psalm 8:3

I have written about the moon in this space before.  This is the perfect time to do so again, tonight there is a full moon high in the sky.  It is also a Blue moon and there won't be another one of those until 2015.  Native Americans called the full moon at this time of year the Full Sturgeon Moon, and farmers called it the Green Corn Moon.

All that being said I just know that it came into view as Taylor, Avery and I were finishing a bike ride.  It sat, seemingly, at the end of the street, and it was beautiful. I have stepped outside several more times just to look at it, and in a last night time viewing this beautiful work of the Creator's hand is bathing the back yard in a gentle silver light.  The evening is mild, with a soft breeze stirring the leaves and the crickets adding a chorus of praise to the whole sweet setting.

Thanks for these moments of appreciation and peace Lord.

As always, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Thank you for the gift of your love, which strengthens us and enables us to do more than we could ever imagine.  Thank you for Jesus, who came that we might know what a life of perfect love looks like, may we continue to learn and live from his life.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                     6:30 p  Little Lambs Choir practice

Thursday     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday         Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons (upper loft)

Saturday     2:00 p - 3:00 p SOV Band Rehearsal  
                   3:00 p - 4:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                   5:30 p Baby Shower for Baby Nathan and Amy Kingston


**Adult Sunday School will begin September 15 with the focus on "Prayer" by Philip Yancey, having the book will be helpful for the class (you can order used books on line as low at $4.95 to new copies under $20 or at local book stores)

**Kids of the Kingdom is enrolling for Fall 2013, please visit their website www.sovlutheran.com/kok for more information or pick up a pamphlet and registration form at the church.

**One worship service on September 1 @ 10:30 a

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pastors Weekly Message

"She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple."  Proverbs 31:22

That is one of many examples in scripture that point to purple as being a color of royalty, finery, an especially rich color.  That is why the robe put on Jesus, even if it was meant as a mockery, was the purple befitting a king.

I bring this up because of such a royal color in our yard.  There was the butterfly bush, which is nearly done blooming, and the iris of such a hue that have long since ceased.  Now there is a plant by the name of "liatris spicata", at least that is one name for it.  It does have other names as well, such as "button snake-wort, prairie gay feather and dense blazing star".  I am sticking with the blazing star reference myself.  This particular one is a deep purple, and in most cases tall and state, though a few plants have chosen to curl around a bit.  The bee's like them, as do the butterflies and humming birds.

They are a reminder of royal beauty around still, and not just in those flowers incidentally, but maybe they get us to thinking and paying attention.  Maybe we, ourselves, are the royalty in the eyes of a God whose love for us knows no bounds.

Thanks for the beauty Lord,
Pastor Randy

"Creator of all things, we are excited and expectant to meet with you anew again today.  May we be so in tune with your Spirit that we are willing to set aside our best-laid plans to follow your leading.  Guide our time and fill our moments.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:30 p Little Lambs Choir practice

Thursday      10:00 a LLL

Friday           Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons (upstairs loft)

This and That

New Member Sunday; September 8th, if you would like to become a member of SOV please contact Tammy.

School Partnership Network school begins in less than a month, if you would like to become a part of churches helping schools and volunteering one day a week or month at McKinley Elementary please contact Tammy and we will forward your information to the school to be put on the volunteer schedule and coordinate your background check.