SUPPER AND SUBSTANCE
Our last Supper and Substance will take place on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Please bring a simple dish to share.
Pastor Gillian will lead the weekly discussion series, "Longing For Light."
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
July 9 - July 15, 2017
If you are interested in the youth mission trip this summer, please contact Pastor Gillian as soon as possible. All youth aged over 12 years are welcome to come on this trip to South Carolina.
First Presbyterian Church March 28, 2017
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A 17th Century Nun's Prayer About Old Age
Lord, thou knows better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom its seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knows Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint- some of them are so hard to live with- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
Whether or not this prayer was, indeed, written by a nun in the 17th century, is hard to know. What we can know is that it speaks to human nature in whatever day and age. There is an element of humor to it, but also an element of truth that is worth remembering whatever our age.
Perhaps the last couple of lines are as noteworthy as any, and offer us down right good advice. Unexpected places offer good things, and unexpected people display talents that surprise us.
The emphasis is often on the people whose only "talent" is to maim, injure and cause suffering to others. They get more than their fair share of airtime. But look a little more closely, and we see there are many good people whose "talents" are to bring help, healing and hope to others.
Let us rejoice in the goodness of humanity and make it is our aim to be the people who bring unexpected talents and blessings to those around us.
Blessings and peace,
Please pray for all who grieve and mourn, whose hearts are broken by loss of any kind and those who struggle with addiction, unemployment, hopelessness or illness of body, mind or spirit.
Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.
Prayers for healing are requested for Pam Simpson, Nancy Tobias, Bonnie Eastman, Alex, nephew of Shelley, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, and Marlene Wilson. Please also pray for Karen Schneider who faces cancer treatment. Karen is a friend of Bill and Lissy Blandford. Prayers are requested for Phyllis Powers, a friend of Denise Park. Phyllis is undergoing surgery for lung cancer. Prayers also are asked for Deb Yale's son in law, Kevin.
Pray for all who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones and who seek God's healing peace and consolation.
Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.
Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8