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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

God has ordained that entropy increases over time.  So says the second law of thermodynamics, anyway.  SOV's parking lot is a perfect example.  When I came to SOV in 2014, the parking lot was already in rough shape.  Since then, the disorder (entropy) of the system has steadily increased.  People have fretted over this.  Well, fret no longer, brothers and sisters.  The "Pave Our Parking lot" (POP) project is a success.  It's in the cards, so to speak, that you turned in to indicate the amount of financial support you were willing to commit.  Through your generosity, God has provided the means to address the most urgent concerns about the parking lot.  Thanks be to God and to you.

I won't disclose the dollar amount registered so far, but I do want to say that this paving project is important and necessary for SOV's ministry and mission.  Like it or not, motor vehicles are absolutely indispensable for SOV to exist in this suburban context.  Therefore a decent parking lot is a non-negotiable requirement for doing ministry.  And of course, there is the safety issue that many have noted.  For folks with mobility limitations, it's simply unsafe to traverse some portions of the deteriorating pavement.  So dollars contributed to repave the parking lot yield more than practical value.  They make it possible for people to enter the Lord's house with confidence that they have a firm foundation for their Christian walk.

This project will also pave the way for calling a new pastor.  When candidates visit SOV, they will note the recent work and take it as a hopeful sign that this congregation is alive, well, and committed to its mission.  The same can be said of people visiting for Sunday worship.  So on all levels, this decision to repave and repair is a good one.  As it is written by the Prophet Isaiah: "Prepare the way of the Lord… the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…."  Who could have guessed that Isaiah was dreaming of SOV's parking lot?

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Lessons for Sunday, August 21, 2016
Isaiah  58:9b-14
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     10:00 a LLL

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 a worship