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Mid-November 2017, A Note from Pastor Steve

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Through Jesus, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13:15-16

Happy almost-Thanksgiving! “What am I thankful for?” sometimes seems like an obvious question to pose to ourselves -- and yet that means we can go long periods of time without actually taking the time to really think about it. And, of course, that is a different question than “What SHOULD I be thankful for?” The latter is often a much easier question to answer . . . “Family, friends, food, shelter, worship opportunities . . .”; “What am I ACTUALLY thankful for?” requires a bit more introspection -- and we might not always like the answers we find. In the coming days, I invite you to consider how your life has changed in the last year, month, week and day. In those changes, big and small, what are new things for which you might offer thanks to God?

The author of Hebrews encourages us to recognize the interweaving of the acts of thanking God for what we have been given and the acts of sharing that abundance with those around us. At Revolution, we have multiple opportunities to be sharing in the coming week and I’d like to highlight two of them. First, at the beginning of worship on Sunday, we will be assembling sack lunches for Neighbor2Neighbor. Come join us as we work together to provide some assistance for those in our community who have inadequate food resources. Opportunities remain to provide some of the food on Sunday morning. There is a sign-up for that on Ordinary People, our church Facebook group. If you are not a member of that group and would like to be, please send me an email.

This Sunday will also mark the beginning of a challenge that the Revolution Church Council has laid out for us -- to collect $1000 for Baby Grace Ministries to help them offer holiday meals through their monthly distribution (and Christmas Party) on Dec. 9 at Revolution. Baby Grace is an organization that offers support to families that are at or near poverty levels and have young children.

May the love of Christ be with you, and may you -- in your own unique way -- offer praise and thanks in the coming days.

Peace,
Pastor Steve

November 17, 2017 - 12:00 am

November 2017, A Note from Pastor Steve

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And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:24-25

Revolution community, thank you so much for the time and work you put into making Sunday’s Fall Festival such a success. We had a total of 115 participants in the evening of games, dining, costumes -- and the evening’s capstone, the Trunk or Treat. There was fun, food, laughter (and a few tears) all in the spirit of Christian fellowship. I hope you were able to join us but, if not, you should know that Revolution was able to provide a safe and fun evening for kids and adults alike. In addition to Rev folks and folks from other churches (and no church), the Fall Festival had a number of participants from our sister campus, Keystone -- including families, and adults of all ages. Thank you for the warm welcome that you extended to them.

In that spirit, let me note that just as this week started with a family-friendly event at Revolution, it will end with a family-friendly event at Keystone. On Saturday at 10:30, Keystone Associate Pastor Kelly Hansen will lead a blessing of the animals -- an opportunity for you and your pet to have a prayer spoken over you. This is a good opportunity to recognize God’s love shown to us through creation and through animals that share (sometimes) unconditional love with us.

If you have a pet, I invite you to join us (with your pet caged or on a leash), but also to spend some time reflecting on your relationship with that animal. Does it depend on you? Do you depend on it? What do you provide for each other? What are the ways in which our interaction with animals informs our interaction with other people? What do we invest in our pets and what do we receive in return? If you don’t have a pet, I invite you to consider the other ways that animals are present in our lives -- whether as entertainment, or food, or beasts of burden, or simply as co-inhabitants of God’s creation. How can our perception of animals affect our understanding of the many systems at play in the world?

May peace be with you this day and every day,
Pastor Steve

November 3, 2017 - 12:00 am

October Newsletter 2017

 

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"But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”

John 1:12

I am a big believer in the power of the story. Not just in the power of creative and imaginative storytelling, but in the power that exists in our individual stories and how they are interwoven with the story of God’s creation and the story of salvation through the love, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the coming weeks and months, our services will involve sharing some of our stories with each other -- stories of our lives, of our faith, our joys and sorrows and our hopes and dreams.

Being part of the body of Christ means being willing to share your story. But before we share it with others, we have to be able to share it with ourselves; we have to be able to identify our own stories and be comfortable with them before we can share them with others around us. So, I invite you to take some time this week to consider your story by considering (or revisiting) the answers to some of these questions:
▪  What were three formative experiences in your life?
▪  What have been your best and worst experiences in a church setting?
▪  Who are three people who have influenced your faith and how did they do it?
▪  How would you describe the influence of Jesus in your life?
▪  How important is faith in your life and why?
▪  Is there an experience of the Divine for which you have a strong desire?
▪  In the last week, how have you experienced God’s presence in your life?

For most of us, these are topics that are present in our minds, but which we rarely solemnize by articulation in our own words. Note, too, that the answer to the last question might be the most significant and is certainly the most dynamic. The more we question where God is is being revealed, the more we are open to those revelations.

May the peace and love of Christ be with you now and always.

Peace,

Pastor Steve
 

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