October 20, 2019

“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue this morning.  I like sunshine.  It is a tangible reminder that the LORD has made His face to shine upon us.  It is sad that the days have to get shorter in the Fall and Winter (when we really need the sun!!). 

George Orwell once remarked that, “At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.”  He meant that a lifetime of smiling will give your face happy creases; a lifetime of anger can also be frighteningly etched for all to see.  As followers of Jesus, however, walking with Him for years and years should result in having a face we don’t deserve!  Instead, our faces should reflect the mercy and grace God has showered upon us through Jesus.  When the LORD makes His face shine on us, it becomes permanently creased into our faces.

We are here today to soak up Son-shine.  The heartaches and cares of this world may have weighed you down this week, but our prayer is that the smile of God’s love on us in this place today will lift you up both in spirit and countenance.

Our calendars get so busy during November and December: all the holiday activities… and all the doctor and dentist visits you try to fit in before your insurance benefits change!  Busy-ness can be harmful though, so will you join me in taking the SLOWvember challenge this next month?  SSavor: appreciate the moment, chew food slower, sit down, reflect.  LListen: attend to our loved ones, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit.  OOthers before technology: put the devices down.  WWill it matter a year from now?: ask this question as often as possible during the day.  November can be SLOWvember.

Robert and Dawn Lepper joined our church last Sunday.  Look for them and welcome them today if you haven’t already. God bless you!