A note from Pastor Don…
Syria or Sussex….
A life of sorts continues in Syria, in spite of the bombs and the bullets. This is remarkable to me. It is certainly not normal living, but they claim that people discover a “normalcy” in the very face of war itself. People prepare meals, purchase groceries, wash clothes and generally go about the process of living in somewhat normal ways, albeit in the presence of conditions that are anything but normal.
I mention this because, in a strange way, all of us are living lives that strive to proceed with normal life in the face of crazy pressures, events, tragedies, threats and upheaval. It’s going on…and we continue on. Hurricanes rage, dictators lob rockets, fires and floods destroy homes and property, terrorists maim, and insanity rains down bullets on concert goers trying to have a nice evening…but we go on. Jobs disappear, taxes increase, cancer happens, the environment shudders, morality crumbles and crime encroaches; yet we manage to keep doing the things normal people do.
I’m not trying to draw attention to the courage of spirit we see evidenced around us as people persevere in the face of these adversities, though it is inspiring and often seen.
What grips me is that it is often not courage that keeps us going, but our ability as individuals to assume the bomb will never drop on me, and it’s the other guy who gets sick. We become almost numb to the threats because there are so many. Denial is a place we live, and we live there to survive.
I’m not sure what the outcome will be of living in this kind of a war zone, aware of so many frightening things happening in the world around us. Sure, we face more cumulative traumatic stress than most of us have faced before, and living “post” of this, in whatever aftermath is ahead, will test our courage as people, communities, and nations. In such times, even an unbelieving culture seems more ready to admit the need for help from above.
Psalm 46 stands like a storm shelter in a tornado for men and women whose faith would falter in perilous times. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Turning to God in times of distress enables us to face fully the realities that confront us, and engages the help of the One the Bible says “rides on the storm”. Though He does not always keep us from experiencing these troubles, He never leaves alone. Walking side by side with Christ makes living in tough times possible, whether you live in Syria …or in Sussex.
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GROUPS ARE STARTING ON VARIOUS DATES!
For more info on each of these Groups please check out the
Small Groups brochure in the foyer at the church,
and/or for start-up dates call the church office @ 433-3500
Leaders: Leo & Karen Gallant
Location: 48 Valleyview Crescent, Sussex
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Leader: Janet Ingersoll
Leader: Darlene Perreault
Location: Sussex Wesleyan
Leader: Ivan & Debbie Graham
Location: 28 Clover Court
Leader: Dave Weatherby
Location: SWC Foyer
Leader: Brad & Olivia Jordan
Location: 66 Wesley Drive, Apt. 330
Wednesdays – Online Pray Together – 9:30 – 10:00 pm
Considering the future of the church we love and its mission in our community
New sermon series starting Oct0ber 22!
PIG ROAST AND SILENT AUCTION
OCT. 19 – Thursday in the Gym
Doors open @ 5:00pm. Supper served @ 5:30pm
Tickets $20 / Family of 4 – $50.
(Kids under 5 – free / Extra family member $10)
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OCTOBER 27 @ 7PM
all treats 50 cents!How about inviting another family to come with you!
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