Surely, it is God who saves me; *I will trust in him and not be afraid.For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *and he will be my Savior. Isaiah 12:2
In a number of choirs, I have sung these words and every time I read them, I remember singing them. They stay with me forever. We become anxious and fearful sometimes. We face difficult challenges raising children, caring for parents, performing in our jobs, being in relationships.
But this “earworm” refrain continually reminds us as it has reminded people for thousands of years that only God can save us. Our best efforts fall short. Yes, there are steps we need to take and we must do our part, but ultimately, it is only God who will provide us relief. It is only God to whom we can cling. It is only God who will defend us.
Therefore, with confidence we can trust in God and our fear and uncertainty and anxiety will leave us. Here is a link to a You Tube performance of these words that I remember singing. It’s a great piece, because it’s done with children and adults. I hope this becomes an “earworm” for you too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDic6qQlaG8#t=93
Blessings as you finish your week.
Rebecca’s Schedule: Next week, I will be in Corbin on Monday, November 18. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859 -429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native American Heritage Month will be celebrated during our service this Sunday. Traditions from the Cherokee nation will be included in the service. We will sing Amazing Grace in Cherokee. This is a reminder of our membership in the Worldwide Anglican Communion and that every Sunday, people from many traditions worship Jesus Christ.
You can begin practicing Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace in Cherokee (a phonetic transliteration)
Oo nay klah nah ee oo way gee
Ee gah goo yah hey ee
Nah gwoo joe sah wee oo low say
Ee gay goo yah hoe nuh
A Note on Sunday’s Service
In commemoration of Native American Heritage month we will be gathering in the parish
hall and process to the parlor to begin our service. We will remain in the parlor while Ken
and Shelia Phillips smudge the nave and sanctuary. The smudge used is of the four sacred
herbs to the Cherokee: sage, tobacco, cedar and sweet grass. After the sanctuary and nave
have been smudged you are invited to smudge yourself as you enter the nave by washing
your face seven times in the smoke, an action that cleanses the mind and heart as one
takes in the smudge. The smoke of the smudge carries our prayers to heaven in the same
manner that the Psalmist observes, “Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee, and
the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!” (Psalm 141:2)
This Sunday we continue our series on Radical Welcome. The topic will be “The Sound of Fear,” led by Bruce Cory. The series ends next Sunday, November 24, led by The Rev. Myers on “Moving Ahead Together.”
There will be no Adult Forum on Sunday, December 1. On December 8, we will begin our 3-week series on End-of-Life issues.
Godly Play classes are available for children. Elmer Parlier and Donna Goff will be trained soon to assist. Training involves serving as the doorkeeper for two sessions and then being supervised as the storyteller for two sessions. Once you are trained, a schedule will be created that fits your ability to assist. If you can assist, please let Anne Day and Dura Anne know.
Please prayerfully consider how you will financially contribute to the work of St. John’s Church in 2014. Complete a pledge card today and place it in the offering plate. Receiving pledges this Sunday will assist with our planning for 2014.
This Week at St. John’s
- Monday, November 18, 7pm – Community Thanksgiving Service at Corbin Presbyterian Church
- ·Wednesday, November 20:
4:30pm – Daughters of the King
6:00pm – Worship
- Sunday, November 24:
10am – Adult Forum and Godly Play;
11am – Worship with potluck following
Dipping chocolate for Chocolate Fest
Daughters of the King: Next meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 4:30pm at the church.
Communitywide Thanksgiving Service, Monday, November 18, 7pm, Corbin Presbyterian Church. This ecumenical service is sponsored by the Ministerium. The Rev. Myers will be participating in the service.
Thanksgiving Dinner November 28, at the Barn, 2-4pm. A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Barn. Turkey, Ham, rolls, drinks, pies, mashed potatoes and corn will be provided. If you’d like to bring a side dish, that would be terrific. See June Sullivan for additional information.
Prepare for the Coming of Christ. On Sunday afternoon, December 1, we will gather at 3pm to make Advent wreaths for our homes. We will then participate in the evening service of Advent Lessons and Carols at 4:30pm.
ECW Chocolate Fest, Saturday, December 7, 9am – 3pm. Plan now to attend this annual holiday event.
- Get flyers this Sunday to distribute throughout the community
- Stay after the pot luck on Sunday, November 24, to help dip candy.
- Gatherings for making items are also being held. See Dura Ann Price or Anne Day Davis if you are interested in helping.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email email@example.com.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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