February 24, 2019

February 24th, 2019

We had a “cozy” service last week in the Knapp room as the sanctuary seemed a bit too chilly.  Reverend Rawls led us through the imagery of trees...planted near streams of water as we must be planted near God’s living water...yielding fruit in season and not withering.  We must “choose to be people of blessing.”

In our prayers this week, we will keep each of those we named last Sunday.   Last Sunday was also the anniversary of our son Jamie’s heaven date.  Both the Beatitudes and the hymn “Be now My Vision” of last week’s service were are part of his funeral six years ago.  Although sad reminders, they were also some of the many coincidences that remind us of God’s mercy. 

Reverend Carol Rawls will continue to lead us through this week’s new testament reading Luke 6:27-38 on “loving your enemies, doing good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.”  Jeff Junker will be our lay worship leader.

A Forest Benediction, a poem by Jess Wilson, can be found at the following link: http://www.stilljournal.net/jessd-wilson-poetry.php

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February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day❤️  

Love to all....no exceptions!

 

Last week, Reverend Rawls had us thinking about the call of the apostles Simon, James, and John.  First, the apostles were busy when Jesus called them.  They did not merit his calling.  It was just his grace.  She talked about the concept of process theology...where God meets us where we are...but we need to be in a place for Him to lead us...and takes us from there.  Such a mercy if we are busy, distracted, on a wrong path, confused, angry, or just plain tired.

 

Prayers this week continue for Claudia, her mom, and her family as her mom undergoes surgery and Claudia remains in Germany.  We also pray for the daughters of Rev Stevenson and Rev Rawls.  

 

We also remember Ed Broadbent...if my calendar is right, his birthday is Valentines Day... even if I’m wrong, it’s a good opportunity to thank God for the Broadbents!

 

Last week, we were blessed to sing “Amazing Grace” together....this week, “Be Thou my Vision” is is on the docket.  And Carlos always gives us a beautiful music for meditation.

 

We are pleased Reverend Carol Rawls will be our guest minister this Sunday.  Our Scripture reading  Luke 6:17-26 is the “beatitudes” but the reading does not just outline the blessings, but also the “woes.” 

 

Thanks to Carolyn and Ron Tyson as our worship leaders Sunday morning.  

From the Backcountry ...

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February 7, 2019

...just as a reminder that its still winter.   

Last Sunday, we received Diane Stevenson as our preacher.  She tackled the tough lesson of Jesus not performing very many miracles in his home town.  Reverend Stevenson outlined the concept that we too should not just focus on our own and presumably those like us. We need to find our strength in the closeness of one another and then GO OUT to do God’s work.  

Our very special prayers go out to Reverend Stevenson and her family.  She mentioned in her prayers that her daughter was in a Copenhagen hospital with a high risk pregnancy. 

This week we welcome the Rev. Carol Rawls. The New Testament Reading is Luke 5:1-11.  Her sermon is entitiled “Call to Commitment” reflecting on the story of Jesus calling his disciples, Simon Peter, James and John.  Jesus instructed them where to put their nets for an “amazing“ catch, and then....

”... they left everything and followed him.  ”

Our thanks to Sally Lou McDonald our worship leader this Sunday.

Rev. Rawls is a retired Minister in the Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ). She and her husband John live in Redding, Connecticut. They are blessed with 4 adult children and five grandchildren. Carol’s passions include family, Social Justice, Spirituality and Nature.