Week of May 22, 2022
Listening is hard. Even when someone is standing right in front of you, it’s sometimes hard to be fully engaged with them. Last week, God told Peter to go and spread the Word to the Gentiles. Peter listened to God, heard Him, and did what he was told. (And we can be forever grateful since WE are Gentiles!)
In this week’s scripture, Paul had a vision. If you had a vision, wouldn’t you like to see something like “God says to do this…” so that you knew it was Him?
Paul didn’t need this. He had his vision and said to the others “Let’s go NOW”. Paul left for Macedonia, because God told him to in the vision and to do so “immediately”. Because Paul did as he was told, immediately, he didn’t have time to talk himself out of it. This is important…if we think on things too long, it’s easy to convince ourselves we really didn’t hear what we thought we did. That couldn’t possibly be God calling us…
When Paul arrived in Macedonia (after walking through 3 cities and getting on a boat), he found people with open hearts willing to listen and allow God in.
God sends us, too. He opens our hearts so we may spread the word and love of God to others that are willing and ready to hear him. We just need to pay attention to Him.
Have a blessed week — JB
Special Music Sign-up – Do you have a musical talent you’d like to share with us during morning worship this summer? We’d love to have you! There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex by the touch letters if you’d like to take a Sunday to worship through music! See Linda Plumb if you have any questions!
Volunteer Choir — During the first hymn, anyone and everyone who likes to sing is welcome to come on up to the altar and participate in our volunteer choir. We just grab a hymnal and go on up to the front and make a joyful noise to show our love of God. Everyone is welcome!
Happy Birthday, Church! — It’s nearly Pentecost. Let’s give our church a birthday present that will last all summer! We are looking for donations of red and white flowers to plant in the planters and around the sign in front of the church. No particular kind of flower is needed, just red and white ones. They may be left in the lawn outside the kitchen door. If anyone would like to help plant them, contact Linda Plumb. Thank you in advance!
Please Help Us! — The worship committee is seeking ideas from our congregation on what it means to be a great dad. Please share, in a couple sentences, what makes your father a great dad. Some ideas: What values did he instill in you? What qualities did/does he have? A favorite memory. Maybe even a feeling you get when he comes to your mind. Bring your answers to church on Sunday or email them to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be forwarded on to the committee. Thanks for your input!
June 5 — Pentecost and Graduation Sunday — Pentecost, the birthday of the church, will be celebrated on June 5, as well as the recognition of our graduates. Come join us for a wonderful celebration led by Nancy Clark as guest speaker with cake and coffee to follow!
Picnic for Paula — Pastor Paula Vergowven’s last Sunday with us will be June 12. She’ll be offering communion that day and we will have a picnic afterward to celebrate her ministry with us and wish her well on her next appointment. Hot dogs and buns will be provided and a sign-up sheet for those willing to furnish summer salads and desserts will be posted shortly.
Outdoor Service for Father’s Day — We’ll hold our first outdoor service of the season on June 19 as we celebrate our fathers. After worship, all are welcome to continue the celebration with coffee hour outdoors featuring coffee and donuts!