Well, it’s good to be back after a week away. Thanks for all your well wishes via e-mail and in person yesterday. It was so wonderful to come back to a worship service like we had yesterday morning. Great singing, great message from Jeremiah (teaching pastor at MosaicHouse, our daughter church) and lots of pastoral heart. Yesterday, I informed the congregation that Josh and Kristen Steenbergen’s baby (who is current at 22 weeks in vitro) has some serious, life threatening issues. Many folks stayed after the service as we anointed Kristen with oil and prayed for healing. Can I encourage all of you to hold this family up in your prayers? Also, continue to keep Sunghee, another member of our congregation in prayer, as she faces stage 4 cancer and further cancer treatments.
From July 1st to 7th, I led a team of Riverites to the Okanagan to work with the Okanagan Gleaners located near Oliver, B.C. For those of you who don’t know, they glean excess produce from different parts of the Okanagan which they dry in order to make soup which they package and send overseas to hungry people. The reason this work is so significant is because their soups are so rich in essential nutrients. A major problem in impoverished regions of the world is not only the amount of food available, but the variety of food available. Many people who starve, so to speak, don’t die of the absence of food, but of malnutrition; that is, the lack of essential vitamin and minerals. During the week, we created over 65,000 servings of soup. Over the years, the Gleaners have created over 10,000,000 servings of soup. What’s more, not only did our team have the opportunity to do something practical for a week, we also had a lot of FUN together! We shared some great food, beach days, a fantastic firework display in Osoyoos on July 1st, wine tours, camping, some intense games of ladder ball, cards, and much more. I’m planning a return to the Gleaners with The River’s 40 plus group next May/June. Let me know if you’re IN!
Just a reminder to keep on reading the Psalms! Remember, it’s a SUMMER OF PSALMS! Here’s a link to a great worship psalm is a version of Psalm 23. Click HERE!
For a prayer Psalm, pray Psalm 86. A prayer of David:
Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.