We are just hours away from the arrival of the queen of the Sabbath, Sabbath Eve. What a wonderful gift from God! It’s a time to slow down, enjoy the fruits of our labors, enjoy family and friends, and a time to come and join God’s family in Bible study and praise.
First, let me say a big THANK YOU to all of you for a great Sabbath last week with the kids from Walla Walla University. Being out of town for the weekend, I was rather concerned that this was not a good time to be gone. But Sunnyside rose to the occasion; you housed and fed the entire group and from what I hear, the students returned the favor with an outstanding worship service and concert. I am so sorry that I missed it. An extra big thanks needs to be given to Jim Newell for his many hours of work pulling this all together.
Tomorrow will again be a full day with two worship services with the sermon entitled, “To God Be the Glory in the Church.” Our mixed adult choir will be joining us. In the service, we are going to pull back and ask the question, “What is a church?” This is a seemingly simple question but it is also a vexing question when we make it more than just a propositional idea to be resolved by seminary monks. Church is a living organism of which we are all a part. But how does one deal with the painful moments of church life when we are tempted to ask, “Do I really need this?”
Tomorrow afternoon we will pay our respects to the life Wayne Coppernoll, a loving, happy, giving, uncomplaining, helping saint who was always here. It is hard to feel the loss of his having been taken from us so quickly. The memorial service is set for 3:00 pm.
At 5:00, the second of three presentations by Wayne Blakely will be given at our Encounters time. I understand that last week there was an excellent turnout. Wayne’s voice is special as it is unusual for he speaks hope to the gay and lesbian members of our society that God truly has another plan for them in this life and there is a way out. While Wayne speaks very carefully to his audiences, this might be a more adult or late youth session. I endorse Wayne’s presentation as one that we all need to hear for it is encouraging as it is spiritual.
There are many more important announcements to be found in tomorrow’s bulletin or online. Do look over our prayer requests in that we have a number of members who are facing health issues and would appreciate our thoughtfulness.
With you in Christ,
Pastor Scott LeMert
Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church