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Pastor's Pondering March 13

Pastor's Pondering

We’ve been making our way through the season of Lent. Each Sunday morning we’ve been reminded how God has been making it possible for us to be in a relationship with each other and with God. “Covenant” is the word for this special relationship based on promises and trust that starts with God and flows towards us. It started back in the days of Noah with God’s promise to never flood the world again. Then it came to Abraham and Sarah who were chosen to be the start of a whole new nation that would be a source of God’s blessing to all the people of the earth. Then God made a promise to be with the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness and the promise came along with a list of commandments for the people to follow on their side of the relationship.
This week, as we get to the end of Lent, we hear from the Prophet Jeremiah who tells us that God has a plan that goes deeper and wider than anything that’s come before. God wants to write the covenant not on tablets of stone, but on each and every human heart. "I will be their God and they will be my people.” It’s an offer and an invitation to live with God’s love shaping all we are and all that we do.

It’s not easy to love each other. Lots of things get in the way. But with God’s help, we find that God’s love can flow through us even when we ourselves may not be all that loving. If we ever needed more love in the world, now is the time.
See you in Church,
Pastor Steve

Pastor's Pondering February 28,2018

All who call out to the Lord will be saved. How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?  (Romans 10:13-14)

 For most of us, hearing the spoken word is an essential part the worship experience. We listen to the Bible being read aloud, we listen to prayers being offered, we listen to the children’s time and the announcements that are given. And we listen to the proclamation of the Word. If we cannot hear the words and take in what is said, we miss out on something important.

 Where you sit in the sanctuary makes a huge difference in what you hear (or don’t hear.) There are certain places where there is good, clear sound and other places where the sound is muddy and garbled. Other places there is an echo and still other spots where certain sounds drop off and can’t be heard at all. Part of it is the shape and size of the room. Mostly it’s because of the current sound system has become dated and is no longer well suited to the current space.

 The Technology Team has reached out to three audio design companies to do an evaluation and proposal for a new sound system. We want even distribution of sound to every spot in the sanctuary. We want a warm, rich sound that is like the sound of a person speaking in a normal conversational voice rather than sounding amplified or distorted. We want a system that will require a minimum amount of supervision and the system needs to blend in aesthetically with our current sanctuary.

 It was decided to go with Arbruster A/V of Towson, Maryland a company very familiar with church sound systems. Members of the Technology team were able to hear the equipment set up in the sanctuary and hear it compared with our current system. Even non-technical people will find that the new system will provide a clear, intelligible sound for voices in the higher as well as the lower registers. The Trustees have provided funds from the Calvary Trust for this upgrade and the work is expected to be completed by Easter. I think when it's installed we will all find it to be a great improvement in our worship life.

 See you in church,

Pastor Steve

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