Jesus’ words about truth and freedom are the lion’s roar of the Lutheran Reformation. Luther and his partners, trusting these and similar words from Jesus, moved boldly to transform the Church. Their work sparked a paradigm shift in how people encountered God. Set free from anxiety about stoking their own egos, people experienced God in freedom to love and strength to serve with joy. To this day, wherever we find freedom, truth, love, and courageous service, there we find Jesus at work.
At Shepherd of the Valley, Jesus’ truth sets us free in many ways. The Word works on us in Sunday worship and in our private prayers. That same Word works on us now in the four-week process offered by the Healthy Communication Ad Hoc Committee (HCAC). Last Sunday, Michelle Nelson Sinn helped us learn how to handle the words that God has lent to us for holy living, how to guide our tongues so we can speak respectfully and build one another up, how to heal the hurt that is sometimes done by our words when we are careless. This is God’s Word of Truth setting us free.
Next Sunday the HCAC will continue in this Word. With skits, a dandy short video, and other helpful presentations we will go deeper into developing skills for respectful communication. These skills will help Jesus free us from shame, disrespect, and needless conflict so we can live more fully for God.
In the final two weeks of the process, on October 23 and November 6, the HCAC will ask for your partnership in developing guidelines to serve as the basis of a Covenant for Healthy Communication. Working on how we use words will help us keep on walking in truth and freedom as Jesus’ disciples. So I invite you to join together in this work of spiritual formation — Reformation! — at SOV.
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Lessons for Sunday, October 16th
2 Timothy 3:14-5:5
Wednesday 9:00 – 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
10:00 a Bible Study
Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 p KOK Preschool
Friday 9:00 – 1:00 p KOK Preschool
Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Service
9:45 a Sunday School for all ages
No Confirmation Class
Scrip Sunday, October 16th
Please turn your order forms in to Caryl or drop them in the Scrip order mailbox located in the Narthex.
Memorial Service for Dean Kruse
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
(Please let Tammy know if you can bring bars or cookies, they can be brought in anytime during the week or on Saturday)
KOK Christmas Greens Fundraiser
Please give your order and payment to Wendy by October 25th. Pick up Date is November 20th.