Friends, this week Sally and I head for Oregon to spend a week with our daughter Elizabeth and her family and to celebrate my birthday. While we are away we will keep PVCC in my prayers. Faithful members have guided this congregation for the last 48 years, and I know this tradition will continue well past our 50th anniversary in two years and on into the future. PVCC is a precious community with a unique and wonderful ministry. We keep you in our prayers and ask for yours.
Last Sunday, we noted in our prayer time that there are 40 wars raging in the world right now. We prayed for peace and we prayed for God’s presence and guidance. There is a story in the Hebrew Bible that tells of a time when the people faced odds so overwhelming that they said they felt like grasshoppers in the land of giants. It was not the first time or the last time they felt this way. In a real sense we are here because they persevered. I do not interpret this story as justification of militarism. Grasshoppers don’t have to become giants. In this day, we need less violence, not more. I encourage you to be thinking of ways that you can be a peace witness through your prayers and actions in the days to come.