I was noticing last Sunday at church and again on Tuesday at our congregational meeting, that many of you seem tired. And not just tired, but weary. It’s been a very long season for many of us – not only the farmers but so many others too, dealing with some really hard things in life. So what can I say to encourage you today? I was going through an old journal just recently, and I found this prayer written by Ted Loder. I hope it encourages you – or at least helps you take a deep breath today…
gather me now to be with you as you are with me.
Soothe my tiredness;
quiet my fretfulness;
curb my aimlessness;
relieve my compulsiveness;
let me be easy for a moment.
release me from the fears and guilts which grip me so tightly;
from the expectations and opinions which I so tightly grip;
that I may be open to receiving what you give,
to risk something genuinely new,
to learning something refreshingly different.
gather me to be with you, as you are with me.”
We’ve got a busy weekend here at Malmo. TONIGHT at 7pm, the Malmo Youth are hosting the annual Community Barn Dance at the Schultz Barn. Tickets are $8/person or $35/family. There will be a baked potato bar, square dancing, an area for kids to play and of course lots of space to visit with your neighbours. So come on out for a fun evening!
On Saturday morning from 10:00am to Noon, the C.E. Board is hosting the seminar, “Growing Healthy Children”. Come join us as we welcome Dawne Adkins from Red Deer. She is a specialist with children’s grief and stress. We will explore what stress is, why it’s not always bad and how we can handle it. This session is appropriate for Grade 4 and up along with parents. But it’s not just for children – it’s for adults of all ages too!
And then on Sunday, we’ll be gathering together for Sunday School at 9:45am and our Worship service at 11:00am.
I hope you have a great weekend!