1. Happy Thanksgiving! I'm praying your Thanksgiving is filled with warmth, love, grace, and His best!
2. Our annual congregational meeting to elect officers will be immediately after the second service on December 2.
3. This year's new officer training will be held on December 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall over BYOBBL (viz., bring your own brown bag lunch). We also invite anyone else - especially new family of faith members in the past few years - who is interested in how Christians in our part of the Kingdom called the PCUSA govern themselves. It can be confusing. Simply, we are not hierarchical (dictators or entitled) or congregational (everybody voting on everything) but connectional which takes a few seconds to explain. So if you're being ordained/installed, new to the family and want to know more, forgot how we govern ourselves, or whatever, see you on Sunday!
4. Several folks have requested a copy of last Sunday's pastoral prayer. Though our prayers are not scripted as our worship services are increasingly Spirit-led, here are some notes and recollections:
So much going on; and we can't keep up with it: the
Arabs and Jews are going at it again in the Middle
East and this one threatens to draw some big boys
into the fray, the East Coast is a mess after Sandy
and the weather isn't stopping for us to catch up,
the nation is more divided than since Vietnam,
nobody trusts anybody, a general goes down
trimmed by seductresses and must bear
consequences for those choices despite the
hypocrisy of those who call him out yet remain
silent and inactive as the nation's moral fiber
increasingly unravels before our eyes, and on
and on and on and...
Lord, it's a mess.
We're a mess.
The world, nation, even churches that should
know better in our beloved Boone, McHenry,
and Winnebago Counties, families, youth sports
organizations, and everywhere anyone gathers -
people can't seem to help themselves from
fighting, contending, criticizing over petty things,
seeking to control others over the most stupid of
personal prejudices, and so we can't even come
together on the big things like caring for the
poor, hungry, and homeless which were always
and remain so important to You.
I guess that's why, as undershepherd assigned
to this place until assassination or my number
comes up in the roll call, I've been called to
thank You for the remnant in our world, nation,
churches, and everywhere else where You are
still Lord and people recognize calling You Lord
requires loving You by loving like You: "Not
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will
enter the kingdom of heaven. Simply calling Me
'Lord' will not be enough. Only those who do the
will of My Father who is in heaven will join Me
So, Lord, I join my family of faith on the corner
of Lincoln and Main, and while confessing the
personal and corporate omissions and
commissions and trying harder, we thank You
for the remnant in our world and nation and
We thank You for Tuesday's Harvest Meal with
leadership from our family - Julie and Ric and
the continuing vision of Rick and Terri - a
treasured coming together of the community
for the poor, hungry, and homeless...
We thank You for Thursday and Your permission
to feast by Your generous graces...
We thank You for what You are doing here on
the corner of Lincoln and Main as the season of
salting to preserve, promote, purify, purge, and
prune has moved to the season of shining as a
beacon for Jesus and expanding borders as a
safe haven have intensely increased by Your
undeniably miraculous movement of the Holy
Spirit especially in the last few months.
And, of course, as always, we thank You most
for loving us, forgiving us, giving us more
chances to get You right, and helping us to
face the future unafraid because it has been
sealed by Jesus in whose name we pray.
Blessings and Love!