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Monday, September 5, 2016

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9-4-16

Martha Pennell, mpennell@northernpottersd.org

Grapevine articles are due to Robin Leach by September 6th. Shared Ministry meeting convenes September 6th, at 7 pm in the Christian Education building at First Presbyterian church. Choir rehearsal resumes there Saturday, September 10th, at 10 am. Deacons meet after worship September 11th. 

Presbyterian Ladies’ group Friend X meets Monday, September 12th at 1 pm in the Christian Education building, and Germania Luncheon club meets Wednesday, September 14th, at noon at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

Beginning his sermon, “Life’s Center,” Pastor Tom asked us to think of the word “center.” If one is building a see-saw, the center must be found for balance. Likewise, at the start of each day, we get centered, not out of balance. Jesus gives us a center. Sometimes we veer off center, but Jesus keeps us centered. He told us to pray, give, forgive, do not be anxious, do not judge, practice self-control, and to speak truthfully. Everything we do matters! Peace comes into our lives when we are centered. He took the time to give centering wisdom (Luke 14: 25-33) to the people following him. 

If they really wanted to be his disciples, he instructed them to take their principles from him. If we center on him, according to Pastor Tom, it prevents us from being off balance in the conduct of our lives. He concluded Jesus is our guide and our center, and we look to him for the principles of our lives. He is our center. Thanks be to God!

1 comment :

Kathy said...

Thank you, Martha. So important to forgive.