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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

I've got prayer shawls on my mind. I've loved the prayer shawls (and the women who make them) since I came to SOV seven months ago. Sometimes, each of us needs a tangible reminder that God loves us and watches out for us. Prayer shawls provide that. Sacraments are called "visible words" — practical promises that God loves us and plans good for us. SOV's prayer shawls are like that — visible, palpable reminders that God cares for us when we feel much in need of care.

I'm thinking of prayer shawls because my spouse, Jill, recently received one from SOV. She's had health challenges that are frustrating, though not life-threatening. When Brenda, one of our prayer shawl creators, learned of Jill's situation, she was moved to make a shawl specially for Jill. Brenda and I picked out a pretty yarn that felt just right. Then Brenda and God worked together on the shawl. A couple weeks ago, I brought it home to Jill. She loves it! She wears it frequently. I know she feels fortunate to be blessed with the gift of this beautiful shawl.

Tomorrow Jill will attend the community luncheon at SOV. After lunch, we'll gather with shawl makers to bless her prayer shawl. Every prayer shawl made by our ministry team receives a blessing prayer from the pastor — either Randy or me — and from the person who's making or giving it. So I thought I'd share a blessing from Psalm 5:11-12, substituting "shawl" for the Psalmist's final word "shield."

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice / let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them / so that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord / you cover them with favor as with a shawl. May you never need one of the prayer shawls, but may God still cover you with favor!

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From Pastor Randy

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God"      Romans 15:7

          Hoping that I haven't overdone a certain aspect of my life, but this has been a long year.  I feel like I lost most of it, thereby also losing touch losing touch with many of you.  So when I lead worship for the first time, it came with no small amount of trepidation.  Being concerned with my lack of concentration and not being the same person, the Christ continues to welcome me with a boundless and sustaining love.   The prayer and laying on of hands was a grand welcome, another reminder of the power of prayer in community.  So many kind words and I thank you for such a warm welcome back. 

In the Power of the Christ,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, November 23rd     Christ the King Sunday
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46


Wednesday      10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Randy
                         7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday         12:00 p  All Church Luncheon

KOK Christmas Greens pick up
Sunday, November 23rd  after worship
Monday, November 24th   9-1 p
Tuesday, November 25th  9-1 p

Need some extra chairs?
SOV is selling the brown padded (worship chairs) $5 ea  and the overflow blue folding chairs  $2 ea
Let Tammy know how many to reserve for you.