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Pastoral Postscripts

Hear the word of God

Happy are those who delight is in the law of the Lord; on his law they meditate day and night.
—paraphrase of Psalm 1:1-2

Calvary’s Ministry is “Sharing God’s Grace.”

Calvary’s Purpose is to
live among God’s faithful people
hear the word of God and
share in the Lord’s supper
proclaim the good news of God in Christ in word and deed
serve all people following the example of Jesus
strive for justice and peace in all the earth
care for others and the world that God made

Over these next few months, we’ll take a look at each aspect of our purpose, beginning with “Hear the word of God.” While the word “hear” brings to mind our practice of listening for the word on Sunday mornings through the reading of the Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament Epistle, and Gospel, as well as the proclamation of the sermon, we can and should engage our other senses and abilities. A prayer attributed to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggests we should not only hear, but also “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the word of God.

The autumn months provide opportunities to just that. We’ve been posting scripture on our Calvary Facebook page three times a day, so you can read a short passage at 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. We’ve added a Bible journaling (a special way of marking your Bible) workshop to our list of long-term goals. Sun-day School for children resumes with a unit on the book of Genesis; the stu-dents will learn stories about Creation, Sin, and the Flood. Our confirmation and senior high classes will start the year in a similar way, with “Creation Stations,” involving story, song, studio, stage, and screen.

And women attending our Café Chocolat retreat on Oct. 1 will inwardly digest stories of Jesus’ miracles… along with lots and lots of chocolate. Not able to commit a whole day for a retreat? Then check out the free Café Chocolat bonus session on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m.!

Pastor Tom Pairan

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