In my sermon on Sunday, I mentioned the book Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life. I love this book because it gives us some insight into what Jesus means when he talks about giving us abundant life. The authors of the book describe a process we can go through each day, when at day's end we ask ourselves two questions: For what moment today am I most grateful? For what moment today am I least grateful? The more we do this, we discover we move toward relationships, jobs and activities that bring us the most life and move away from those things that bring us the least life. We do this, of course, with Jesus at the center of all we do, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to move in the direction God would have us move. I heartily recommend the book; it would make a great graduation, birthday, anniversary or Father's Day gift.
The Oak Grove Pavilion season begins June 3 with a rousing concert featuring the White Top Mountain Band! It starts at 7:00 pm and, as always, is free with an intermission offering to support local nonprofit organizations. I will send you the complete schedule once I find it (it seems I have temporarily misplaced it.) I can tell you there will be a play this year August 18,19, 25 and 26. Vickie's diabolical brain is working overtime so the play will be extra delicious!
Pentecost Sunday is June 4; we will celebrate with a joint worship service at the Motley home at 10:30 am. Worship will be followed by a meal; the parish will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks and those attending can bring side and dessert items, if able. We live at 512 Oak Hill Drive in Floyd, just down the hill from Floyd Elementary School.
Power in the Spirit is the Virginia Synod's inspirational conference for all who wish to explore God's call to service through joyous worship, Bible studies, keynote addresses, workshops, games and fellowship. This year's event is called "On Our Way Reforming!" and will explore the ways in which Christians are always "recalculating" our way forward as individuals and as a Church. Leaders for this year's event include Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Reformation scholar and professor emeritus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; The Rev. Tracie Bartholomew, Bishop of the New Jersey Synod and former Virginia Synod pastor and the worship band "Voices of Praise." The event will be at Roanoke College in Salem, July 13-15. Please see me for more information and registration material.