Each morning I receive an email devotional that is short and pithy and
gives me something to think about as I start my day. I'm sharing
today's devotional with the hope that it will resonate with you
in some way this day.
This reading is by the Rev. Richard L. Floyd and is entitled "Holy
A read-through of the Bible indicates that the typical response to an
encounter with the Holy is fear. Both Moses before the burning bush
and Jacob at Bethel were struck with awe at the presence of God. And
it seems every time an angel appears with a divine message the first
words they speak are a reassuring, "Fear not!"
And then there's today's verse "The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom." (Psalm 111:10) What are we to make of it? Perhaps we
only gain wisdom when we realize the limits of our life in comparison
with that which is greater than we are. That is part of the reason for
worship: to realize our mortality in the face of God's eternity, our
sinfulness in contrast to God's holiness. If fear seems too strong a
word, sidle up to it slowly by thinking about "awe" and "reverence."
A prayer from the New Century Hymnal has this line in it: "May you
love God so much that you love nothing else too much; May you fear God
enough that you need fear nothing at all." Amen!
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A big THANK YOU to:
*Ginny and Bill Gardner for weeding Zion's flower garden.
*Walt Way for gathering bids and supervising the work for a new
heating system for Zion and Tyson LeRoy for doing the same for St.
*The women of St. Mark for preparing the after-funeral lunch for the
family of H.E. Keith.
CAN YOU HELP WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FLOYD COUNTY
Please leave supplies in Zion’s narthex BY SUNDAY AUGUST 2nd…..
paper, Kleenex, #2 pencils, pens, notebook paper, erasers, crayons, markers,
colored pencils, white glue, glue sticks, 12” rulers, scotch tape,
1/4 “ graph paper, pencil boxes, one-subject composition notebooks,
unlined index cards, scissors including left-handed, blunt-nosed and
pointed, clear plastic report covers, three prong pocket folders.
Oak Grove Pavilion presents Awesomesauce this Saturday, August 1 at
7:00 pm. Awesomesauce is a classic rock band featuring songs from
Bonnie Raitt, Doobie Brothers, Heart, Etta James, Eagles, The Beatles,
Fleetwood Mac, The Guess Who, CCR, Adele, Pink Floyd and MUCH more!
The crowd loved them at their Oak Grove debut last summer - you will, too!
This Sunday is Zion's homecoming. We will have a joint parish service
at 10:30 am at Zion with a potluck lunch following. St. Mark's
homecoming is August 23; we will follow the same schedule that day.
Please keep in prayer the family of H.E. Keith, whose funeral service
was today at St. Mark. He was the uncle of Mike Smith and cousin
of David Harman.
Yours in Christ,