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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Church News, 7/26/09

Last Sunday, we joined the congregation of Reformation Lutheran Church for their Sunday morning service. Our own Father David was the guest speaker, with a message entitled "How Can What Little We Have... Ever Be Enough?"

In his sermon, Fr. David posed the question: "Will we ever have enough?" The answer, he said, was that "the jar is fuller than you think," in reference to the popular saying, "is the jar half full or half empty." The point of this saying, and of Fr. David's message, is that our attitude can greatly influence how happy or desperate we are. He quoted Pastor Chuck Swindoll about the importance and influential power of our attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. ...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it". David+ asked: "Do we approach the challenges in life with an attitude of crisis or opportunity?"

This is a daunting task, and we may be tempted to see our lives as a jar half empty rather than full enough. And there truly is no human solution. Rather, we rely on God's strength to carry us through the tough times. And we remember that "with God, small resources can be more than enough. We offer up what we do have, with thanks." As the story of the feeding of the multitude with a few loaves of bread and fish illustrates, God can make even a little become plenty and to spare. And so we must remember to have an "attitude of gratitude," trusting that God, in His wisdom, will take care of us. As Hudson Taylor, one of the first missionaries to mainland China, noted, "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies." A day in the life of an ordinary person, spent well and with humble trust in God, is surely an expression of God's work. And so, as Fr. David reminded us, we should resolve that "with God's help, we will do our best." We will see over and over again that we will always have 'enough' as we learn to trust in God and His magnificent supply of resources.

A small group including members of All Saints and of Reformation then joined for a time of sharing which included refreshments. The discussion centered around reflecting upon the Lord's encouragement toward maintaining an attitude of trust in God as the present challenges of each congregation are being considered.

Church Activities Coming Soon:
The Women's Book Group will meet Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 pm at the
McDonald's McCafe, 3781 Ridge Rd. W. in Greece.
It's on the left, just beyond the Ridgemont Country Club and before
the intersection with Rt. 386 (Elmgrove Road).
McDonald's? Well, you probably haven't seen one like this: gas fire-
place, flat-screen TVs, plus the usual great coffee drinks at all hours.
Even if you haven't read the books yet (see 7/14 post at end for titles),
come join us!

Next Week's Sermon title:
The Nathan Ministry [2 Samuel 11:26---12:13a]

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