My Time – God’s Time
Last Sunday during worship, Todd Barnes talked about moving from his own timing and expectations to God’s time and God’s vision for his life. In “My Time,” we tend to be anxious and impatient and controlling. In God’s Time, we trust and remember that God has given us everything we need already. In God’s time, we are invited to accept ourselves and live into the present grace-filled moment. In God’s Time, we can breathe and make healthy choices with freedom. In God’s Time, we can be still and rest. In God’s Time, we can share love without fear or hesitation.
Check in with yourself today, maybe once every hour, and ask: Am I living in My Time or God’s Time? What would it look like to let go of one or two of my fears and live into God’s Time for the next hour? Watch yourself with compassionate curiosity to see how that feels.
Two Weddings & A Funeral—Hospitality Galore!
After our busy week of services last week, I wanted to point out a few things.
1. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the church, serve food, and clean up, especially for Edith’s funeral. We had a wonderful crew of helpful folk whose hospitality was felt and appreciated by myself and by Edith’s family.
2. The Friday wedding included 4-5 guests in wheelchairs, all of whom could find easy seating due the flexibility of chairs in our sanctuary—a wonderful addition to our hospitality.
3. After Fred and Belinda’s wedding on Saturday, our back yard provided an excellent space for the reception meal in the parking lot, kid-friendly room to run on the lawn and playground, and dancing with a live band by the back stage. Our whole property was alive with people and fun and life!
Project Home Service Day—July 23
Edgcumbe’s All-Church Mission Project, July 23: Our church is hosting Project Home at First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul on Thursday, July 23, from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m. (or however late you can stay). A couple of volunteers are also needed for the overnight shift, from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex, or contact Eleta Pierce
· Prayers for Bob Ekstrand as he grieves the loss of Edith and prepares for next steps in his own life.
· Prayers for Faith Dietz and family as Faith recovers from surgery on Tuesday. Everything looks good so far.
· With weddings, we have newlyweds! May God shower blessings on the marriages of George & Julie, and Belinda & Fred!
Pastor Julie told us on Sunday that when we are afraid and hurting, sometimes all we need is to reach out—like the bleeding woman who reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak. God’s unlimited power and love is available for you and for everyone at every single moment. Reach out.