Here we are, halfway through 2021. It does seem like the first half of this year has gone by quickly. Perhaps I feel that way because I have not taken the time to celebrate Sabbath rest like I should. I’ve just let the days go by without pausing for a breath. Have you done the same thing? I was reminded of the need for this “pause that refreshes” (to borrow a phrase from an old Pepsi ad) when I read the following piece written by Wendell Berry:
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things, who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief,
I come into the presence of still water. I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Let’s plan to take time to rest and give thanks during the second half of 2021 enjoying the many blessings that God gives us through His grace, mercy and love.
Our Blessing Box requires constant restocking. Please remember to bring an item to church Sunday. Many thanks to Nancy W, Nancy S, Susan and Beth for their supervision of this project.
The Statements of Giving for the first half of the year will be on the back table for you to pick up Sunday. They will be available for you to pick them up July 6 and 13 after which any remaining ones will be mailed.
We are looking forward to Lisa’s message this Sunday. Assisting her is Richard as Lector and Susan as Intercessor. I have chosen some familiar hymns from the Hymnal this week that I hope you will enjoy singing.
The readings are: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; and the Gospel is Mark 6:1-13.
Have a safe and happy 4th