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PRAYER LIST
Please keep members of our
Church Family in your prayers:


Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Olga Kehoe
Maryde King
Natalie Klohck


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
God our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and bring comfort and strength to those who suffer.
AMEN



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Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation

 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the el-ders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. (Joshua 24:1-4)

Two Opportunities


Years ago I noticed a random fact and it grabbed me: All Saints Day and the American Thanks-giving celebration each occur within a few weeks of each other. I like this!

I'll do my best to explain. All Saints Day celebrates the spiritual connection between the Church truimphant - those who are now fully present with God, and the Church militant - those of us who are in the here and now. All Saint's Day dates from the 8th century C.E. and the original celebra-tion of American Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 in gratitude for the Pilgrims first successful harvest.

The connection between the two of them that has gotten ahold of me is what makes them possi-ble - it is memory! Our honoring of the saints is only possible because we remember them. Similarly, we rejoice at Thanksgiving because we remember the bounty we have received. Also, in a hard way, our memories can make us sad because we grieve the loss of saints we knew personally and some-times enjoying a good harvest takes us back in our minds to times when we did not have enough.

Nevertheless, memory creates foundations for us. The section from Joshua above is one of the many examples in the Bible where we are reminded of what God has done for us. The Biblical writers knew the power in reminding people of God's faithfulness towards us.

So this month, I encourage you to take advantage of these two particular days to recall those persons who have helped you along your way, and to recall the blessings you have received. It will make you more grateful to God, and more aware of your blessings.

Gratefully,
Pastor Leonard

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

 

 

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