Good Monday morning. What a beautiful service of 1st Communion we had yesterday at our parking lot worship. Even though it was outside and the hornets were mad after the wine, it was holy and wonderful. Even with a foggy, chilly start, it turned out to be a beautiful fall day.

Paul gives us language for when we are suffering in this next group of verses. It is one that most of us have heard many, many times. “the spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

Romans 8: 26-30

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…” We have announced that we will be back in our church building and beautiful sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 27th. This has been a rough 6 1/2 months, but we have stuck together, have held meaningful worship services, have continued the work of the church to which God called us, and have remained strong in the faith. I am grateful for these past 6 months for the amount of bible study, prayer time, and research I have been able to do. I am grateful for our amazing staff, Jen and Shawna that have stepped up beyond all expectations. I am grateful for our council and executive team that have kept the boat afloat. This closure has given us time to rethink some of our ministries and grow some new plans. We have had an outreach through FaceBook like never before. God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good!

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue