Friday, February 7, 2014

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

            This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Sunday, Feb.  9       10:00am            Morning Worship

                                          Sermon: “Called To Be, To Do, To Go”

                                          Lessons   Isaiah 6: 1-8     Luke 5: 1-11


                                        11:30am     Annual Meeting of the

                                                        Congregation and Corporation


                                          6:00pm         Pot Luck Supper


Sunday, Feb. 16      10:00am            Morning Worship

                                                  Installation of newly reelected

                                      Members of Session and Board of Deacons


At the January meeting of the Session Pastor Tom shared a prayer of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero(1917-1980) of El Salvador, assassinated, March 24, 1980. Session Members suggested that it be contained in this week’s e mail. It is fitting as we begin the New Year of 2014


“It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.


“Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection.


“No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. That is what we are about.


“We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.


“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.


“We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own”. Amen


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