There are some weeks where the domino factor is felt more keenly than others, where one seemingly ordinary event sets a string of actions in motion. If I had just been on time with information I needed to get to the office staff then we might not have felt the crush of time by the end of the week when equipment decided to fail. One domino striking another as we watch helplessly the structure begins to collapse. But then the sun sets, and it rises again and we have a new beginning.
I am so glad that I trust a God with a short memory for my failings and an endless reserve of love and forgiveness, a God who knows my very being and chooses to embrace me with the grace and mercy of salvation, with the hope of redemption. My God, my God, your love poured out on me restores my soul.
This Sunday in worship we always have an opportunity to have our souls restored as we sing and pray and listen together. This week our scripture from Colossians 1:3-10 reminds us that when we feel like we have no direction that the instructions are right in front of us through the example of Jesus Christ and word of God. Some assembly is required in life and without instructions the building process can get very frustrating.
There will be a wonderful reminder of how we are called to be a family of faith this Sunday as we present to our 3rd and 4th graders their Bibles in worship followed by a lunch for the children and their families as they have a workshop on how to use their Bibles.
This week has been hectic to say the least as Staci, Kathie and I prepare for a week of study leave at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina beginning Monday. We will be attending the “More Than None” conference convened by Dr. Rodger Nishioka. The conference is offered to help understand the growing number of people in the U.S. who resist identifying themselves with a particular religious tradition. They are not atheists. They are not apathetic. They often describe themselves as people who are seeking to know God. We will be seeking what it might look like to fellowship with those who seek God outside the walls of the institutional church.
There are always ways to get involved and give back to the community. Our deacon Blood Drive is coming on October 20 and it just takes a few clicks of the mouse to reserve your spot when you go to our web site or you can sign up on the patio following worship. Our annual Trunk or Treat event is always a fun way to share ourselves with our neighbors. Let’s keep finding ways to share our story!
In His Service,
Rev. Lissa Smith