July 19 – Divine Dreams

Where do you expect to find God?

I suspect many people come to church to experience God’s presence. Over time as more people experience God in the same place, those places become revered.

Conversely there are places where people do not expect to find God: empty wilderness, the belly of a fish, hanging between criminals.

Barren landscape. Image by skeeze from Pixabay.

Jacob ran from his brother’s wrath to seek a wife from family members he had never met. Alone in the desert he lay his head on a rock to rest.

And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac;

Genesis 28:13a

During this time of “social distancing” many of the usual places where we have experienced God have been closed off to us. Yet, God is near. We need only open our spirit to discern God’s presence here and now.

I will have more to say about Genesis 28:10-19 here by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 19th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

Wild Bee on Dandelion. Image by Islander61 from Wikimedia Commons.
Image by Islander61 from Wikimedia Commons.

My mother taught me there are no weeds, only misplaced flowers. To test this principal I took photographs of several flowers including an elegant dandelion. With the background slightly blurred and few could accurately guess the identity of this flower.

I have found the same principal also true with people. When in an appropriate place people whom we might consider weeds can help build the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 13:24-30 records Jesus telling us about weeds planted among the wheat. But the wise landowner discourages pulling the weeds lest they damage the adjacent wheat.
Thus our task is to encourage growth and let God pull the weeds.

Worship

By 8 AM Sunday, July 19th, a video of this worship service will be embedded here. After that time, you will also be able to view worship on a smart-TV through YouTube by searching for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Offering

As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.

Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all in person groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours. Yet we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday school for children and the Fellowship Hour all meet via video-teleconference.

In these unusual times we deeply appreciate your giving through your bank or by clicking our Give Now button. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.