As many of you know, I spent the last week in Mars Hill with Heather, Hannah, Gene, Jan, Sue and my Dad on the mission trip. At my site, we were repairing the floors of a trailer that had a busted water pipe soaking the floors. You literally could not walk in a couple of rooms without falling through the floor. We had to first pull up the carpet and the old floor. We then cleaned off the joists and then got sheets of wood (OSB) to lay down as the new floor.
Todd, the pastor from Shadyside Presbyterian, and I talked several times during the week. At one point, he shared one of his favorite things about the week. We buy sheets of wood and they aren’t anything but raw materials. It’s not until we measure the wood, cut it (sometimes more than once), and put it in place that they are able to serve the purpose we bought it for. Until then it is just raw material, it does not have a specific purpose.
We are like that wood. We are full of potential, but we are nothing but raw material until God shapes us for our purpose. God shapes us and molds us. Sometimes we can feel God working, but most times we are completely unaware. Often times, we don’t see God’s hand until after the fact.
This should be a comfort to us. The Creator of the seas and skies and everything we can and can’t see has a purpose for us! Like the sheets of OSB that are now someone’s floor, like the 2 x 4s at a different site that are now someone’s steps, we have a purpose! God is working in our lives through the Holy Spirit, shaping us and preparing us for this reason.
Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
It’s funny the things that stick out in your mind. When I first started regularly attending church, I was in fifth or sixth grade. I don’t remember any sermons or what hymns were sung regularly. I remember being amazed that one of my classmates was able to recite the Apostles’ Creed in worship. I also remember the Communion Bread.
At the church I grew up in, someone baked the bread every time we had Communion. It was a sweet bread that tasted incredible. After worship, I would go with some other kids down to the kitchen and try to get what was left over. Some people frowned on it, some people dismissed it as “kids will be kids”. We just wanted the bread, we just couldn’t get enough!
While we just wanted the bread because it tasted so good, I think it is a wonderful image for Communion. What if we all approached the Lord’s Table with the attitude that we just can’t get enough? We can’t get enough spiritual nourishment. We can’t get enough of a visible sign of God’s invisible Grace. We can’t get enough of the reconciliation with God that came through Christ’s death and resurrection. We can’t get enough of the communion of all believers in all places in all time. We can’t get enough of the presence of Christ!
Next time you gather around the Lord’s Table, take a big hunk of bread. Eat and drink as if you can not get enough because we can never have enough Jesus in our lives!
Luke 22:19: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We do not have a liturgist signed up for this Sunday (the 10th). As we have a guest preacher, it is important that we have a liturgist. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to serve as liturgist.
This weekend, several members will be traveling on a mission trip to Mars Hill, North Carolina. Attending will be Gene Barbato, Jan Barbato, Chris Deacon, Hannah Deacon, Heather Deacon, Russ Doughty, Sue Kennedy, as well as Chris’s dad, Dave Deacon. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Rev. Dr. Karen Brown will be filling the pulpit on July 10th. She will be bringing some youth from the Jubilee Arts program she works with and they will have t-shirts for sale after the service.
We are looking for people to chair the Children, Youth, and Family committee as well as the Christian Spiritual Formation committee. If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.
Two Week Outlook
Sunday, July 10th
- Worship, 10:00
- Rev. Dr. Karen Brown filling the pulpit
- Chat & Chew following worship
Thursday, July 14th
- Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
Sunday, July 17th
- Worship, 10:00
- Family Crisis Center meal
- July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
- July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
- August 20th, Baysox Game
- September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
- September 22nd: Watoto