Week of November 24, 2017
Leaves falling from the trees. Time of change. Change can be both terrifying and terrific. Right?
I was not here for Steve Eason’s last sermon but I have heard that it was a special Sunday. I was at CREDO, a gift that the PCUSA gives to its clergy. It truly was a gift for me. I gathered with 30 pastors from around the country to study, rest, heal, and grow. I was ministered to. I feel like God and I were able to reconnect in some ways that I really needed.
Going away or doing something new can give us a new perspective. When we do the same thing again and again, we can get into a rut. It can be hard to see beyond what is right in front of us.
We need to be RE-freshed, RE-newed, RE-minded. I returned home from CREDO with what the leaders call “A Rule of Life," a practice, some disciplines that I will seek to daily implement with hope that this will help me connect with God. It is also a vision and goals for things I hope for in my ministry.
I pray new perspective for you today. Maybe you feel like you are in a rut, feeling burned out. What can you do today to refresh you? Maybe take a different route to work, or eat something different for breakfast. Talk to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or maybe just take some time to be still and ask God to reveal to you what you need to offer refreshment in your life? I pray this for you.
A friend recently shared this fun Christmas video with me, which is all about having a new perspective. I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it:
What if with each new day, we could wake up with gratitude for the breath we breathe, for the food we eat, for the work we have to do.
I am indeed grateful for you, First Presbyterian Church community—thank you for being you!
Please keep in your prayers:
Those with special concerns:
- Emily Riehl Bowen (daughter of Suzanne Riehl)
- Jim Ferguson
- Lynne Guise
- Tom Holloway
- Ernie Neer
- Laurie Nelson (Cabell Mauck Bailey's mother-in-law)
- Joe Rudder
- Terrie Sears
- Ellen Williamson (Amy Harris's sister)
Caitlin and Zach Kirk, on the birth of their son, Harrison Wade Kirk, on November 8.
Members and family serving in the military:
- Edward Allen
- Jenny Sigel Burkett
- Matthew Horton
- Nathan Thomas Meade
Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.
Friday, Nov. 17
Anne Thomas Lodge
Saturday, Nov. 18
Sunday, Nov. 19
Monday, Nov. 20
Anne Stewart Claytor
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 22
John Saunders, IV
Thursday, Nov. 23
Friday, Nov. 24