In A Nutshell | September 16, 2022

Discover the Sanctity of the Great Outdoors This Sunday   

Your pastor went to great (and perhaps dangerous) lengths to illustrate ways in which we can (and cannot) grow closer to God by climbing the scaffolding in the sanctuary two weeks ago. What we learned (and really already knew) was that physical elevation has no impact on our relationship with the Lord. 

There is, however, a safer and more efficient way to feel God’s presence, and that is through nature. The 23rdPsalm — the most famous of all the Psalms — eloquently describes the beauty, the serenity, and the sacredness of nature. We are all familiar with this Psalm. In fact, some of you know it by heart.

What this Psalm teaches us is that with the Lord as our Shepherd, we lack nothing. He guides us into the beauty of his creation — specifically lush green pastures and tranquil still waters. It is there that we find peace and a place where he can restore our soul (and we all need spiritual restoration from time to time). He also sets us on the pathway of righteousness, where we can follow him and lead the type of life he intended for each of us. Even when we encounter difficult times, he is with us, so we have nothing to fear. As our shepherd, his rod and his staff protect and comfort us. He also prepares a bountiful table for us, where he shields us from our enemies, anoints us with oil, and causes our faith to expand and grow. With the Lord as our Shepherd, we have nothing to fear. His goodness and his mercy shall follow us each and every day, and one day, we have the assurance that we will dwell in His Father’s Eternal Kingdom forever. 

This coming Sunday, we will have an opportunity to commune with nature and experience the beauty of God’s creation as we worship God in the serenity of the great outdoors when we gather at the Grossniklaus Pavilion (185 Cherry Lane). Our service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the pavilion (rain or shine). Hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages will be provided. If each family could bring a covered dish, a salad, or a dessert to share, that would be great, but if you are unable to do so, don’t let that prevent you from coming. All our welcome, including friends, neighbors, and other guests. Our picnic will take place onsite immediately after the service. If you have any questions, feel free to call or text Pastor John at 330-988-2577. 

Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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