Good afternoon everyone.
REMEMBER – This Sunday, June 10, we will begin worship at 10:00 a.m. (no adult Sunday School for the summer.)
How do we keep our issues, problems, hurts, challenges, insults, in perspective? In II Corinthians 4: 13 - 5:1, Paul refers to his problems (and they were many!) as slight, momentary afflictions. Speaking for me, my afflictions do not feel slight or momentary when they are battering my body, heart, mind, and soul. Do you know what I mean? When I am stressed, getting from “overwhelmed” to “slight and momentary affliction” does not sound doable. So what is Paul’s secret? Does it work for us? Can we make peace with our stress?
Join us for an informal, friendly hour of singing, praying, worshiping, meeting and greeting.
See you in church at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday.
Someone is calling you.
Do you remember being that little girl or boy playing outside with your neighborhood friends, the sun is slipping beneath the horizon, the daylight is moving into the mysteriously lit dusk, and the voice you did not want to hear calls out: “Michael, time to come inside!” Do you remember dating in high school, nervously waiting to either receive or place the call to your girlfriend or boyfriend? Do you remember being called on in class at school to answer the one question that you did not know the answer to?
Someone is calling you. Even today. No matter how young or old you are. You are being called.
I learned that the word vocation is what we often think of as something we do with our lives. We pursue vocations to teach, manage a business, be a nurse, become a contractor, or preach. What I learned is that the root of the word vocation is the Latin word for voice. Vocation is not something we do, it is something we hear. Something we listen for. Something we listen to.
Someone…some voice…is calling you. We hear different calls for the different stages of our lives. But echoing somewhere in the depths of who you are is a voice calling you to a new place, a new way of being you.
Over these summer weeks, take some time. Sit quietly for ten minutes ever day. Listen. Someone…something…is calling you. What you are being called to be or do is very important. It is the next step in your life. As Jesus says to his followers, “Let anyone with ears, listen!”
Have a blessed summer everyone!
Good morning sisters and brothers,
We have planned a beautiful, joyful, and meaningful time together this coming Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Powerful liturgy and song will form the backbone of the service, but there is more! Together we will hear the Apostle Paul tell us of his total commitment to the coming Kingdom of God. We will honor the total commitment of our brothers and sisters who embody that kingdom in our community today. The service will conclude with the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The table is a big one. There is plenty of room for you! I hope to see you and your family in church.
May the grace, peace, and joy of the Risen Christ be with you,
PS – the final adult class will take place at 9:45 a.m. in the lounge.
E-mail announcements and updates will be posted here in place of the devotions and messages from the pastor during our transition and search process.