As another work week comes to an end, my scripture reading takes me to Paul's second letter to the church in Corinth. There we find these words....
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comfort us in all our troubles, so that we can
comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves have received from God."
(2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 NIV)
We comfort, you see, because we are comforted. We serve the God of all comfort. If we are truly God's body here on earth, then we are called to comfort the sick, the brokenhearted, and the downtrodden. What greater calling could there ever be than to be a source of comfort to a hurting world?
You might think that you're not a person called to comfort the hurting and the lost. But really, it's not you alone that conveys comfort, but it is God's Spirit and Truth working through you that bring about the comforting. All we must do is speak it, hold it up, draw attention to it, and the love and mercy of God does the comforting for us. God's Word is always comforting. You are just the vessel God uses to carry God's comfort to the hurting.
So join me in praying, Comfort others through me, when we see hurting and despair, when we can't find the right words, or when you see that no one else seems to be taking the lead.
+++ Don't forget to TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK one hour on Saturday night before bed! Enjoy the extra hour of sleep and you won't be an hour early for worship on Sunday!
+++ This coming Sunday we will celebrate ALL SAINTS day in each worship service. We will be remembering the saints whom God has called home in the last year and you are invited to bring a candle from home to adorn the Altar, as you remember others who served as "saints" in your life. This time of remembrance will occur as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at each worship service. Our Scripture this week takes us to John's Gospel account of Jesus feeding 5000 people with five small loaves of bread and two fish. And we will continue our Stewardship emphasis as I offer my message, FOUND FAITHFUL: Faithful in Little". Join us at either 8:30am or 10:00am to be a part of this special time of worship. Our "live-stream" occurs at 10:00am on the church Facebook page and then, of course, we "upload" the completed worship service to our YouTube channel when completed. However you join us, we look forward to "seeing you" at worship on Sunday morning!
+++ Also on Sunday we begin taking orders for holiday DoorSprays. This project supports Immanuel's mission work and you will find a great assortment of colors to choose from. Check out the display in the Narthex on Sunday!
+++ On Tuesday we offer Immanuel's Election Day TURKEY DINNER. The dinner will be served drive-through style again this year, although we are looking at other options for 2024! There are still a few helpers needed, as we communicated in this week's Family News and we need additional apple and pumpkin pies. Check the signup board on Sunday, please! You can also purchase presale tickets after each worship service in the Narthex! A Camillus Election Day tradition continues again this year!
+++ Our church Board of Trustees meet on Wednesday, 11/8 at 4:00pm in the Fireside Room. Trustees please try to be here for this important meeting!
+++ Next Sunday we offer our "Second Sunday Lunch" following the 10:00am worship service. Chef Sam is whipping up his famous "Turkey Surprise" and we will have great food and fellowship together! Please make sure to sign up near the Fireside Room on Sunday so we plan for all attending. Thanks!
Make this day a great day and remember to pray.... Comfort others through me!