May the fourth be with you, Friends! On this 4th of May, here are some words from Colossians 3 for us to consider....
"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
One of the most interesting of all natural phenomena is the nightly return of the "fairie penguins" to their rookery in the sand dunes off southern Australia.
These penguins, only about a foot in height, swim for days, even weeks, fishing for food. As dusk approaches, one or more groups of fairie penguins return home. As if the waves are spurting ink onto the sand, they spill out of the surf, then assemble together in tight clusters, gathering the courage to cross the naked sands. They make a bold dash for the dunes, hopping up and over any obstacles they encounter, each penguin hobbling toward its nest on a well-worn, tiny path.
Once at home, each penguin greets his or her "spouse" at the opening of the sandy cave. They peck at each other as if kissing. Fairie penguins usually mate for life, and they take equal responsibility for nurturing their young. Amazingly, God has instilled in these little creatures the truth that a house should be a home -- a place where love, respect, and fellowship reside, and where spouses work as a team.
God is in the business of building homes. If your house is just a house and needs some remodeling to make it a home, invite God to do the work.
I build great homes. --- GOD
+++ It is a GARAGE SALE weekend! Sale hours are Thursday and Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 12:00 noon, when there will be a $5.00 BAG SALE. You have lots of time to find a treasure or two so stop in and check out the selection! And thanks to all who have worked so hard on this fund-raising program for our church!
+++ On Sunday we worship at 8:30am and 10:00am and we celebrate the 5th Sunday of Easter! Our lectionary text takes us to John 14 and my message, "People Who Believe and Will Not Give Up" has me thinking about our dreams and God's dreams and how those should line up in perfect harmony. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at each service and we hope to see you in the Sanctuary in person or online for our 10:00am Facebook "live-stream" or the "upload" to YouTube after the service is completed. However you join us, we can't wait to worship with you on Sunday!
+++ Following worship we will offer an informational time to hear about and discuss the current situation in our United Methodist Church denomination. We can bring you up to date, dispel some rumors and try to answer questions you may have about issues like human sexuality, disaffiliation, and schism within the church. Rest assured we will NOT be taking any action at this gathering, just hearing updates and trying to answer your questions! Come with an open mind and heart as we share the current realities of the United Methodist Church.
+++ It's a big week for meetings around here next week! SPRC and FINANCE Teams both meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday night and then our ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL meets at 6:45pm, also on Tuesday night. If you are a member of any of these teams, please try to be present to help us conduct the business of the church!
+++ Next Sunday, May 14th, we will offer our monthly Service of Healing Prayer and Anointing at 12:00 noon in the Fireside Room. If you or someone you know has a need for healing (either physical, emotional, or relational), please plan to join us for this time of worship and prayer.
Make this day a great day and invite God to be an equal partner in building your home!