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Sunday, August 6, 2017

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 8-6-17

by Martha Pennell,

Collins Park in Galeton is the location for Germania Luncheon club’s picnic lunch Wednesday, August 9th, at noon. 

The Board of Deacons of First Presbyterian church meet after worship Sunday, August 13th. Also on the 13th, all are welcome to attend an ice cream social at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Social hall at 2 pm. Come on out for good food, fellowship and fun! 

Women’s Bible study meets Wednesday, August 16th, at 3 pm at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

In his sermon, “The Sound of Silence,” Pastor Roger reminisced about the 1960’s song by Simon and Garfunkel. He believes, however, we have lost the silence. 

As a boy Pastor Roger struggled with multiplication tables; his mother told him to be silent and he would get it. “Be silent and know I am God…” 

In the scriptures people had encounters with God in silence. Moses was raised by a princess and resided in a palace. He was on a fast track to success when he killed an Egyptian who had been beating a Hebrew. 

After fleeing to Midian he married and tended sheep, residing in seclusion and solitude in the wilderness. That is where his divine encounter occurred (Exodus 3: 1-6).

 In Acts 9: 1-9, Saul kept up his threats of murder against Christians. His divine encounter happened on the road to Damascus, where he was blinded for three days. Uninterrupted silence akin to eternity resulted in his transformation. 

The murder of John the Baptist (Matthew 14: 1-13a) cut Jesus to the quick. He went to be alone, to bathe in healing, soothing, qualities of silence. 

The sound of silence can illuminate, heal, and discipline, Pastor Roger concluded.

1 comment :

Kathy said...

What a true post, Martha. This culture celebrates constant activity. Some people seem to thrive on that, but I believe we should take time out to nourish our souls.