Our scripture for this week tells the story of the dedication of the Temple. King Solomon offers a prayer over the just-completed building, whose construction he had ordered years before. He understands that no building – even “God’s house” – can ever contain God. But he also knows that it will be a place of prayer, where God’s people will renew their faith, and find forgiveness, hope and peace. He sees that the Temple will also be a sign to those beyond the people of Israel. They, too, may call on God’s name, and know that their prayer is heard. Jonathan’s sermon, “Dwelling,” draws on 1 Kings 8:22-30, and 41-43.
And speaking of construction… our lower entry drive will be open for use by Sunday! The crew has been working to excavate, re-compact and grade the driveway to meet current code. We are about a week away from having it paved, but their efforts are greatly appreciated! By the time you arrive for worship the original classrooms will be gone, and the preparation for building our new educational facility will be well under way!
It’s the last Sunday of the month, so don’t miss Taco Night after 3rd service, with all you can eat chicken, steak and pork tacos, rice & beans, chips & salsa for the suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family. It’s a nourishing time for both body and spirit!
See you at church!