*As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we look at some of the writings of Martin Luther. I find this one especially inspiring. Luther writes: "If you are lacking something, well, here is good advice: "Pour out your heart before him." Voice your complaint freely, and do not conceal anything from God. Regardless of what it is, just throw it in a pile before him, as you open your heart completely to a good friend. God wants to hear it, and he wants to give you his aid and counsel. Do not be bashful before God, and do not think that what you ask is too big or too much. Come right out with it, even if all you have is bags full of need. Do not dribble your requests before him. The more you ask, the happier God is to hear you. Only pour it all out, do not dribble or drip it. For God will not drip or dribble either, but he will flood you with a veritable deluge."
*There will be a benefit concert at Oak Grove Pavilion on Friday, October 6, from 7 pm to 10 pm. The benefit is for a local man, James Helms, who in need of a kidney transplant. Three bands will perform: Virginia Hollow, Seph Custer and Little Shiver. Come on out and listen to some great music as you contribute to Mr. Helms' medical fund.
*As you know, recent hurricanes have devastated parts of Texas, Florida and nations in the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria is the latest to leave behind catastrophic destruction, particularly in Puerto Rico. Lutheran Disaster Response is working around the clock to bring aid into these areas which have been reduced to little more than rubble. To give to Lutheran Disaster Response, where 100% of donations are used for direct services, visit http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/. On the screen, you can click on Hurricanes Irma and Maria or Hurricane Harvey to target your donation. If you wish your gift to be used in Puerto Rico, choose the Irma and Maria link.
*This coming Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Zion will worship as usual at 9:30 am, while St. Mark will meet for worship with our Methodist neighbors up the hill at 11:00 am.
*Ginny Gardner and I will be leaving tomorrow morning at 10:00 am to deliver the sensory items our parish made to the Minnick School in Salem. Please let me know if you would like to join us.
*Please keep in your prayers: Jan Fullbright, mother and mother-in-law of Phil and Debbie, as she recovers from a heart attack; she is in a rehab center working go become strong enough for a cardiac procedure; and the people of Puerto Rico and all who have suffered horrific losses from recent hurricanes.
"Let all that you do be done in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14