Happening Now Blog

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Jill and I have a little garden.  It's almost done — tomatoes, blackberries, peppers, zucchini, and most of the flowers now bow their heads, fold their leaves, and prepare to meet their maker.  We enjoy the produce while it lasts!  Now is the season we think of bounty in field and garden, and harvest already in or almost ready.  But what of the produce and harvest of our own lives?

Our tomatoes were outrageously abundant this year.  Last spring we laid the groundwork for a good harvest.  We built frames of 2 x 12 fir planks to hold good soil.  We used an organic gardening mix from a local landscaper supplemented by home-made compost.  Or I should say, worm-made compost!  We planted, watered, pruned, guided vines, added support as biomass flourished — and prayed for lots of sun to give growth and ripen fruit.

How to lay the groundwork for a good harvest of our own lives?  Church equips us to build a framework, spread good soil, plant seeds or little starts, add water, prune, and support.  Here's how we do that: we help each other learn to pray, to worship, to serve, to forgive, to bless.  God gives the growth; good harvest comes naturally when conditions are right.

Prayer is especially important.  It's a composting technique.  We put the scraps of our lives, our hearts, into God's prayer composter.  Out of our hopes, dreams, frustrations, and fears, God's Spirit makes good soil for the seed of the Word.  Good soil is alive, a community of creatures, humus, and minerals.  Prayer enriches us, enlivens us, makes us ready to grow a good harvest.  God grant us the grace to compost our lives in prayer, so that when we bow our heads, fold our hands, and get ready to meet our maker, we may do so with joy and thanksgiving.

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"But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance."     Luke 8:15

          I never considered myself to be a patient person, far too impatient in lines and traffic.  I'm feeling a bit different now after living with this stroke and the results for 9 months now (sorry just can't get away from the grip this thing has on my life).  Not having seen much progress lately I am in need of an infusion of patience.  Patient endurance is my desire in prayer.  It is the perseverance that I needed from the beginning that I need to continue with now.

          Now I can see the impatience in others that used to be second nature for me and feel badly for them.  The miracles of nature, that I so often write about do require patience to see and to begin to appreciate.  The birds do not mesmerize me on command, but after hours of watching, in other words, patient endurance.  May I know more of that gift so I can continue to see the miraculous around me and be lifted by it.

In the Peace and Power of the Creator,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, October 5th
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                      10:00 am Bible Study w/Pastor Brian

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                     12:00 - 5:00 pm Tabor Voice Studio
Friday         9:00 - 11:30 am KOK Preschool
                    1:00 - 9:00 pm Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     10:00 - 12:00 pm SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Healing Service
(you are invited to come to the kneelers after you have received  communion, to receive a blessing and prayer for healing.  Please share your prayer needs briefly with the anointing minister and know that they will continue to pray for you in the days to come.  If you have a need for prayer, which exceeds the bound of the time available in the service, please see Pastors Brian or Randy, or speak with)

                    Scrip Order
                    Blood pressure
                    Birthday Sunday
                    Adult Sunday School on October 5, a video on Judaism narrated by the actor Ben Kingsley. It will help us understand the background of Christianity by presenting some Old Testament stories and highlighting key spiritual practices of Judaism.  It's about 45 minutes long so we'll start at 9:55 a.m.

Next Week
KOK Fundraiser Night
Monday, October 6th

Papa's Pizza
dine in or take out
**must present flyer (available at church or online  http://www.sovlutheran.com/files/kok/papas2014.pdf

Men's Night has moved to a new night
Tuesday, October 7th, 6:30 pm
Lil' Cooperstown

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, October 7th, 6:00 pm
10350 SW Greenburg Rd Tigard, OR

Council Retreat October 11
9:00 - 4:00 pm
@ The Reserve