Weekly Contact- May 15, 2014

Hello there,

This coming Sunday will be our last with two services.  Starting Memorial Day weekend and going through Labor Day, we shift to only one service at 9:00

So this will be the close of our Sunday School year and we will be honoring all those who have been working so hard in our Christian Education programs.  There will also be a reception in the social room following the first service.

It will also be the last Sunday the Chancel Choir sings before the summer break.  We are so grateful to the hard work of Laurel Klinkenberg and all the members of the choir enriching our time of worship.

We also want to thank all those who help out with our praise team in our Synergy service.  You all rock!

I will be preaching this Sunday on a scripture passage that is often heard at memorial services, but in my 29 years of ministry, I have only preached on it twice in regular worship.  The text is John 14:1-12, and I have entitled my sermon “Untroubled Hearts.”

Finally, on Sunday afternoon, I will be out at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, participating in the installation service of their new pastor, the Rev. Nathan Williams.  I will be giving Nathan a charge.  If you don’t know what that is, it is kind of like a commencement speech for one person.  I am supposed to give Nathan inspiring advice and profound wisdom as he goes forward leading the Echo Hill congregation.

This is the time of year when many are graduating and starting a new chapter in their lives.  Here is a little snippet of a commencement address given some years ago by the novelist Tom Clancy:

“I will now give you your last lesson in metaphysics.  Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn’t have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away… The only way that your dream can die is if you kill it yourself…If you hold onto it, you may grow old, but you will never be old. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the ultimate success.”

Nothing is as real as a dream and no one can take your dream away.  Good advice for anyone.

Stay in One Peace,