Packed and Ready to Go
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.  You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.  Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. —1 Corinthians 12:1-3

A Scottish atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow him. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, “Oh, my God! Help me!” All at once the scene froze in place and, as the atheist hung in midair, a booming voice came down from the clouds. “I thought you didn’t believe in me?” “Come on, God, a minute ago I didn’t believe in the Loch Ness monster, either.”

After a time of respite and revelry in the summer months, the time is upon us to be about our normal activities. I pray that you have found fun in your travels, a boost to your spirits in your reunions with family and friends, and an ease for your souls in times of relaxation and vacation. It has been fun to catch up with some of you from time to time throughout the summer months, and I look forward to seeing all of you as we get ready to get back to our routines.

As we enter into September, we will spend some time thinking about how we all are really “packed and ready to go” in many ways. I would challenge you to think about what Jesus asks us to do, and we will all ponder the many ways we are equipped to do the tasks before us.

I look forward to our celebration on September 9, as we will kick off our fall season with big festivities once again. Please make plans to be with us, as the rocket car makes its return along with the bounce house, and Kona Ice for all! Add to that one big worship experience, and a pot luck lunch, a return of our wonderful band in the gazebo, and we will be off and running in grand style.

We so often just go about our business, unthinking about all the ways we really are prepared for whatever may come our way. Let’s come together and rethink how our time in community strengthens us for the journey. We are prepared for any Loch Ness monster. Let’s regather and worship the God who knows us each by name, and hears us when we call…


Pastor Clark