October 6, 2016

We are the Sheep of His Pasture

This Sunday, the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost and The Second Sunday of Pledge Season, there will be two services at 8 and 10 a.m. followed by coffee hour. 

There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, Psalm 66:11, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19.

Forward Movement, publisher of Day by Day, is offering a valuable resource to us in the days leading up to the election on November 8. Called “A Season of Prayer: For an Election”, it is a collection of prayers for our nation, our leaders, elected officials, justice and peace, all from the Book of Common Prayer.

It is a thoughtful collection, set up with a litany and a collect to be prayed each day. I encourage us all to participate in this 30 day season of prayer. The litany and prayers will be provided as a bulletin insert each Sunday until the election. You may also go online to http://news.forwardmovement.org/2016/09/a-season-of-prayer-for-an-election/

Scott Gunn, the Executive Director of Forward Movement says in his invitation to participate, “For Christians, there is always one thing we can do, every one of us. We can pray. We can pray for wisdom, for grace, for patience, for courage, for hope. We can and must pray for those with whom we disagree. Whatever else we do, we must pray. …

At a time when nearly everyone agrees that we are being consumed by fear and division, here is a chance to change the conversation. While we will certainly differ in our politics, we can surely join together in prayer. I hope you will join in this season of prayer. God knows, our country, our leaders, those who seek public office, and those who are voting need all the help we can get. Let us pray.”

Yours faithfully,

This election season has been among the most contentious in recent memory. But whatever our politics, as Christians we always have something we can do. We can pray. For the 30 days leading up to the election, Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join us in a time of prayer. (Read Scott Gunn’s full invitation to prayer here.)

There were animal blessings and a goodbye for Deacon Kevin. See the many more pictures in the gallery below.

We are the sheep of his pasture~ Please remember to pick up your stewardship packet from the piano on Sunday. All others will be mailed next week.  After prayerful consideration please return your pledge form and “sheep” either to the collection plate here or in the return envelope provided.  Our ingathering and celebration will be on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6th.  Thank you for being a part of this flock. ~Stewardship Committee.

The Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet on Wed, October 12th at the Mt. View Station Restaurant. If you have questions, please contact Dale Appleton.

Food Pantry item for October is  Deoderant (for Men and Women). Thank you for your contributions of these items.

Some of you requested a copy of the blessing that was used last Sunday. It's called the Four Fold Franciscan Blessing, and follows:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

And may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

See you in Church!  

Production and editing:

Deb Hoyt

Photo Gallery- 
Lisa Thompson, Photographer

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