Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Greetings in Christ!
This is the first day of September that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in a new month, and let us be glad for all the opportunities it will bring. While many of us aren’t overly excited about this particular turn of the calendar page as it signals the approaching end of summer, we are blessed to live in a place where cooler weather brings spectacular beauty as the leaves change colors from lush green to vibrant hues of red and gold. But not yet!
As the seasons change, we are reminded that the one consistent aspect of our lives is the One who created all things; God is unchangeable. God’s goodness and mercy are limitless, as are his generosity and love. Sadly, we human beings are not so consistent. We are malleable beings, influenced by world events, social media, and popular culture; and we aren’t always kind, merciful, generous, or loving. On this first day of a new month, on the cusp of a new season, let’s take some time to reflect on these things, and if we find ourselves coming up a bit short in emulating our Lord and Savior in our daily behaviors, let us then turn to God in prayer and ask for the courage, strength, and constancy to change.
And let us also pray for those in Afghanistan, the Gulf Coast as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Ida, and in our own state who suffered from the severe weather of the last several days, for God’s protection and healing.
God bless you!
Karen and Greg
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY UPDATES
-Rededication of the Kauffman House – 1 p.m., Sunday, September 5th in the front lawn of the Grand Lake Community Chapel.
-God Loves You Food Pantry – Monday, September 13th in the GLCC Parking Lot.
-Chapel Guild will meet Tuesday, September 7
-GLCC Council Meeting – Thursday, September 16th at 9 a.m.
A Prayer for Recovery
God of mercy, be a present and steadfast help to those left reeling from Hurricane Ida.
Be with those recovering from property damage and loss. Be with those traumatized by the storm’s wind and rising waters. Be with those left without power, kids left without school, communities left without essential services.
We also pray for those leading the rescue and recovery efforts. Grant them the strength and endurance they’ll need for the weeks and months ahead. Cool them in the brutal heat. Assure them that you are pleased with their efforts to seek and save.
Holy God, may all those devastated by Ida know the shelter and security of your safe refuge.
In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.