I hope your week is slightly less chaotic than mine. Roehl and I are living in boxes as we prepare to move to our new home this weekend. Why is it that more often than not the more exciting times of our lives are also the more stressful times, and vice versa? Whatever levels of stress and excitement your week holds, may God grant us all the strength, and the peace, to carry on.
This Sunday we will be exploring the spiritual practice of Sabbath – an important practice to embrace during both the chaotic and peaceful times in our lives. In Genesis 2:1-3 God examples sabbath as a practice and in Exodus 20:8-11 God commands the community to keep the sabbath holy. Embodying this practice as 21st century Christians, however, demands interpretation and application. I hope you can join us on Sunday as we worship and explore sabbath-keeping together.
Prayers of the Congregation
- George White – recovering from shoulder surgery
- Gordon White – recovering from a broken hip
- Patricia Butterfield
- Bette Pancoe
- Steve Leicter – recovering from a fall
- Theresako Harris for her Aunt Elaine
- All who are looking for work
- All who are looking for housing
- All who are searching for a church home
- All who come to the church seeking assistance
- All who are grieving
- Katrina Lau who is preparing for neck surgery
- Eddie Craig – for health and strength
- Virginia Damretzky – mourning the loss of a friend
- Elizabeth Wolfe for Rex Blado, Toni Rios, Alan Wright and Chrissy Deksen – all battling cancer
- Kay Baxter for friends Marite, Franz and Abbott
- Carol Leichter – praise that George White’s surgery was less painful than expected
- Gloria and Phil Meads for Martha Arnold Ettinger facing inoperable throat cancer
- Debra Dizin for her son and his girlfriend
- Shirley Jones during her move
- Allison and Roehl during their move
- Many thanks to all who helped with and attended last week’s LOC Action on June 14. It was a hope-filled event celebrating solutions to some of Oakland’s education problems.
- Many thanks to all who helped with and attended the memorial for Susan Joachim. It was a hard, but meaningful day as we honored an important member of the Lakeshore family.