As I am sitting at my computer Tuesday just before 2 o’clock in the afternoon I am wondering how the election is going, but I’m sure it is too early to start listening to the returns. Earlier today I was preparing for tomorrow’s Morning Prayer and Bible Conversation. I was reading through some of the section in the BCP titled “Prayers and Thanksgiving” which begin on page 814. There is a prayer “For Peace” which I share with you here. May it be words of comfort to all of us as we go forward this week .
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of the Father, to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Many thanks to Dave for his message and leadership in our worship last Sunday. We look forward to hearing a message this Sunday from Rev. Tom Prinz. Assisting in the service are Pam and her beautiful music, Janet as Lector, and Paul as the Intercessor. We thank you for joining us on Zoom. Pam will be our Worship Leader Nov. 15.
Thanks to Mo and Natalie and their helpers for the Sunday School lessons they are preparing for our children. We understand that everyone is tired of Zoom but it is wonderful that the lessons coincide with the scripture lessons that are read in our time of worship. Since the whole family hears the same Bible stories you have the opportunity to discuss the stories and share what you have learned. Enjoy the activities provided.
Speaking of sharing…My brother sent the following email to me entitled “Trusting God”.
A pastor visiting in a new rural community was invited to a men’s breakfast. The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace to begin the meal. “God, I hate buttermilk”, the farmer said. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer continued, “God, I hate lard”. Now the pastor was growing concerned. Without missing a beat the farmer said, “And God, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour. The pastor looked around and saw that he wasn’t the only one feeling uncomfortable. Then the farmer added, “But God, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So God, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. Amen.”
Another way of saying: “God is in charge. Let go and let God.” Have a blessed week.