Pastor Mark's Weekly Email, Uncategorized

Psalm 46: HOPE


Here we go!  This labor Day holiday weekend kicks off each year for me a beautiful alarm bell: Wake up Mark!  Its time to shake off the summer sleepy’s and engage in what God has for the church in the fall schedule. So here it is: 

September 8thFall Kickoff: Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at 8:45am followed by an outdoor worship service.
September 15thWorship/Education schedule begins: 9:30-10:30am Worship followed by Fellowship 10:30-1045am, followed by Education 10:45-11:30am.  

This Sunday, September 1st, we finish our Summer Psalm Series with a message on Psalm 46: Trust, Strength, and Hope.  Psalm 46 is a foundational text for Martin Luther in the writing of his hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”  In the midst of his struggle in reforming the church of his time, Psalm 46 gave him strength.  The church of today and its followers find themselves in similar challenging circumstances.  Every follower of Christ encounters challenges to faith and to faithfulness.  No different today than it was then.  Actually, the challenge to faith and faithfulness are embodied in David’s song (Psalm 46)  – many years before the Reformation.  This Psalm is a fine place for us to transition from Summer Psalms to our fall series on Revelation chapters 1-3, The Spirit Speaks to the Churches (beginning on September 15th).

Be encouraged – Psalm 46 is on tap for Sunday.  Does this mean I have to wait ’til Sunday to meet with God in worship with you?  I’ll try and hold it in… gonna be hard to wait.  See you soon,

Pastor Mark      

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