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Sunday School Rally Day
Get ready for our fall Sunday School kickoff by joining us for Rally Day on September 10 at 11 a.m. Enjoy fun activities and sign up for children and adult Sunday School. Everyone is welcome!
Blessing of the Backpacks
Calling all students, teachers, professionals, moms, dads, grandparents, family and friends!
Join us in service at 10 a.m. on September 17 as we celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Students bring your backpacks for a special blessing. Professionals, families and friends, bring your briefcase, purse or bag of choice for a blessing.
Pastor Bruce's Weekly Message
September 6, 2023
In His Hands
So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
-Romans 12:1 The Message
Dad joke alert! If two vegetarians got into a fight, is it still called a beef? It depends . . . on what's at steak. What’s at stake (steak) in life depends on whose hands you are in. What you value. Silent film star, movie director and comedian, Charlie Chaplin once said, “I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.” When I do that, walk in the rain, I feel God crying with me. For me. Chaplin also
wrote, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” The differing values of tragedy and comedy are closer than you think Value is a unique concept.
Things have value for many different reasons. An item’s value may be derived from who made it. It might be valued because of how many people want it. Or what they will pay for it. As an example, a basketball in my hands is worth around $19. In LeBron James' hands it’s worth almost $43 million. A LOT depends on whose hands it's in. A baseball in my hands is probably worth $6. In the hands of Francisco Lindor (remember him?) it’s worth more than $40 million. A lot depends on whose hands it's in. A putter in my hands – let’ not even go there.
A staff in my hands might keep a wild animal away (maybe.) In the hands of Moses, it can part a whole sea. A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy. In David's hands, it’s a giant killer. In my hands, 2 fish, 5 loaves and a little mayonnaise is a couple of fish sandwiches. In God’s hands it’s a feast for 5,000+. A lot depends on whose hands things are in.
Just before she died in an apartment fire last year, a 30-year-old mother tossed her three-year-old out of a window, trying to save his life. Instead of dying, the young boy landed in the outstretched hands of Phillip Blanks. Blanks gained his steady hands as a wide receiver on the football team of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. He’s also related to my hero, former NFL great Barry Sanders. He has a steel constitution as the result of serving in the Marine Corps. So, it depends on whose hands you’re in.
It matters a great deal where I put my cares and concerns; worries and wonderment; fears and failings; my hopes, dreams, desires. My family. My faith. For me it all - everything and every thing - depends on whose hands I put my life in.
Dearest God: help me day by day, in every way, to place my life, “my everyday, ordinary life—my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life” in Your hands. And, even if it’s with baby steps, to step into your purpose for me.