A Post-Easter Query

after_easter_108507775This morning as I was working through my devotional time and pondering what this past holy week presented us, I came across this brief thought from Kyle Reed who challenges us post-Easter to ask ourselves a question.

For most people inside the church the only hangover they will have all year is after Easter and Christmas (I do say most, you can write in whatever else you want there). The Monday after Easter is one of reflection and remembering. Maybe you crashed hard from the sugar buzz that the Easter bunny provided, or it could be the spiritual buzz that you felt yesterday morning reflecting on why we celebrate Easter. In all honesty the days after Easter provide us with a time to recoup and rest. What I wonder though is what this hangover can do to us?

For someone who has grown up in the church his entire life, the only thing I can remember about Easter from years past is the suits that I got to wear and the candy that I got to eat. It seemed that the Resurrection was the last thing that was on my mind. Call me a spoiled church kid, but I really think that Easter Sunday was just another Sunday with a lot of new people. As I reflected on my time yesterday at church, I continued to ask myself what would be different, how would I be changed from this day and its significance?

I find it interesting that we put a lot of emphasis on lent and the days that lead up to Easter. In the most recent years we have seen lent take on the identity of pulling back from social media and entertainment. People professing their ability to be distracted by twitter, blogs, and television and instead are committing to focus on God. Lent provides us a chance to prepare for what is to come.

But what happens after Easter? Inside of scripture we see the church get its start after Easter (what we would call Easter, Christ Resurrection). We see this amazing hope of life after death preached to every nation. And we see the Church start to grow. Today, what do we see happening after Easter? Do people go back to their everyday lives? Do they come back to church the next week? Are things different? It seems like the church continues their regularly scheduled series after Easter and we go back to living our lives the way it has always been.

I asked myself this question:

How will Easter change You?

*kyle

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Holy Week and Easter Celebration Events

Again this year we are offering a variety of opportunities for you to take a reflective journey this Holy Week. Our hope is that you will join with us in seeking God’s redemption this Easter Season!

1620942_10152652317779128_82486293_nWednesday (April 16th) from 5pm-9pm  – Returns Art Gallery featuring musical guest Ings and an Illuminated Gospel of Mark (including artists from SFC).  This event takes place at Oak Street Church, Silverton, Oregon.

 

0324_JTCThursday and Friday (April 17th-18th) 6-9pm Thurs. and 9am-3pm Fri. – Journey to the Cross and interactive walk through of the journey our Lord took to the cross during the first Holy Week. (The activity is self-guided and takes approximately 45 to journey). It will take place in SFC’s gym.

imagesSaturday (April 19th) 10-11:30am – Easter Egg Hunt for kids of all ages!  Join Miss Debbie for a morning of Egg Hunts and Story Time.  This event is held at SFC – meet in the Fellowship Hall.

 

resurrection-sunday-plays_1396622666Sunday (April 20th) – EASTER SUNDAY! Join us at 9am for a Family Breakfast,  9:30-10:30am for a Family Craft, and 10:45am for our Easter Worship!

There will be NO children’s church on Easter Sunday. Activity booklets will be provided for the children during the service.

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A Modern Version of The Prayer of St. Francis

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Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is sensationalism, let me bring your truth
Where there is flaunting of wealth, your simplicity, Lord
And in the midst of noise, prayerful silence

Make me a channel of your peace
To those obsessed with entertainment, let me bring joy
To the vain and the greedy, your humility, Lord
And to the virtual world, authenticity

O Master grant that I may never seek
Quantity over quality
Individualism over solidarity
Anonymity over transparency

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in friending that we initiate dialogue
In networking that we create positive relations
And in the giving of self in love that we truly communicate

By Fr. Stephen Cuyos

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Pastor Bob used this to end his sermon on Sunday – may it become a prayer that is close to our hearts as it changes each of us.

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Preparing for Resurrection

One of my favorite writers, GK Chesterton, once wrote a poem he entitled, Second Childhood. It speaks of the resurrection:

When all my days are ending
And I have no song to sing,
I think that I shall not be too old
To stare at everything;
As I stared once at a nursery door
Or a tall tree and a swing. …

Men grow too old for love; my love,
Men grow too old for lies;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Enormous night arise,
A cloud that is larger than the world
And a monster made of eyes. …

Men grow too old to woo, my love,
Men grow too old to wed;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Hung crazily overhead
Incredible rafters when I wake
And I find that I am not dead.

Strange crawling carpets of the grass,
Wide windows of the sky;
So in this perilous grace of God
With all my sins go I;
And things grow new though I grow old,
Though I grow old and die.

riseFriends, what the resurrection of Jesus promises is that things can always be new again. It’s NEVER too late to start over. Nothing is irrevocable. No betrayal is final. No sin is unforgivable. Every form of death can be overcome. There isn’t any loss that can’t be redeemed. Every day is virgin. There is really no such thing as old age. This is the good news in which we live as followers of Christ!

As together we move into the Easter Season, may our mind be focused on the daily resurrection that God’s grace provides. SFC it is never too late to start over – Thanks be to God!

Grace and peace, Pastor Bob+

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SFC Welcomes Guest Preachers

SFC has the privilege of welcoming two of our very own to our pulpit.

FW019333This coming Sunday (March 23), we welcome a son of our meeting, benadam Climer.   He will be bringing a biblical message while sharing of his personal passions and adventures in being the hands and feet of Christ to the world.

benadam and his new bride, Selene, recently moved to Eugene, Oregon and is looking forward to welcoming their first child into this world at the end of April.  benadam is the son of Deborah (SFC’s Children’s Minister) and Curtis Climer (Clerk of Social Concerns).

imagesOn Sunday (March 30) SFC has the opportunity to hear again from John Pattison, as he shares from his heart on “Gratitude.”   John is quickly approaching the release of the book he co-authored with Chris Smith, “Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

John and his wife, Kate, are members of SFC and have two beautiful daughters, Molly and Julia.  They are dedicated to the community of Silverton and making visible God’s Kingdom in this place.   Check out more about Slow Church here.

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Peacemaker Workshops are coming to SFC!

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Join us to learn practical biblical skills for conflict resolution from a powerful video presentation titled “Resolving Everyday Conflict.”  There will be interactive discussions to practice principles of conflict resolution. These classes are open to all who are interested and cost $15 (which includes the study guide).  We will offer two opportunities:

Sunday Mornings:
(7 Sundays)
9:00-10:20am
March 16 – May 4

Mondays Evenings:
(4 Nights)
7:00-9:15pm
March 17 – April 7

Please register with Deb Climer through the church office, and for more information on the workshops check out the Peacemaker Ministries website

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Is Your Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

cupThe Lenten season begins March 5th with Ash Wednesday. But what does Lent mean? How often do we think about Lent as giving up chocolate or some other delectable delight? Or maybe we think about our words and say that we will stop gossiping or saying some “bad” word.

In the end, how often do we feel that our cup is left half empty from giving up something but not finding any meaning?

What if we did not think about Lent as giving up something but rather gaining something?

Maybe this Lent could be about gaining a deeper understanding of God’s presence and grace in our life. Maybe it could be about us being filled to overflowing with God’s love. What if in emptying ourselves and taking a good hard look inside, we would end up feeling more full—full of compassion and understanding, forgiveness and grace.

What if after these 40 days our glass seemed half full?

There is a song, “Ready for You” by the group Kutless,that can remind us of this emptying in order to be filled with God.

Cleanse all of my mind that is not of You.

Break me, teaching me how to find rest in Your hands.

Come and take my life, make my soul refreshed in truth now.

I am ready for You. Take my heart and make me new now.

I am ready for You to come and fill my soul.

Won’t You come and fill my soul?

What will you offer God this Lent? Take a quiet moment to reflect and pray, to offer yourself before God, and allow Him to fill your cup to overflowing.

Join us during the 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday as our queries will help us ponder these Lenten thoughts.

Grace and peace, Pastor Bob+

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