Hello Everyone,

Hello Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Christ,

A couple of weekends ago, I attended a women’s retreat at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. This centre, a former convent, is located on Dumas Bay, a beautiful body of water ringed by the Cascades.

On Saturday morning, I arose very early and was greeted by a most unusual and inspiring sight from my second story window. A little bird was perched on the corner of the first floor roof. The bird, perched so very still, was silhouetted against a mighty mountain rising from the Cascade range across the bay. I held my breath and just watched for some time until the little bird flitted away. I was fascinated that such a small creature held the same significance in God’s creation as the great mountain many miles away. Several minutes later, a container ship slipped silently past the centre and I thought of how God, in His love and grace, meets our every need as well as the needs of His small but precious creatures. I wished I had taken a picture of the scene with my phone. Yet it lingers even now. More at home in our neighborhood, I spotted something I have never seen before….a wisteria tree! I have observed wisteria entwined around porch overhangs but I had never seen a large wisteria tree! The lovely lavender blossoms cascading so gracefully from each branch brought to mind 1 Peter 2:9. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” What a joy it is to be a part of the royal priesthood of believers! And to also count ourselves as part of the great cloud of witnesses who have come before us and will come after us as we run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Below is the Gifts in Worship master for the month of June. Note that there is only one service at 9:30 beginning on June 11.

Blessings to all of you as we begin our summer worship schedule.

In Christ’s love, Linnea

2017 06 Gifts in Worship Master