South Plains Presbyterian Church

God so loved the world

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Our community has been rocked this summer as we witnessed the suffering caused by the worst of humanity. From riots in the streets, to hate-filled messages, to injury and death caused by bigotry and ignorance. I do not need to rehash these events for you. The newspapers and media do that enough. It seems we are bombarded from all sides with actions and language that leave us feeling sad and fearful. As a child I remem- ber the feelings that the civil rights movement elicited. The fear that filled our streets, communities, and homes was palpable. Now, fifty years later, those feelings are rising to the surface once again. For the past two years it has seemed that things continued to escalate across our nation, and hate filled speech filled the airways, until finally it all seemed to come to a climax in our own community. It felt as if the lid blew off the “boiling pot” and chaos ensued.

Then a strange thing happened. The event itself was not strange. It was predicted. Everyone knew that it was going to happen. We all learned about it in science class, yet few living individuals had ever seen one. It was basically a once in a lifetime event. The solar eclipse, a natural phenomenon, brought the world to a standstill. As I watched, all the news was focused on this 70 mile swath of darkness from Oregon to South Carolina. There were no reports of crime, no hatred, no violence—just awe, amazement, joy, excitement and a sense of wonder.

I have often wondered what our ancient ancestors thought and experienced when their prescientific minds were blown away by the disappearance of the sun, and many who looked upon it were struck blind. What a frightening and terrible day that must have been. What fear must have consumed them?

But we moderns came to the event knowing what to expect. It was a day of wonder and excitement. It seemed as if all the cares, all the fears, all the worries, all the hate, all the anger were set aside. As I watched the event from the comfort of my recliner, I was amazed not so much by the event itself, but the effect it had on our nation.

Everything seemed to come to a halt. Our attention turned from the divisions among us to the awareness that we are all connected, we are all part of something small and insignificant compared to the grandness and majesty of the universe. It was as if God said, ”stop the madness and nonsense and remember that there is something, someone greater and more powerful than you” I was reminded of Psalm 8:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Who are we indeed? We are the created, placed on this earth not to dominate one another, not to oppress those who are different, not to seek supremacy or power, but to live as children of a greater God. Not one who chooses one group over another, but chooses to love all people, and to seek the well-being of the alien, the stranger, the widow and orphan, the poor and the desolate in our midst.

In the movie “The Shack” the main character “Mack” is having a conversation with the character of divine “Wisdom.” Mack is filled with anger and vengeance over one who has committed a horrible offense against him. Mack cannot understand why God does not punish this individual by condemning them to hell. Wisdom asked Mack to choose between his own son and daughter, to choose one to go to heaven and one to go to hell.

Wisdom posits, Why are you surprised? You spent your whole life judging everyone... Choose one of your children to go to Heaven and one to go to Hell... because that’s what you think God does. When Mack cannot conceive of doing such a thing and instead offers himself to be judged and condemned in their place. Wisdom replies, “You judged your children worthy of God, even if it costs you everything. Now you know (God’s) heart.

Maybe we need to seek to understand God’s heart rather than judging others blindly.


Pastor Kevin

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A reminder that we will worship on Sundays during the months of July and August in a combined service at 10:00 a.m. We look forward to seeing you then!
The Choir is now on a summer break until after Labor Day, but we will enjoy providing occasional special music during the summer months.
The Worship and Music Team ministry at Heritage Inn Assisting Living at Pantops will be continuing throughout the summer on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. We welcome members and friends of South Plains to join us, any Friday morning you are available, for worship and lots of hymn singing. For more information, please contact Joanne Addotta at (434)589-4941.
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Presbyterian Women News - September 2017


We have ordered the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier and are excited to resume our Bible studies and fellowship time each month, starting in September! Please let us know if you would like a study book ordered for you.

In nine lessons, Ms. Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and then tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Join hundreds of thousands of thoughtful Chris- tians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.

In September we will be meeting on:
Monday, September 11 at 9:30 in Kirk Hall
Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbara Shaffer’s home at Lake Monticello (25 West Lake Forest Drive, Palmyra –207-4355)

If you live outside the Lake and plan to attend, please let Barbara know so she can contact the front gate staff.

We always welcome new members to join us at any point during the program year for Bible study, mission work, sharing each others’ joys and sorrows, and growing together in faith as Christian women.

For more information, please contact Kellee Eastwood at 589-2705 or Barbara Shaffer at 207-4355.

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  • Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity will hold its 20th house dedication on Sunday, September 17 at 3pm. “A special occasion as we celebrate with the homeowner, honor our commitment to build affordable homes, and thank the people, churches, and companies in our wonderful community that help make our mission possible.” The house is located at 247 Charney Way, across from lake Christian Church (733 South Boston Road).

  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You may give to help PDA bring hope and healing to Texas families im- pacted by Hurricane Harvey. You may send a check to Presbyterian Church (USA), P. O. Box 643700, Pitts- burgh, PA 15264-3700; donate by phone 1-800-872-3283; or write a check to SPPC with PDR in the memo line. Your prayers for courage for those who are suffering are always welcome.

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