Monday, February 25

Stillness...every now and then

Dear Friends,
    "Be still and know that I am God.
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10
    I am not alone in running frantic.  Between church and home, there are times that I live at a pace set by some pacesetter I don't even know.  And yet, If I'm honest, I realize that I am running a race that I see many others around me running as well.  Some are running even more frantically than I am.  I am amazed when I consider the number of nights and weekends that I spend at St. Andrew's beyond regular office hours.  However, I am even more astounded when I consider some of St. Andrew's volunteers who work full time jobs and then seem to be spending as much time if not more time in the building as I am.  (There are leaders of our musicale who would be prime examples of this).  I don't even know how some of them do it and how they manage to fit it all into a day.  And it is because of the commitment of so many of our volunteers in many different groups, committees, and ministries that we are so richly blessed as the people of God in this place. 
    I would be alone, or maybe in a very small group of company if I actually followed God's words to be still.  Also, paused and idled, I imagine that a lot of things would pass me by.  And yet, I know that in the frenetic pace of our lives, sometimes we just need to find some time to slow down, decompress, worship, pray, read, and care for ourselves.  If that time is not on our calendars right now (or any time in the near future for that matter), we should be thinking about when that time might be.
    It is in being still that we know that God is God and place our trust in Him.  In Psalm 46, it is suggested that stillness is a prerequisite to hearing and knowing that God is exalted over all the earth. It is in being still that we even take time to observe the beauty of the world around us, to pray for others, or to resolve to move in a new direction in living.  This Wednesday evening, we invite you to join us for time in the middle of a hectic week to slow down and be still, perhaps to enjoy a good meal in St. Andrew's Hall with our community of faith (meal begins at 6:30 PM for those of you who can arrive early) and to then spend some time in prayer at our 7:30 midweek service.  This Wednesday we will be reflecting on Psalm 46, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble"
    This Psalm was near and dear to the heart of Martin Luther and has strengthened the church through the centuries.  We hope that you will join us this Wednesday as we ponder this Psalm and pray for the needs of God's people and emerging ministries in our community.     
     And of course, we are off to see the Wizard this the weekend, The Wizard of Oz.  This outstanding show involving over 90 people from St. Andrew's will be performed Friday and Saturday night at 7PM (Free will offering)  Doors open at 6:15.  Be sure to get there early in order to get a seat.  Bring family and friends to this wonderful production.  Remember that there will be no Saturday Service at 5PM this weekend.   See you in church!
Pastor Mueller

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