|Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen|
(Stolen from the Van Gogh Museum December 7, 2002)
The word "church" is perhaps one of the most hackneyed words in the church. See what I mean? What do we mean when we use the word? For example, here are some frequently heard occurrences:
- This Sunday, I'm going to church.
- I just received a letter in the mail from the church.
- The church is developing a new program.
- We are members of the church.
- I don't feel like getting up for church.
- I love my church!
This may seem a bit confusing at first review. But don't give up or dismiss deeper reflection in the days ahead as we prepare for our gathering this Sunday at 8:45 AM. I'm looking forward to our time together again. (I had a blast last Sunday.) I have just a few follow-up thoughts to share about conversion as well.
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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and most merciful God,
your bountiful goodness fills all creation.
Keep us safe from all that may hurt us,
that, whole and well in body and spirit,
we may with grateful hearts
accomplish all that you would have us do,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c
2 Timothy 2:8–15
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On a personal note: We are moving to Chambersburg over the next several days. Tomorrow is packing day. Thursday is loading day. Friday is unloading day. Saturday is unpacking day (the first of many!). Please keep us in your prayers. Thanks for the many offers of help and assistance. Your kindness is a blessing. Everything is coming together nicely so far. The moving company is taking care of the heavy lifting and transportation. Thanks be to God!