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Oct 15th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: October 14

         I was going to preach on Psalm 22 this morning, but no matter how hard I tried, no inspiration came. (Maybe that says a bit that the psalm strikes close to home with my own struggles of depression.) So, I want to set aside the painful depiction of one who has suffered tremendously in Psalm 22.  I mention it because we need to be reminded that life is not always a bed of roses and sometimes when we’ve been bullied or have lived through particularly dark periods, we need to say because we feel isolated and alienated, “God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
         I left presbytery in Creston early yesterday to be with the Ascension Lutheran Church last night as they celebrate this weekend 50 years of ministry in Rosemont.  As I left, Presbytery was figuring out what our future will look like now that presbytery is done.  I look forward to hearing how that conversation finished.  I have to say that I felt a little sad as our Kootenay regional area is no longer meeting together.  And of course, today is John’s last day and I wanted to be here for that.
         As always, Biblical passages are full of layers of meaning.  In Mark, for example, we are told that the rich young man couldn’t sell his belongings.  He is sad about that.  The word sad is a lesser used Greek word that means gloomy or clouded over, kind of like a cloudy day.  His sight was clouded over and he couldn’t see clearly.
         And then we are told that Jesus looked at the disciples and said, “With people, some things are impossible; but with God, »»

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For the Week of October 21

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
      World Food Day  
“Seeds of Sovereignty”

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Prayers of the People: October 14

When you hear: “Lord be with us as we grow in discipleship,” please respond: “Hear our prayer.”  
Oh, Holy One: The blessings of this season – the beauty of the colours, dappled light, and sounds of our footsteps rustling through the fallen leaves knows no bounds.  »»

For the Week of October 14

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
                   
God shares our joy & sorrow

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Prayers of the People: October 7

Let us prepare to pray as we listen to today’s Prayers of the People. Today, we give thanks for Creation and the abundance in and of our lives. »»

Prayers of the People: September 30

During the prayers, when I say:  “God of our centre” please respond with “hold us in loving peace.”   Let us pray… »»

SERVANT Acrostic Poem

During Children’s Time in Worship on Sunday, David had the congregation call out words to line up with S-E-R-V-A-N-T… »»

Prayers of the People: September 23

In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus embraces a child to give us an image of God’s Love embracing all of us and especially the most vulnerable. With this image in mind let us pray for the individuals on our prayer list. »»

Trip to the Baha Peninsula

Fran and Ken Flesaker will again drive down to the Baha Peninsula at the end of October and stay for a few months.  They will offer their assistance and open their hearts to the residents »»

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