Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ -

posted Jul 23, 2014, 4:58 AM by Unknown user
On Sunday, Paul writes "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." And yet, in this world, we have been witnessing some very scary realities. Part of the country and the continent are ravaged by fire and drought. Many people in our own state, and even in the county, are feeling the ongoing and after-effects of flooding. We watch with baited breath the ongoing conflict between the people of Israel and the people of Palestine. And last week we watched in horror as news came from Ukraine that a Malaysian Airline flight was shot down. If all this was not enough, our friends and families are affected by ongoing illness and brokenness  I join with the whole creation which "has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now."  
In the midst of these things which we cannot understand, and for those things which we do not know how to pray - we trust that the Spirit of God "intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words." On Sunday, we paused in silence and prayer for these and many other things in the world. Along with all these challenges that continue to arise in the world, let us give thanks that God has chosen to be our God and that he sits enthroned above as the King of Israel, the Redeemer of his people, and the Lord of the whole host of nations on earth. For this, we give thanks, and we entrust our lives and our world into his hands. Thanks be to God!
Praying with you and for you - 
Pastor Culynn 
P.S.  Don't forget to look for the #notsoordinarythingshclc in your life! 
To prepare for worship this Sunday
(July 27), you are invited to read:
   Romans 8:28-39