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8:30AM, 9:45AM in the hall, or 11AM

Location:
7150 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
The SE corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave
Across the street from Broward college South Campus lake
(954) 989-1903
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Join Us For Worship!

Join Us For Worship!
Sundays at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, and 11AM

Thursday, October 31, 2013

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

THIS SUNDAY NOV 3RD
We will be celebrating All Saints Sunday at the 8AM and 11AM worship services at Trinity Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines.

There will be a table set up near the chancel for you to place photos and mementos of loved ones who have gone ahead of us into the kingdom as well as a prayer book in which to write their names. At 11AM the Young Person's Choir will be presenting "When Grief Was Raw" a Cantata for All Saint's Day by John Bell. At the conclusion of the Cantata we will be lighting candles in their remembrance of departed loved ones while their names are lifted up in prayer. At the conclusion of the service those who are able are invited to recess to the Memorial Butterfly garden for the scattering of rose petals and conclusion of the service.

Special Congregational Meeting

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10th at 12:15PM
in the sanctuary
On the Agenda:
(1) Trinity’s Revised Constitution
(2) Early Implementation of Changes to the Congregational Council
(3) Any needed action on Charter Hall Loan

Full copies of Trinity’s Proposed Constitution are available by request from SAM in the office in either hard copy or in electronic copy (via email).  

Trinity’s current constitution is now 11 years old and was in 2002 the first update in many years. We have lived into the 2002 constitution and found areas that need further tweaking based upon practices that are both easier and more supportive of our nimbleness as a missional congregation. We have also needed to bring the 2002 constitution into compliance with mandated changes that have come about through ELCA Churchwide Assemblies over the last decade. The Executive Committee reviewed and commented upon draft recommendations made by Pastor Keith and then the Trinity Congregational Council met in a special workshop to review all proposed changes and to give significant input and shape the final proposed document. That document was given a preliminary review by the Constitution Review Committee of the Florida-Bahamas synod and found to  be in compliance. Subsequent to this, changes to the Model Constitution for Congregations were issued after the most recent Assembly and these required changes were also made to the Trinity Proposed Constitution.  The Trinity Proposed Constitution will be discussed and voted upon on Sunday, November 10th during a special congregational meeting that will be held at 12:15PM in the sanctuary. Simplified Robert’s Rules of Order will be presented to guide our conversation and process.  The final approved document that emerges from the NOV 10th Special Congregational Meeting requires a simple majority vote to approve. That document will then be voted upon (with no debate permitted) at our next regularly scheduled congregational meeting on SUN JAN  26th with a 2/3rd’s vote required for final approval. If approved, it will then be sent to the Florida Bahamas Synod Constitutional Review Committee and Synod Council for final review and approval and will become final 120 days following.  


At the Special Congregation Meeting on Sunday NOV 10th the second item on the agenda is a motion by the Trinity Congregational Council to adopt the changes proposed in the Proposed Constitution concerning the makeup of Trinity’s Congregational Council (described later in this document) so that they will be in force for the council election set for JAN 26, 2014. This will allow us to transition into the proposed new council alignment prior to this constitution coming into official adoption in late May.

 A third agenda item will be any further action needed pertaining to the Thrivent Loan which currently includes increasing the base amount of the loan by $10,0000 in order to build our reserve account for further A/C Work with the failure this past week of one of the Charter Hall AC systems.

GOD'S WORK - OUR HANDS!


GOD’S WORK – OUR HANDS  
Join us NOV 3rd – ALL SAINTS DAY!

During any of our services:

  1. Bring in toys/items from the list for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD and place them in the box in the narthex
  2. Bring in food from the list for the FOOD PANTRY and place in the Shopping Cart in the Narthex
  3. Bring in gently used TEENAGE CLOTHES for donation to the LIPPMAN SHELTER FOR YOUTH who will be joining us for Gingerbread Decorating in December and place in the marked laundry basket in the narthex
  4. GIVE BLOOD at the Bloodmobile in the Parking Lot 9-1pm

DURING THE 12:15PM COFFEE HOUR

  1.  Quilt for Lutheran World Relief with Debbie Smith
  2. Help sort and box gifts with Nadira for Operation Christmas Child
  3. Sort and put away food at the food pantry

Psalm 62:1-2


Tending to our soul
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/psalm-621-2.html

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Micah 4:5


Walking with God
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/micah-45.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, November 3, 2013:

First Reading: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18

Psalm: Psalm 14

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:11-23

Gospel: Luke 6:20-31


This Sunday, we celebrate All Saints Day. It's a strange time of year for us Lutherans. We celebrate Reformation Day, we celebrate Halloween, we celebrate All Saints Day. To celebrate All Saints Day, we have the Gospel reading about the actions of Jesus which most frightened and disgusted some of his contemporaries. Would his actions have left modern people similarly outraged?


Think about his actions and your current life: what would make you feel most threatened? Jesus healed the sick, and most of us would be OK with that, especially if we're the sick people. We tend not to worry too much about technique or qualifications, if we feel better. Someone showed me a cold remedy and said, "I always feel better within a day of taking it. Of course, it's probably just a placebo effect and not real medicine." I said, "Who cares? As long as you're not coughing." What is the difference after all, between a placebo effect and real healing? Most of us just want to feel better.

Do we feel threatened by Jesus forgiving sins? Probably not. We've had two thousand years to get used to the idea, after all. But if one of our contemporaries started traveling around, telling people their sins are forgiven--well, that's a different matter. Even if they make these pronouncements in the name of Jesus, we might feel queasy.

The action of Jesus that really seems to send people of all sorts into orbits of anger is his habit of eating with the outcasts of society. Most of us are prone to that discomfort. If you don't believe me, bring a homeless person to church and coffee afterwards. See what happens. Take a shabbily dressed person to a nice restaurant. See what happens. Suggest that your church operate a soup kitchen where the destitute will eat lunch every day; suggest that lunch be served in the sanctuary. See what happens.

Here's the Good News. Jesus saw the value in all of us. Jesus especially saw the value in the least of us. When you're feeling like a total loser, keep that in mind. If Jesus came to your community, you'd be the first one invited to the table.

That's the good news about All Saints Day and Reformation Day. We tend to forget that all the saints that came before us were flesh and blood humans (including Jesus). We think of people like Martin Luther as perfect people who had no faults who launched a revolution. In fact, you could make the argument that many revolutions are launched precisely because of people's faults: they're bullheaded, so they're not likely to make nice and be quiet and ignore injustice. They're hopelessly naive and idealistic, so they stick to their views of how people of faith should live--and they expect the rest of us to conform to their visions. They refuse to bow to authority because they answer to a higher power--and so, they translate the Bible into native languages, fund colleges, rescue people in danger, insist on soup kitchens, write poems, and build affordable housing.

The world changes (for the better and the worse) because of the visions of perfectly ordinary people--and because their faith moves them into actions that support that vision. If we're lucky, those people are working towards the same vision of the inclusive Kingdom that Jesus came to show us.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Isaiah 25:4-9


This is the God for Whom We Have Waited
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/isaiah-254-9.html

Monday, October 28, 2013

GOD'S WORK - OUR HANDS (The SEQUEL!)

GOD’S WORK – OUR HANDS  (THE SEQUEL!)
JOIN US  SUNDAY NOV 3RD – ALL SAINTS DAY!
During any of our services:
1.  Bring in toys/items from the list for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD and place them in the box in the narthex
2. Bring in food from the list for the FOOD PANTRY and place in the Shopping Cart in the Narthex
3. Bring in gently used TEENAGE CLOTHES for donation to the LIPPMAN SHELTER FOR YOUTH who will be joining us for Gingerbread Decorating in December and place in the marked laundry basket in the narthex
4. GIVE BLOOD at the Bloodmobile in the Parking Lot
DURING THE 12:15PM COFFEE HOUR
1. Quilt for Lutheran World Relief with Debbie Smith
2. Help sort and box gifts with Nadira for Operation Christmas Child
3. Sort and put away food at the food pantry

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS:
Tuna , mac and cheese , ravioli , pasta sauce or any tomato item , chunky soups and chili, condensed soups, cereal

CHRISTMAS CHILD NEEDS:
TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos,
harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc. SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc. OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all
candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

Luke 10:23


Seeing and Being the Love of God
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/luke-1023_28.html

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Today's Sermon audio

We always post the weekly sermon towards the top of this page and all sermons may also be found here:
http://www.buzzsprout.com/11862

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pastor Keith's Sermon for Sunday




REFORMATION SERMON BASED UPON John 8:31-36

OCT 27th 2013

The Rev. Dr. Keith A. Spencer,

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pembroke Pines, FL  

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So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Are we free?
Are we truly free?

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
So says Jesus.
And so I ask: Are we free?

Do we claim, you and I, the freedom to choose?
Have we given up blaming God as some spiritual puppet master pulling the strings – saying as people so often like to say – that everything happens for a reason - we meaning or they meaning, those who say it, that everything that happens, happens, because God wills it to happen, some divine plan unfurling, unfolding, playing out, a drama written by God before the beginning of time, and we playing out our parts superbly, dotting every “I,” crossing every “T,” never missing a beat, a line, a word, an action, a step, a breath, a wink, every word spoken because God has willed it to be…just…like…that.   

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Do we truly believe it? That as we dig deeper than the aphorisms of some cultural faith, beyond the bumper sticker faith of “everything happens for a reason” conflated with God’s will; that we will find a God of freedom?

I pray that we do believe it. That we confess it. That we give thanks for it. That we acknowledge it as dwelling at the very heart of the Christian faith, our freedom in Christ. We acknowledging that we cannot free ourselves, but Christ has freed us. Christ has set us free.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

See, that is what happened. God, in and through Jesus Christ, broke the bonds of sin and death, their hold no longer the ultimate reality for us. Sin still stalking our world, our lives, tempting us, drawing us away from God, but it power no longer unchecked. Our hope no longer a frustrating exercise in navel gazing and self-interest. Our hope no longer ending in death whose last word mocked us at every turn. No more for us.  

See, this is what happened: Our new selves, having been washed in the waters of baptism where we died to ourselves so that reborn we might live for Christ, freed in Christ, our new selves filled with the Holy Spirit, can now in Christ turn from our old ways to the ways of God, repent, turn around, start afresh, anew, renewed, forgiven.   

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

 
If freedom in and through Christ is at the heart of our Christian faith then Luther says we should take that freedom and use it to serve and love God and neighbor.

Listen: this is where it all comes together or all falls apart.
Loving and serving God and loving and serving neighbor.

And if that is too complicated, then we can distill it down to this: We show our greatest and deepest love for God in loving and serving our neighbor. There is no clearer and more honest and humble way to embody Christ, then by loving and serving our neighbor with all of our heart, all of our mind, all of our souls and all of our strength.

Let me say that again: There is no clearer and more honest and humble way to embody Christ, then by loving and serving our neighbor with all of our heart, all of our mind, all of our souls and all of our strength.

Oh, there are other things we could do with our freedom.

We could complain about this or that, parroting the complaints of others, our friends and neighbors and colleagues; or people we hear on the TV or radio or catch on the internet, Facebook being a place where complainers gather like Wildebeests in Africa at the watering hole during the dry season. We could spend our freedom complaining and accomplish nothing else.  

We are free to do that, like we are free to ignore the poor, the hungry, the unemployed and underemployed, the abused, those kept in modern slavery in our state, in our country, in our world; the plight of the immigrants, legal or not, who are to the surprise of some and probably too many, children of God and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and likely facing a mountain of abuse, misunderstanding, racism, prejudice and need, they and their children and their children’s children. We could spend our freedom ignoring the poor, and the hungry, and the immigrant, and the marginalized and accomplish nothing else.  

We are free to do that, like we are free to live for ourselves, to be a church that exists to serve its members, to care for their needs with all of its strength, its passion and its resources; to turn away from the mission field, leave the seed of God’s word, God’s love, God’s grace – all meant for scattering out in the mission field – we could instead leave it in some dark corner or closet along with boxes of old Sunday school filmstrips, and Bible songs on 33 rpm LPs and bags of countless tinsel of Christmases long past; leave it all and withdraw from the world, to create our own world inside these walls.  But let me ask: Would we use our freedom to be that church? A church of moats and drawbridges that withdraws from the world?

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

The Reformation that we commemorate this day was about God and God’s gift of a grace-infused freedom. And we are free, my friends. We are free to make choices as children of God and together as a community of faith. And each and every choice we make, or will ever make, bears witness to the world about the heart of God. And what will our witness be?

What will our witness of the heart of God be?

Amen.

Psalm 46:1-5


God is our Refuge and Strength...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/psalm-461-5.html

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Isaiah 25:1, 4


Refreshment and Praise
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/isaiah-2514.html

Breaking Bread with Pastor Keith UPDATE


 


Breaking Bread with Pastor Keith UPDATE

As Pastor Keith prepares for his Post-Christmas Sabbatical he has planned a series of meetings to gather with folks from Trinity for some Bible Study, prayer, and conversation around three questions:
At Trinity:
(1) What's going well?
2. What are our biggest challenges?
3. What are your hopes and dreams?
Please make time to join him so that his sabbatical may be a fruitful and reflective time to seek God's will to shape our missional future.
Friday  OCT 25th  7PM at Crispers (University and Stirling) 
Thursday NOV 7th at Noon in Charter Hall (Potluck)
Tuesday NOV 12th at 7:30PM in Munson Muller Hall
Sunday NOV 17th at 12:15PM during Coffee Hour in Munson Muller Hall
Sunday NOV 24th at 12:15PM during Coffee Hour in Munson Muller Hall
Thursday, December 12th at noon - potluck
Saturday December 14th at the potluck dinner at the home of Carl and Kristin Berkey-Abbott
*Sorry for the mix up on OCT 20th - we invite those who showed up on that Sunday to please choose a different day

PUMPKIN PATCH OPENINGS


 


PATCH OPENINGS
PLEASE CALL KATHY VELEZ
954 478 4395
 
Sat. 10/26     
12:30-3:00      1 volunteer
5:30-7:30       2 volunteers

Mon. 10/28

2:00-4:00        1 volunteer
4:00-6:00        2 volunteers
6:00-7:30        1 volunteer

Tues. 10/29

2:00-4:00        1 volunteer
4:00-6:00        2 volunteers


Wed. 10/30
12:00-2:00      2 volunteers
2:00-4:00        1 volunteer
4:00-6:00        2 volunteers
6:00-7:30        1 volunteer


Thurs. 10/31           
2:00-4:00        1 volunteer
4:00-6:00        2 volunteers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Isaiah 40:4


Glory and Humility
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/isaiah-404.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Reformation Sunday, October 26, 2013:



First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm: Psalm 46

Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28

Gospel: John 8:31-36


I find it hard to believe that we are back to Reformation Sunday. Perhaps it's because of the summer-like weather we've had down here in South Florida; where is the cool weather that will cultivate the mood to contemplate the Reformation, Halloween, All Saints', All Souls'--those holidays that come as October turns into November.

Perhaps you feel like we've been living Reformation for the past few years as the Lutheran church has wrestled with the fallout from the various sexuality decisions of the Churchwide Assembly in 2009. Perhaps you are not happy with the changes that have been wrought. Or perhaps you are unhappy with the more recent election of a female bishop to head the ELCA—or maybe you’re unhappy because there are so few synodical bishops. Maybe you find yourself feeling very sympathetic to the Catholic church of Luther's day, the Church that found itself torn asunder by many movements of reform.

Regardless of the side on which we sit with these recent struggles, we might find ourselves feeling a bit fearful. We might worry about schism. We probably worry that there won't be a place for us in the church that emerges from all of this.

We should take heart that the Church has always been in the process of Reformation. There are great Reformations, like the one we'll celebrate this Sunday, or the Pentecostal revolution that's only 100 years old, but has transformed the developing world in ways that Capitalism never could. There are smaller ones throughout the ages as well. Movements which seemed earth-shattering at the time (monastic movements of all kinds, liberation theology, ordination of women, lay leadership) may in time come to be seen as something that enriches the larger church. Even gross theological missteps, like the Inquisition, can be survived. The Church learns from past mistakes as it moves forward.

Times of Reformation can enrich us all. Even those of us who reject reform can find our spiritual lives enriched as we take stock and measure what's important to us, what compromises we can make and what we can't. It's good to have these times where we return to the Scriptures as we try to hear what God calls us to do. It may be painful, but any of these processes may lead us to soil where we can bloom more fruitfully.

We may think of that metaphor and feel despair, as if we will never be truly rooted, flowering plants. But rootlessness can be its own spiritual gift. The spiritual wanderers have often been those who most revitalized the Church, or on a smaller level, their spiritual communities. The spiritual wanderers are often the ones who keep all of us true to God's purpose.

If you have been feeling despair, take heart. Jesus promises that we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. You might not be feeling like you know what the truth is at this current point; you may feel tossed around by the tempests of our current times. But Jesus promises that we will know the truth. We will be set free. We don't have a specific date at which we'll know the truth. But we will.

Rest in God's promise that we are all redeemable; indeed, we are redeemed. Rest in the historic knowledge that the Church has survived times of greater turbulence than our own. Rest in Luther's idea that we are saved by grace alone. Rest.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Luke 22:24-27


Embodying in Service, the one who in humility served all....
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/luke-2224-27.html

Monday, October 21, 2013

John 3:19a, 21


Drawing unto the light, out of the darkness...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/john-319a-21.html

THE GREAT LUTHER QUIZ

THE GREAT MARTIN LUTHER QUIZ
In honor of Reformation Day
(Remember to wear RED on Sunday!)

Question 1: When was Martin Luther born?
1483, 1460, 1506, 1501

Question 2: What was his father's profession or trade?

Shoemaker, Lawyer, Miner, Doctor

Question 3: What field of study did Luther's father want him to enter?

Medicine, Theology, Philosophy, Law

Question 4: In 1505, Luther suddenly decided to become a monk. A number of reasons for this decision are given by different scholars. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

A. He saw a vision of the virgin Mary

B. He was frightened by lightning and made a vow

C. He wanted to escape his brutal home and school life

D. His friend was killed in an assassination

Question 5: How many theses did Luther supposedly nail to the door of the Wittenberg Church?Answer: _________(Number of Theses)

Question 6: One of Luther's criticisms of the church was the sale of indulgences.
True/False

Question 7: How did the church respond to Luther's teachings?

A. He was excommunicated

B. His books were publicly burned

C. He was declared an outlaw

D. All of these


Question 8: Luther married Katharina von Bora in 1525. What was unusual about his bride?

A. She was a noblewoman marrying a commoner

B. She was a former nun

C. She was sixteen years older than Luther

D. She was divorced

Question 9: Luther's translation of the Bible into German (completed in 1534) was not the first one. Which of these was an earlier translation?

Wenceslas Bible, Einheitsuebersetzung Bible, Schlachter Bible, Elbersfelder Bible

Question 10: What were the terms of the Peace of Augsburg?

A. All people in a region voted on their preferred religion

B. Northern Germany became Protestant while southern Germany remained Catholic

C. The ruler had no say in his subjects' religious practices

D. The ruler of a region determined its religion

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2 Corinthians 5:17


You and I are Always being made new! 
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/2-corinthians-517.html

Friday, October 18, 2013

Matthew 18:14


Why parents and not the church matter more to their children...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/matthew-1814.html

OCT 20th SERMON



SERVICE IN COMMEMORATION OF
NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 2013

 REFLECTING UPON BREAST CANCER, THE BROKENNESS OF OUR SOULS, THE 23rd PSALM, PAUL’S QUESTION AND JESUS’ ANSWER

It has been ten years by my reckoning, though I might be off, time sometimes has this way of getting away from me, one year melting into the next. Ten years since the woman we’ll call Grace came to church with her daughter, and her daughter’s confirmation came and went and still they came together, the two of them, worshipping the Lord.  That says a lot right there, doesn’t it? About their faithfulness. Their thirst for community and worship. They were quiet, right side towards the back, sort of people. Every Sunday, sitting there, singing there, praying there, regular as rain. So it surprised me when they missed a Sunday and then another and when I was about to pick up the phone and call, my own phone rang and Grace announced that she was in the hospital, that her cancer had come back, I not knowing that she had cancer, breast cancer, sometime in the past. “Would I come and visit,” she asked. “Of course I would,” I said, and I did. 

 So much in life gives birth to fear. Just the word “cancer” brings fear along as an unwanted and uninvited companion, a stranger in the shadows. The fear of “what now?” The fear of “what will this mean?” The fear of “what if?” And when one finds oneself in the valley of the shadow of death, such fears are so often waiting.
“Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death I will fear no evil,” the psalmist declares.
But sometimes, we are afraid.

When you walk into a hospital room, everything hits you at once. You might find yourself counting all of the bags hanging on the IV stand, for example, noticing their colors, clear, red, yellow. And the sounds of a machine dosing their contents into tubes that lead to veins or arteries, I always get confused into which. And the sounds of machines measuring breaths, and each heartbeat, and blood pressure and oxygen, and more besides. The cancer had led to bleeding and Grace had to receive a lot of blood, so we organized the blood drive and we donated in her name, to do something, anything, to help. She was fighting the fight of her life, for her life, on the front lines, and we, like the support people far back from the trenches and far from sounds of bombs exploding and the smell of sulfur and death, did what we could. We bleed for a woman bleeding. We prayed for a woman praying. The days added up, one after another. And while we lived our lives, Grace lived hers, fighting on, giving ground reluctantly, inch by inch, a mother and wife with responsibilities, with much to live for, to fight for, to gaze into the eyes of death, to know what death looked like, smelled like, to hear its voice in the sounds of her lungs struggling to breathe; death, which would just not let her be.

The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome “What then shall we say about these things?” Such things as one supposes as the battles we fight between health and illness, wholeness and brokenness: the battles with cancer and all of the wars our body may fight against disease, against illness, breaking down, wearing out, against infirmity.

What then shall we say about these things and our fear of them and our fear if they take hold and if they should choose to hold on with unrelenting tenacity?

What then shall we say about these things?
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads my besides the still waters. He restores my soul.

That is what Jesus does. Mere time won’t do it. Not time; time that marches on burying our wounds and wounded memories under a stack of others, the weight pushing all of our yesterday’s down, flattened, but not gone, left in the landfill of our lives.

Jesus brings peace to our suffering. Healing to our pain. Hope amid our desperation. Resilience and strength against all that leaves us broken: our doubt, our fear.

He restores our wounded soul and declares that there are limits to the power of disease and illness. A threshold that they cannot cross.
Among us this morning are survivors of disease and illness. Survivors of woundedness of mind and body and soul. We rejoice with those who rejoice in the victory that gives life in the face of disease, of illness overcome. And we recognize this morning especially those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and who live as survivors among us, inspiring us by their faith, their courage, by the audacious hope with which they embrace this gift of life.  But we also acknowledge that some of our woundedness comes from loved ones for whom the battle is now over and for whom Christ’s victory over death serves as their victory, the disease having run its course, but not having the final word. Time will not heal such wounds, but this should not leave us despairing. For we have one who is faithful always, in whose power we find victory forever undiminished.  Who has healed us by his wounds. Who has freed us in and through grace outpouring. We have one who speaks a word of life that the very bonds of death cannot silence. 

Jesus is our victory, our life, and our all.
And nothing in heaven or on earth can separate us from his love.
Amen.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Psalm 139:1-12


When darkness is not darkness...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/psalm-1391-12.html

Scenes from a Pumpkin Offload




In the beginning, there were pumpkins on a truck.





Our first customers!






Hand by hand, the pumpkins go from truck to our in-process pumpkin patch.









Along the way, there's food and fellowship.




In the end, some of us are as dirty as the pumpkins.



A reminder of our mission, surrounded by pumpkins:


Psalm 121


Lift up your eyes to the hills!http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/10/psalm-121.html

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BOLD Justice UPDATE



Our Justice Ministry continues to work through BOLD Justice on Jobs in Broward County.  We continue to be concerned about the 67,000 unemployed in Broward County.  We will be looking for the county commission to address this through a priority hiring ordnance.  On Tuesday, November 5th @ 10:00am the County Commission will be deciding if they will hold a public hearing on this issue.  If they decide yes, the public hearing will be on Tuesday, December 10th @ 2:0pm [Note: this is a change from the original date.  Please make note of the new dates].  All meetings are to be held at the County Commission Chambers (115 S Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale). There is ample parking at the location.  We will need everyone from the Church who is free during the day to attend these meetings, especially the November meeting.  We will all come dressed in a red blouse or tee shirt and sit together to show our support.  It is essential that we have a large group representation from all of our churches to support this effort.  If you are free to go, please let either Janean Baumal or Ron McCoy know.