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Summer time and a visitor

17 Jun

Hello all, it has been some time since that last posting and I am sorry that I have been out of contact with our website.

Many of you have noticed that we as a congregation are moving in new directions.  We have begun the process of hiring a new office staff person and a new organist.  We also have changed the time of worship for the summer time to 10 o’clock.  There are other changes going on as well, but what I really wanted to share with you is a new visitor we have had.  His name is Paul and his desire is to travel with you this summer.  He was all alone in the church pew where I found him recently and he shared that he feels a little neglected.  His hope as it has been for almost two thousand years is to keep the local church connected and living out the truth of Jesus, which is to make disciples or “interns” who teach, preach and heal much as Jesus did when He lived amongst us as Immanuel. So as you head out on an adventure this summer, whether to the market or across the globe make sure to take “Paul” with you and document the journey.  We would love to see where you both have been and what you have been up to.  You can pin it the church’s facebook page so that others can se too.

Let’s have  great summer and remember that God goes with us.  Peace,

Shawn

Aside 17 Sep

God thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice.  He does great things which we cannot comprehend.  For He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.  The beasts go into dens, And remain in their lairs.  From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north.  By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.  Job 37:4-10 

So very often we get busy.  Busy trying to complete all of the tasks on our lists.  Busy trying to finish one major project or another, and we can finally see the light at the end when it goes out.  The other night I was busy working on a project and had set a time to wrap up and go home.  Minutes before and with no warning the lights simply went out.  They tried to come back on quickly but could not, so I was done.  I had no choice but to stop and wrap up what I could see, turn off the lights so they would not blaze on in the middle of the night and off to bed I went.  

This passage from Job reminds us of just this fact.  So very often we are busy, so busy that we loose sight of God and God’s plan for us.  So God turns out the lights so we have no choice but to remind ourselves that we are not in control.  Job was reminded of this when the ice and storm came and he had to stop and stay home just like the animals that find shelter in their dens and nests.  How often do we find shelter under the wings of God?  How often do we allow God to provide shelter for us in the midst of the storms that rage all around us?  Maybe that is why the lights go out from time to time.  God is waiting to talk to you and the list you carry has distracted you from that conversation.  This past week there have been a large number of cars in the parking lot as apples are being prepared for apples in the morning and pies are being finished in the evening.  Remember that with each pie, and apple that God is there with you.  God wants to be part of the conversation that you are having around the table and as you travel between the kitchen and freezers, so make sure that we all take time to listen to God’s word for each of us and to give thanks that we are part of a congregation that gathers around the table, maybe even whispering the prayer; “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 

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We have arrived…

13 Apr

We have arrived in JApan and we are a motley crew of pilgrims having traveled so very far and with little room to stretch out and relax.  We are all expectant for what God has for us and we crave the fellowship of our Korean brothers and sisters.   As we sit here waiting for our next plane to board and take us the last piece of our journey the faces I see are smiling and eager to finish the race that has been  stretched out before us.  Hopefully we too can overcome the obstacles of sleepiness and soreness much as Paul did on his many missionary journeys.  So we greet you the churches of Cayuga-Syracuse in the name of Jesus Christ and we pray for peace and joy to be with you all.