Personal Note by Pastor Alan
Can I ask you a question? How are you doing emotionally? Mentally? The current state of affairs is beginning to take its toll on me and I'm sure many of you. Everyday we wake up to news of riots in Seattle, Portland, and other places. The morning news is full of all the political rhetoric that is dark, sometimes hateful, and for me discouraging. Then on top of all that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Schools are starting, but not really. People are still out of work. We're afraid to go places. Entertainment options are scarce. When will it all end?
I can't answer that question. I pray it will be soon. My prayer is for the injustices to dealt with peacefully with true reconciliation and justice. The election is in November and it can't come quick enough. It's important to vote, so I plan on voting for the candidate that will uphold biblical values the best, knowing full well that neither major party candidate will uphold all those dear values. As for the dreaded virus, I pray that a vaccine is discovered and approved quickly and/or a cure. That way we can live life once again without fear.
One thing I do know is that God is still in charge of all that is happening and nothing surprised Him when it happened. This week we read in Isaiah 25:9 that one day is coming when "it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he has saved us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him. Let’s rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Here's the hope we so desperately desire to see soon. That day is closer than it was yesterday! As I think of day when riots will be no more, sickness eliminated, and politics forgotten, I get excited. It's like a child waiting for Christmas to arrive so you can open all the gifts and see what Santa brought you. My wish is for Christ to come and just take me away from all of this! Yet, in the meantime, God gives me the strength and the peace of the Holy Spirit to sustain me each day. We must stay focused on Christ and seek His Kingdom and trust God with the injustices, COVID, elections and all the other issues we face.
Then like John in Revelation we can say, "Even so, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly!"
Onward and Upward!
Daily Scripture Reading For August 31 - September 4
Monday: Isaiah 33-35, 1 Corinthians 6
Tuesday: 2 Chronicles 28, 2 Kings 17, Psalm 66, 1 Corinthians 7
Wednesday: 2 Chronicles 28, 1 Corinthians 8
Thursday: 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chron 32, Psalm 67, 1 Corinthians 9
Friday: Isaiah 36-37, Psalm 123, 1 Corinthians 10
New Office In Old Youth Loft
The new office is up and running this week. Though a few minor details still to be addressed, for the most part we are moved in finally. We will have an open house on Sunday, September 16 after the worship service. Another open house for those who want to be socially distanced is on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:00 to 2:00 on a drop in basis. Come see your new office!
August's Memory Verse
"He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior."