Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The primroses are blooming in front of Fred Meyer’s so Spring must be on its way!
This morning I opened my back door and heard the beautiful sound of birdsong. The birds were trilling their delight in a morning devoid of deluges of rain! On Monday, as I left the church to go home, I happened to notice that there was no birds to be seen except for a hardy flock of seagulls on the lawn of the high school. The rain was coming down in great waves and I started wondering where the birds had sequestered themselves in order to stay protected from the rain. The empty branches covered with lichen that were a part of the many trees lining North St. offered no secluded cover for the birds. Did they by chance tuck themselves deep among the thick branches of the evergreen trees? Or did they snuggle together at the base of close-knit bushes like arborvitaes? Perhaps they were dozing under spreading ground cover.
Needless to say, I did not see one bird for the rest of the afternoon! The absence of the birds brought to mind the loving care our Heavenly Father extends to all of His creation. Even in the midst of such a downpour of rain, so many little birds are kept dry and safe by their Creator. Matthew 6:26 states, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” He also provides shelter for them when the rains come! And, of course, we, too, can rely on our Father’s faithful care and His provision for all that we need.
Below is the February Gifts in Worship master. The Ash Wednesday services are being worked out so you will see some tbd’s for that date.
Sunday, Feb 4, some of the Boy and Cub Scouts will be helping with different areas of worship. We really appreciate their participation.
In the service of One who claimed us in Love,