Dear Friends,

I'm sure most of us have heard the Serenity Prayer. It seems tailor made for the kinds of times we've been going through this past year. What I didn't know was that the first few lines of the prayer, which many of us can probably recite from memory, are not the prayer in its entirety. There is more to it, and that more is deeply meaningful - I learned this when Pam McWethy, one of our church members, posted it on Facebook (thanks Pam!). The whole thing was new to me, and I thought it might be new, and helpful, to you. Here is the complete version, by Professor Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971):


God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, the sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Our Thursday night Teaching service continues during Lent. You can join us in-person or by ZOOM at 6:30 p.m. This Thursday, among other things, we'll be spending time on one of my favorite parables, about the lost or prodigal son. If you can, please read Luke 15:1-19:27 ahead of time. As you do, think about the following questions:

Have you ever lost something really valuable? Did you eventually find it? How did you feel?

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, which character do you identify with the most? Why?

What does it mean to be faithful?

What's so great about children, that Jesus lifts them up to us?

Hope you have a great and uplifting week. Grace and Hope to you,

Pastor Duane

(For the teaching service described above - click here)