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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

A couple years ago my spouse, Jill, came down with a case of pneumonia.  She got over it in a few weeks, but her immune system's response left her with some neurological and perceptual issues.  Her brain now processes visual imagery from each eye differently, which sometimes makes it hard for her to walk properly.  She does a number of things to heal her visual perception.  One is looking at a book of 3-D stereogram images.  When you first see them they're just a bunch of dots, squiggles, and other apparently chaotic two-dimensional patterns.  But if you keep looking and your eyes refocus just right, suddenly deep vision emerges, a three-dimensional pattern snaps into clear view, and you have an epiphany of the maker's true design that lay hidden in the chaos until the moment of revelation.  As Jill works with these images, her vision heals and her ability to walk upright is gradually restored.

We're now in that part of the Church year usually called the Epiphany season.  What's the reason for the season?  Our Sunday Gospel readings are about Jesus beginning his public ministry.  So the spiritual energy of Epiphany is about insight: the eureka of discovering God's presence and awakening to God's way.  The 3-D stereogram images offer a nice analogy.  Our ordinary experience often seems puzzling, presenting chaotic patterns that appear spiritually flat.  But sometimes when the eyes of our heart refocus just right, deep vision of the Maker's will and design snap into focus.  The hidden holy presence comes to light; divinity obscured becomes clear.

How can the eyes of our heart refocus?  By God's Word and Spirit.  God speaks through the voices of everyone we hear, touches us in every moment of ordinary time.  We are never alone and never without the therapy of God's persistent love.  God opens up that epiphany moment.  Deep vision emerges.  Our ability to walk upright following God's way in the world is gradually restored.

God's presence is all around you and God's way lies ahead of you.  Have you lost sight of God?  Don't despair; God is not blind and hasn't lost sight of you. Keep looking.  Insight will come.  God will train the eyes of your heart so you can seek and find what you are looking for.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 17th
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                   10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                    7:00 pm LLL

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool
                   1:00 - 9:00 pm Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     10:00 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services

Scrip Order Sunday, January 17th
If you will not be a worship on Sunday, you can place your scrip order and payment in the scrip mailbox located in the Narthex anytime during the week.

60" round tables are still available for adoption.
There are 6 available. Please let me know if you would like to reserve one. Suggested adoption donation is $20.00

Parish Education is looking for a TV screen for the nursery area located in the loft.
If you have an extra screen you would like to donate please let Rachael Snow know or reply to this email.

Kids of the Kingdom invite young families with children to Winter Family Day
January 30th   10:00 - 12:00 pm.
This is a drop in event for families to come play together.
Enjoy a morning of winter fun with special games, activities, crafts, and snacks for the whole family.