Weekly Contact – March 27, 2014

Hello there,

First off, the April issue of The First Press is available.  You may download it by clicking here.  If you would like a paper copy, they are available in various locations around the church building.

Maybe it is because of traveling to Scotland or maybe it is because of my own Cornish ancestry, but I find many of the ideas expressed in Celtic spirituality to be meaningful.  The Celts have a way of juxtaposing contrasting images that create a whole new way of thinking.  This morning I was reading a Celtic prayer that asked God to “hold me in the bright dungeon of your love.”  At first I was taken aback.  God does not have dungeons.  But then I thought of one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 139 that reads in part, “Where can I go from your spirit?  Or where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in the grave, you are there. Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

The darkest part of God is brighter than the brightest day to us, and God’s presence is ever with us.  I talked a bit about God’s presence in last Sunday’s sermon.  We do have the Sunday’s sermons available on our website.  If you would like to check it out, you can click here.

Pastor Beth will be preaching this coming Sunday.  She will be continuing our Lenten sermon series “Give it Up For Lent.”  This week her text will be 1st Samuel 16:1-13 and she will be talking about giving up your prejudices.   In the first service, Nicole Theis will be playing the piano for the introit.  For special music, once again Dr. Todd Schendel will be playing his trombone.

Finally, we will be hosting the Family Promise guests this coming week.  As you probably know Family Promise is a wonderful ministry that provides shelter and support for families who happen to be homeless.  We need some more volunteers, particular those who can stay overnight at church.  If you can help in any way, contact the church office or Sheila Myers.

Stay in One Peace,