Pastor Bob's eNews - August 7, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,                                         

            This Sunday we will be looking at the most difficult phrase in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy will be done.  The difficulty comes in knowing the will of God.  How are we supposed to know the will of God?  Jesus himself as he is in the Garden of Gethsemane prays to his father and says: “Father if you are willing remove this cup from me; yet not my will be done but yours be done.”  So even here there was a sense that what Jesus wanted in this time of anguish was different from what His Father wanted.  But he was willing to subject his will to the will of the Father which He knew would produce salvation for all of humanity.  But we don’t have that same insight.  I’m guessing that if you knew that you had to suppress your will and what you wanted in order to save all of humanity, you would do it.  But we simply don’t have that insight.

            Knowing the will of God when we have our own will competing against it, and then the will of those surrounding us pressing against us to give us their direction and guidance, makes the will of God even more murky.  I hope you tune in this Sunday because we are going to be giving a Scriptural insight into the will of God.  We can begin by saying that God has a very specific will.  God does want and desire certain things.  I’ll give you a hint what that might be for our lives.  Look at Romans 8:28 and you will see the will of God for our lives.  You can trust and rely upon the fact that God’s will for our lives is always for the good.  That is a rock solid promise that we find in Scripture.

            I encourage you to prepare for this Sunday by also reading the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50.   I know those are 14 chapters of Scripture and that is a lot of reading between now and Sunday, but you can do it.  There you will find how in the midst of one tragic incident after another God continued to manifest His will by directing Joseph’s life toward the good.  As we find ourselves in a time which none of us would describe as good, we have to have the trust and the reliance upon God that not only will this pass, but that this time of the pandemic will somehow be able to be used by God for the good.  I am not feeling the good right now, and often being able to see the good takes decades.  But if we begin from a position of trust then we can face our present in a very different way. 

            Be encouraged during this time even as you find yourself wondering what God’s will might be as we approach the fall.  You will have to make some pretty substantial decision about your family, your children, your activities, your way of life, your job, your retirement, your health, and as you make those decisions do so from the perspective of faith.  God will make all things work together for good, even as we find ourselves in the midst of a really, really confusing time.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob


            Camera men and women needed:  We are looking for a few good men and women, or just men and women, who might be willing to film the services on Sunday.  No experience necessary and no technical skills needed at all.  Please contact Pastor Bob if this is something you might be able to do to help us keep our services streaming.

            Acolytes and lay readers for Sunday?  Sure!:  Even though we are not having in person worship we could still use lay readers and acolytes who would want to participate in our streamed services.  Please let Pastor Bob know if you or your child is interested in either of these contributions to the Sunday service. 

            WEEKLY CALENDAR:


8:30am     worship

phone in: 1 646 558 8656 then key in 9703411314#

10am     Children’s Sunday School Beth Feiler

            Wired Word Sunday School Class


11am     Worship

phone in: 1 646 558 8656 then key in 9703411314#

6pm     Youth Group



6pm                 Bible Study




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