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I have sent the weekly email out earlier than usual. For one, Veteran’s Day is Friday and the church building is closed. However, I also know there is a great range of emotion among you. I respect wherever you may be on the emotional spectrum and care for you. Some of you are hopeful and glad. Many on either side did not feel good about who they were voting for and are nervous, even if their candidate won. Many are distraught and the imagination is torturing them with visions of what might be. Others are grieving as they feel something has been lost in our country that we will never regain. You’ve come by, you’ve called or emailed, and I empathize.
It is so interesting that the two lectionary scripture readings read on this Sunday every three years deal with visions of the future. They are very different. You can click on them in the Scripture section of this email. Isaiah paints a beautiful vision of a possible future, “I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.”
However, in Luke, we are given a different vision altogether: â€œAnd he said, â€œBeware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, â€˜I am he!â€™ and, â€˜The time is near!â€™ Do not go after them. â€œWhen you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.â€ Then he said to them, â€œNation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.â€
I think of the veteran’s and how many suffered the horrors of war in order to protect the freedoms we claim in our Constitution that we are privileged to enjoy. It’s good for us to remember that we elected our representatives to uphold that Constitution and that they are subject to it, lest we be â€œled astray.â€ I would say this no matter who was elected as this is not political, this is the role we are supposed to play as citizens.
As people of faith, we also proclaim that he is subject to Christ and the commandment to love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as you love yourself. No one is exempt from that. It is important to root ourselves in Christ, and not let any other lead us astray.
So the votes are in but the work is not done. Itâ€™s still up to us to choose which kind of future we want to work towards. As good citizens’ it is important that we hold our Constitution as the authority for our country, and, as people of faith, the ineffable God, as the sole authority of our hearts.
I leave you with a part of a Jewish prayer that I find myself reciting often:
To quote the third stanza:
“For all who live on earth shall realize
we have not come into being to hate or to destroy.
We have come into being to praise, to labor and to love.”
From the traditional Jewish prayer book.
I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:00am for meaningful worship, thoughtful exploration and community, as we explore this week’s text together. If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream this service through Internet Streaming.
Rev. Matt Gough
Corvallis IFHCN is part of Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO). Our congregation is a member of that organization and will host the Fall Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 12th. All are welcome.
This Sunday, Nov. 13th: Congregational Meeting for the election of officers and changing the by-laws. We are asking the congregation to change the minimum required elders to 12 from 15 and Trustees, from 12 to 9. We can always have more but we feel these minimums will suffice to represent the congregation.
Please join us, Saturday, November 19th, from 9:00am-12:00pm for the Fall Yard Clean Up here at the church.
Sunday, November 20th, we will be asking our congregation to donate non-expired, non-perishable food items to help feed those in need. Please drop your donations off at the church office.
Sign-ups for Friday Reiki sessions from either 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm are available through the church office. 541-753-2228.
Name tags – Many members and friends graciously wear name tags to be more hospitable. Temporary name tags are available in the Narthex or from an usher. If you make 1st Pres your worshipping home then let the office know and we will gladly make you a permanent one! If you have a name tag please wear one, and introduce yourself to your neighbors!
Fair Trade coffee at Fellowship Hourâ€”By serving Fair Trade coffee, we support farmers, communities, and environmental sustainability around the world. Your contributions help cover the cost; just look for the donation basket at Fellowship Hour.
Just a reminder that there is no parking parallel to the yellow curb in the parking lot. Please only park in designated parking lot spaces or out on the street. On Sundays, parking is also available in the Multi-Cultural Center parking lot across 9th Street.
#worshipleader Is your child interested in being a part of worship? We’re always looking for kids to read or share their musical talents. Find Jonathan after worship or click the buttons in the left-hand sidebar to sign up!
Our church library: You are welcome to stop by the library on your way to coffee hour. Pick up a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie. Meet others who like to read. The latest book arrivals are located on the shelf above the movies. The free book box, located at the back of the library, is a great place to find free books for all ages or to drop off books you no longer want on your shelves at home.
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