Pastors Page by Rev. Beckie Sweet

“The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it,  but proclaiming
God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength.
I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that.  
Go on and proclaim God’s clear truth to others.”  
I Corinthians 14:4-5 (The Message)

Cherished Friends in Christ,  As we embark on the season of Lent, preparing us for Easter joy, we have an awesome opportunity to hear the voice of God.  Throughout our worship services, and small group conversations, we will intentionally LISTEN for the voice of God.  In our private and corporate prayer times we often tell God many things and ask God for many things.  There are prayers of thanksgiving and adoration.  There are intercessions for loved ones, those who need protection, those who need healing.  But during this season, we will also make space for listening: for the still small voice of God; for challenge from God; for forgiveness; for guidance and direction.  Becoming comfortable with the space that silence affords us takes practice and discipline.  Remaining in a place of receptivity to God’s Spirit requires hushing the noise and demands of daily life long enough to LISTEN.  As the lyrics of Shirley Erena Murray’s hymn beckon us, “Come and find a quiet center in the crowded life we lead.”  Her second verse is especially poignant as we embark on the Lenten journey: “Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace, God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base, Making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun, Raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.” 
  Following this Lenten season of prayerful listening, the trumpet sound of resurrection joy will resound
with the  acclamation: Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed!  
May we prepare together to celebrate Jesus, the Risen One!                      
~ Rev. Beckie Sweet 


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