Rev. Moon’s Message for November 19, 2023

19th century stained-glass window by German glass artist Ludwig Mittermaier (1827–1864), after a work by German painter Gustav König (1808–1869), with the words of Psalm 133:1 in German; in the Evangelische Stadtkirche (“Protestant City Church”), Ravensburg, Germany; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1

Dear Friends,

“The Psalmist reminds us that one of the best ways to live out faith and to praise God is to live together in unity with our brothers and sisters.”

This Sunday, November 19, immediately following the church service, we will hold a congregational meeting to discuss and initiate a motion/motions on the future direction committee’s report and recommendations.

The congregational meeting is not just an opportunity to make a motion but also to worship God by listening to one another. The unity we seek starts with listening and celebrating the diverse thoughts and perspectives our community members carry. We believe that differences in our thoughts can strengthen our collective decisions.

May we openly share our thoughts and actively listen to one another, seeking to perceive God’s voice within each of us, for we firmly believe that God speaks through each of God’s children, not just a few leaders. We are committed to supporting whatever decision the congregation makes. Our strength lies in our ability to come together, make informed choices to honor God and each other, and stand united behind the outcomes of our collective decisions. May our discussions and decisions at the meeting glorify God. We humbly ask for your prayers and support for the meeting.

Rev. Helen Smith and Christmas tree decorating – Sunday, November 26

On Sunday, November 26, we are very blessed to have Rev. Helen Smith leading the worship service. Following the service, we will come together to decorate the Christmas tree.

Quiet Prayer and Communion Service – Wednesday, November 29

On Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM, we will host a quiet prayer and communion service in the sanctuary. In the midst of our often busy and hectic lives, finding moments for prayer and listening to God can be challenging. Our communal silence and prayer provide a space to enhance our connection with God. Please, come and pray with us.

Monthly or Biweekly Evening Bible Study

I’m currently in talks with a few of you about initiating a monthly or biweekly evening Bible study (or Lectio Divina: Divine Reading) in the upcoming year. Please let me know if you’re interested in joining a monthly or biweekly evening Bible study.

—Rev. Chuck Moon