Reformation Day

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. *Here I stand for I can do no other.* God help me. Amen.”

Martin Luther

Compassion and Prayer

“Compassion lies at the heart of our prayer for our fellow human beings. When I pray for the world, I become the world; when I pray for the endless needs of the millions, my soul expands and wants to embrace them all and bring them into the presence of God. But in the midst of that experience I realize that compassion is not mine but God’s gift to me. I cannot embrace the world, but God can. I cannot pray, but God can pray in me. When God became as we are, that is, when God allowed all of us to enter into his intimate life, it became possible for us to share in his infinite compassion.

In praying for others, I lose myself and become the other, only to be found by the divine love that holds the whole of humanity in a compassionate embrace.”

Henri Nouwen

Sunday Night Thoughts

The last Sunday of October has arrived. We have had a beautiful fall so far. In fact, as far as I remember, today was one of the cloudiest Sundays we have experienced. It rained all night – but the temp isn’t too bad – just a little windy. The majority of the leaves have fallen, but here and there you will find trees that are hanging on to most of their leaves and if they are they are full of beautiful color.

You may have noticed that I started a new feature last week called picture of the week. This will be a challenged, but I’m looking forward to it. This last week was a great week for pictures.

One of the things we are planning to do tonight is prepare our October teacher’s gifts. We enjoy doing this little appreciation gift for the elementary teachers in our school district. I know that they appreciate the thoughts.

Speaking of appreciation, our church surprised us this week with a love offering, several cards, and an apple pie. The pie was delicious.

This past week was quite the different tempo from the last couple of weeks. In fact, yesterday was almost a complete day of rest and so needed to refresh my brain. This afternoon completed the two days. It has been awesome.

We had a good worship service this morning. I could sense the Holy Spirit as we worshiped and as I preached. God spoke to the people in various ways.

We are looking forward to two church events. The first is our Fall Festival. This will be in lieu of our regular Kid’s Klub meeting. There will be singing – an object lesson – crafts – and food, like hot dogs, s’mores, and hot chocolate.

The on Saturday, we are having our annual Harvest Dinner. It is really our church’s Thanksgiving dinner. We will have special guests this year – missionaries to Australia will be visiting us. I am looking forward to hear what they are doing as they are church planters there. We always have great food and great fellowship.

That about wraps it up for this week. Have a great one!

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.