While I kept silence,
my body wasted away
through my groaning
all day long.
– Psalm 32:3
Silence. I’m a big fan of silence. It conjures up feelings of peacefulness and rest. It centers me. There’s a power I experience especially in being silent with a group of people. I can and do encounter God in a different way in the silence. I’ve learned to appreciate silence in a faith-rooted, counter-cultural way.
Continue reading From Our Pastor – Lent Day 4
We do not present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and act and do not delay! – Daniel 9:18-19
Daniel has just made confession to God for the ways God’s people have behaved. It’s not simply a personal confession of wrongdoings, but a prayer Daniel makes on behalf of a collective – God’s people. They have turned away from the one who chose them, delivered them, saved them. What makes him even think he can turn to God? The prayer Daniel offers is only possible because he knows God is merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Continue reading From Our Pastor – Lent Day 3
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Self-deception is a tricky thing. I place a high value on honest self-reflection. But it’s so easy to deceive myself. There are areas of my life where I know I’m not being honest with myself. I don’t want to think too highly of myself, but that can get over corrected in a way that makes it difficult to see the good things. I tie my self worth too closely with thing I can’t control. The conversation in my head goes around in circles and can leave me paralyzed. I do not want to deceive myself – but how do I know the truth? Continue reading From Our Pastor – Lent Day 2
The Bible Buddy tag in this picture is from Vacation Bible School this past summer. There is one for each day and on the other side is a picture of the character of the day. My first grade daughter was excited to bring these to school for her day with the Share Bag. She chose this verse as her favorite. Once I realized that Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day this year, I could not get this verse out of my head. Continue reading From Our Pastor – Ash Wednesday
Due to the impending additional snow, we will not have a Christmas morning worship service together. Please worship where you are, knowing that others are joining you in Spirit!
~ From Our Pastor ~
The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn; There are tables spread, every mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn My heart shall sing of the day you bring, Let the fires of your justice burn Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn
ELW #723 Canticle of the Turning
Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,
This Advent you may notice a theme of hunger peeking out of various corners of our life together. The adult discipleship group that meets on Sunday mornings will be using an Advent devotional prepared by the ELCA World Hunger. Our Wednesday evening prayer services will use readings that draw our attention to hunger as we gather for meditative Taizé-style services. Themes of waiting and preparation in our readings on Sundays connect us to a spiritual hunger. Stories in the news of silenced acts of violence are generating a hunger for more to speak their truths. Continue reading From Our Pastor – December 2017
~ Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry’s Holiday Distribution ~
Now that Thanksgiving is just past we are gearing up for Christmas of course! In our quest as a church family to always support our community, we will once again be providing food for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry’s Holiday distribution
which will take place at the pantry on Monday December 18th. Please consider contributing to this drive by bringing to church items for this special Holiday Distribution. Continue reading Loaves and Fishes Food Collection – December 18
Follow the Christmas Star!
A FREE Christmas Event for Children and Their Families at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30-11:30 am
Looking for a great way to start the Christmas/Advent season with your kids? On Saturday morning, December 2nd, children dressed as sheep will join their parents (dressed as shepherds) and flock to “Bethlehem” to witness the birth of Jesus, as they participate in a dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story, acted and narrated by Shepherd of the Valley adults and youth. The children will also enjoy singing Christmas carols, making star-shaped Christmas crafts, and munching star-themed goodies. Continue reading SOV 2017 Christmas Event for Children