When it rains, it pours! As southern California braced for “Storm Watch” this week we were indeed reminded of what rain looks and feels like and the potential damage it can bring in its wake. Often in life we may feel like it is pouring and we are being swept away by the complexities we face in our daily lives but just like an umbrella at the ready, God is ready to be our shelter in the storms and refuge from the chaos of life.
But it is also pouring goodness and gusto on our congregation as our family of faith continues to dive deeply into God’s word as we are swept up in the scriptures and the story of God’s amazing love for us through all time and history. I hope everyone has been able to experience the enthusiasm that is building each week. Everyone is welcome to jump on board!
Sometimes God is portrayed as a “party-pooper” with rules and laws that seem to interfere with our freedom and revelry. But upon careful examination we discover that God’s guidelines for life are provided by a loving God that wants to help us live a life full of goodness and joy. God’s laws, including the almighty Ten Commandments can be summed up in two phrases – Love God; Love others. This Sunday as we explore the great commandments of God we will also begin to understand God’s great desire to dwell among us and experience life with us as hear the story of God’s people at Mt. Sinai.
Unfortunately, grief has also been pouring into our community as many families in our congregation and community have recently lost a loved one. Next weekend our church will be host to 3 memorial services for families in our midst. On Saturday, September 26 – services for Rich Gates will be at 10:30 AM and for Lois Leestma at 3:30 PM. On Sunday, September 27 we will have services for Dan Stow’s parents. This is one of our most honored duties as a church to provide services for families who have lost someone special so I hope that if you are available you might be able to offer some help as an usher for one of these services or help our deacons with receptions in the fellowship hall.
Worship this Sunday will also include a moment of audaciousness as we are reminded of our faith in God and in each other as this unique family of faith called CHPC.
In His Service,
Rev. Lissa Smith