From Our Pastor – December 2017

~ 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.

There is a hunger for a satisfying life that stirs inside just about each of us. Yet sometimes we look to the wrong places to satisfy that hunger. This can happen on an individual basis as one strives to achieve goals that society sets for us. It can also be true about a community. SOV has hungered for the energy that came with a larger number of people or more creative and exciting ministry. These desires may not be bad, in and of them- selves. But whenever we turn to our own efforts to satisfy a deep, spiritual hunger, it clouds our ability to see how God is feeding us.

We took a big step by deciding to move our home from the Grange in Groton to the Federated Church in Ayer. I pray that the waiting and preparation that led to this move shows us that it is God who will turn things around. Listening deeply to one another is one way to see how God is working in this world. Let us go into this new stage of life together listening to what other people hunger for. I wonder if God does not feed us through our own acts of feeding.

Pastor Gaeta



Pastor Gaeta