April 2009 Weaver - From the Pastor|
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.” Psalm 85:8 NRSV
Do you ever wonder if anyone is listening? Have you been caught not listening? A teacher asked you a question and your mind was miles away, you didn't even hear your name. A spouse reminds you of an event you have forgotten about, you really don't even remember being told about it. Well I could go on but you get the gist—we often don't listen. Or, we listen but our minds take us someplace else and we hear sounds but they don't make any sense.
The words or prayer of the Psalmist is: “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak...” The Psalmist wants to be confident that he is hearing the “word of the Lord.” The prophets came with confidence, “Thus says the Lord.” They spoke with an assurance they were sharing the word of God with the people of God. We are not sure we hear the voice or that confidence any more. Who among us can speak with authority, “Thus says the Lord!” There are too many conflicting noises and sounds out there. We ask how we can be sure it is the voice of the Lord.
I wonder. Is it because we may have stopped listening? Our lives are filled with noise and sound. There is seldom a quiet place for us to listen or a quiet moment for us listen. We fail to make a quiet place to listen. There are too many demands, too many meetings, too many school events, there is just too much going on for us to take the time to stop and listen. And when we do stop we fall asleep and don't hear anyway!|
We celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter this month. We will hear again of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We will hear again the story of the anguish in the garden and the cries from the cross. We will celebrate again Resurrection. Palm leaves will wave, tears may be shed as we again eat and drink in remembrance and voices may be raised in celebration (but not too loud – we are Baptists) on Easter. Yet, in all of this will we hear the word of the Lord?
I would urge you to read the Passion narratives with a determination to "hear" what God the Lord will speak through them. Will we hear it differently this year? If we open our ears, our minds, to God will we see a new insight, hear a new voice, a new challenge or a new message for us? I don't know. But I do know that if we don't listen we won't hear.
April Scripture and Sermons|
April 5 Palm Sunday – Communion
Exodus 6:2-9; Matthew 21:1-11; 26:26-30
“How Did It Come to This?”
Exodus 12:33-42, 50-51; Luke 24:36-49
“You Are Witnesses”
Judges 6:36-40; John 20:24-29
“Do We Still Doubt?”
Lamentations 5:1-5, 19-22; Matthew 7:24-29
“Yeah, So What!”
Our Lenten Journey
Palm Sunday, April 5
Maundy Thursday - April 9
5:30 p.m. Dinner
(Chris Plourde, Chef)
6:30 p.m. Communion Worship
Easter Sunday - April 12
Breakfast 9:30 a.m.
Resurrection Celebration 11:00 a.m.
Email address: is your email address current with us????
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