November 2009 Weaver – From the Pastor|
|“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Thanksgiving and the first Sunday in Advent are a part of November this year. We are reminded of the passing days, things needed to be accomplished and tasks that must be completed before another day passes. We may have too much on our plate and feel we cannot accomplish all we need to. There is little time for "thanks giving" and even less time for prayer.
Zephaniah reminds us of one thing: our God is with us in all of this. Our God takes delight in being a part of our lives and wants to lead us to those quiet moments of peace. In the midst of busy days God seeks to bring us to a place of peace and rest: God's presence. Our God delights in our being.
These next two months are busy months in the life of our congregation (aren't they all?). Yes, but these seem often the busiest. In addition to Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas we have Pledge Sunday, a budget to prepare for 2010 and a building that needs to get ready for the winter. We are busy and the demands keep coming. We long for the quiet places promised.
There seems to be more work to do and few people willing to do it. We look around and long for more laborers. And we, like those who are not laboring, long for the quiet places of peace and rest. How can we get everything done and still find the quiet places? By joining together in doing the work! Now this may seem like a simple solution but “many hands do sometimes make light work.”|
We are not asking for days but just an hour or two. I think our pledge cards should not only have a space for our financial contribution but also a place for our “time” contribution. What would happen if each of us pledge a few hours each week to the church? An hour or two to help with a project or fold the newsletter, etc. What if we decided that the tithe of our time was as important as the tithe of our money? Could we change the world? Maybe. And, we would find we ALL would have more time for those quiet moments. More time to reflect on God's delight in us and more time to hear God rejoicing over us with singing. Ever wonder what God sounds like singing?
Pledge some of your time and maybe you will!!!
November Scripture and Sermons
Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-14
Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Mark 12:41-44
“A Widow's Faith”
Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:19-25
Psalm 93; John 18:33-37
“Who Told You?”
First Sunday in Advent
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-26
“Is He Coming?”
For our Thanksgiving Sunday worship our emphasis is on “being Happy!” What has made you happy in 2009? Who has made you happy in 2009? How creative can we be in sharing our happiness? Who knows – come and find out. You won't know unless you are here!
As we celebrate our “Wings to Reading” program our sister congregation in Lynnwood, Good Shepherd, is celebrating the rapid progression of the Senior Housing facility. If you have not driven by lately do so and see what is being accomplished. They are looking forward to the first tenants moving in late this spring – keep them in your prayers. We celebrate with them this great accomplishment – an answer to prayer as is our Wings!!