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Pastor Brad Luck
July 15, 2018
From the Pastor’s Desk 7/15/18
Pastor Brad continues The Healing Hands Worship series with the message titled, “Become Known.”

Mark 6:14-16 (NRSV) – The Death of John the Baptist

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason, these powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

From the time of our birth, we have an innate need to be known. We come out screaming telling the world that we are here and all those around need to pay attention. As a child we seek even more attention: “Mom, look at what I can do,” “Dad, watch me,” Nanna, come play with me,” “Papa, come throw the ball with me.” It reminds me of a character from the TV show, Dinosaurs, a number of years ago. The baby dinosaur’s classic statement was, “I’m the baby, got to love me!”

As we grow older, we yearn to be liked by our peers, so we can be part of the “cool” crowd. For some in high school, they want to be known for what sport they play, what club or activities they are a part of, what instrument they play, or what leadership role they have. After high school, we become known for what we are studying in school or by what job we have.

That need to be known continues and there are unlimited possibilities of who and what we are known for. The question is, “Are we known for what we want to be known for?”

In our scripture, it says that Herod heard of Jesus’ name through the social media of the day. The news had spread of his teaching and healing. Yet Herod wondered just who this Jesus was.

Some people were telling him that it was the reincarnation of John the Baptist that Herod ordered to be killed.

The Jews believed this Jesus was really Elijah that had come back to herald the news of the Messiah, a powerful leader, would be coming to free the people of Israel from the oppression of the Romans.

Still others said he was a prophet like the prophets of old that had come to bring the prophetic word from God after over 300 years of silence.

Herod, because of the paranoid leader that he was, decided that Jesus was John the Baptist, come back to haunt him.

Unfortunately, the assumptions we make are often influenced by the assumptions of others. We determine who people are before we take the time to talk to them or observe their actions, that is, for more than a few seconds. Let us not forget the others are also making assumptions about us.  

Here is a question to ponder:

Are you living a life for others to see that reflects the image of who you want to be known for?

God bless,

Pastor Brad
Prayer Concerns 7/15/18
It was a joy to see Judy Solik back with us this morning!  Continued prayers for the Olsen family—Sandy is very appreciative of the prayers and support they’ve received from the congregation (Pastor Doug passed away late last night).  The family of Anne Buhl left memorial flowers after a wonderful celebration of Anne’s life on Saturday.  Thank you to the congregation for the prayers and support for Ruby Baugher as she went to camp at Lake Louise last week.  Kathy Leslie asked for prayer for her boss’s wife who has a tumor on her pancreas.  Dawn Wyse asked for prayers of joy for Katrina Cheema’s new granddaughter and prayers of healing for her daughter-in-law who had some health issues.  Bailey Eicholtz asked for prayer for her dad who has a cold that isn’t going away.  Louise Proctor thanked all who helped with the funeral luncheon on Saturday and asked for healing prayer for her brother Jim Driy who is being treated for macular degeneration.  Janice Simon had a joy that her family’s 96th reunion was taking place Sunday and prayer for her brother-in-law Jim Stoinowski who, after 2 ½ weeks in the hospital, is now in ICU on a ventilator.  Prayers for Marcia Lindquist on the sudden death of her grandson Jace Smith.
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
Monday July 16 – 6 – 8:15 pm Vacation Bible School
Tuesday July 17 – 6 – 8:15 pm Church-wide BBQ and VBS celebration!
Wednesday July 18 – 7 pm SPPRC meeting
Sunday July 22
– 10:30 am Morning Worship
Special Music for the summer – Now that the choir is on their summer break, we need people to share their musical talents with us this summer.  If you’d like to present the music ministry for a Sunday, please sign up on the sheet in on the Opportunities Board or contact Betsy Rothrock.

Thanks for donating the flowers – If you happen to be here during the week, please grab a container from the kitchen and water the flowers…they are in pots by the kitchen door, the main doors off the parking lot, and the driveway by the canopy.  Thanks again for your help!

Pocket Prayer Shawls available – The knitting group has prepared pocket prayer shawls to help us pray for our country’s leaders and our troops throughout our busy days.  They are in a basket on the glass case in the narthex.  Help yourself!  Thank you to the knitting group for providing these!

  Office vacation schedule – Jill will be out of the office next week, July 23 through July 27.  Messages may be left in the office, on the answering machine, and by email and will be addressed when she returns.  If something can’t wait until she returns, please contact Pastor Brad.  Messages can also be left with Joan Wittkop as well.
Birthdays 7/15 - 7/21
Sunday July 15 Ron Whitmill  
Tuesday July 17 Austin Hamilton-Fleming
  July 17 Emily Ringbloom
Wednesday July 18 Eva Lowell  
Thursday July 19 Julie Wickwire  
Friday July 20 Craig Ringbloom
Saturday July 21 Elton Helle  
Anniversaries 7/15 - 7/21
There are no anniversaries this week.
  Have a blessed week!  

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