Sunday, October 8, 2006

Coffee Time begins at 9:15 a.m.
Adult Forum begins at 9:30 a.m.
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome!

Adult Forum 9:30 a.m.
Hurricane Katrina & Global Warming
Come and engage in discussion with one another after viewing a brief video about hurricane Katrina and its relationship to global warming. This is an Adult Forum in anticipation of our screening of An Inconvenient Truth happening this evening at Shell Ridge!
Discussion Leader: Rick Mitchell

Worship 10:30 a.m.
Scriptures: Job 1:1, 2:1-10 and Mark 10:13-16
Mental Health Awareness Sunday
Prayer for the Weekend as You Prepare for Worship: Where are you, O God, when meaning eludes us and answers sound like mere rationales? When children die, when elders lose their faculties – where is your hand then? When we do not understand, O God, do not let go of us. Amen.
Preaching: Rev. Greg Ledbetter; Worship Leader: Rev. Angela Yarber; Head Usher: Stu Harris; Choir: Halle, Halle, Halle

This Sunday we will be reading a selection from the book of Job. If our only exposure to the book of Job were the texts provided by the lectionary for reading in Sunday worship, we would not have a very good idea of the full scope of the book. This week you may wish to round out your experience of Sunday’s scripture by reading Job 1:1—Job 14:22.

Words for Meditation

If I’m not for me, who will be?
If I’m only for me, what am I?
And if not now, when?

--from Pirkei Avot, a Hebrew collection of sayings
appearing at the top of the image Identity (above)

We Do Not Walk Alone
In an interview with Anne Lamott, who is no stranger to pain, Linda Buturian asked her what she most wanted to convey to her son Sam about God. "I want to convey that we get to be human," Lamott answered. "We get to make awful mistakes and fall short of who we hope we're going to turn out to be. That we don't have to be what anybody else tries to get us to be, so they could feel better about who they were. We get to mess up right and left. We get to keep finding our way back home to goodness and kindness and compassion. . . I want him to know that no matter what happens, he's never going to have to walk alone. . . That's what I'm trying to convey to Sam.
--from Shouts and Whispers; Twenty-One Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, ed. Jennifer L. Holberg (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006).

from The Book of Job
"There was once a man in the land of Uz
whose name was Job.
That man was blameless and upright,
one who feared God
and turned away from evil. . . .
So The Accuser went out
from the presence of the Lord,
and inflicted loathsome sores on Job
from the sole of his foot
to the crown of his head.
Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes."

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