Sunday Notes

A Note from Pastor Austin . . .

January 11, 2021

Hello RPC,

Our sermon from Sunday from Pastor Becki asked us to consider what it might mean for us to practice living in awe in the presence of God. What an important reminder in the midst of an uncertain time in our world. Instead of clinging to the answers we crave or the control we think we need, perhaps these coming months can be a time to try this new practice of living in awe.

This past week, I experienced this awe of God’s presence while watching a movie with my kids, while baking a loaf of bread, while talking with a friend, and while listening in on a RPC youth group gathering, and, yes, even while processing the difficult events of this past week in Washington D.C.  Each of these occasions was a chance to witness God’s presence in a surprising way. Each of these moments reminded me of God’s beauty, faithfulness, and/or presence and comfort in the midst of our pain.

Where will you encounter God’s presence this week?

In the coming weeks at RPC, there are a number of ways for us to gather online and continue growing in our experience of God’s presence.  I would also invite you to reach out to a friend, call or write someone in the church directory who you don’t know and let them know you’re praying for them.  Perhaps God’s presence will be experienced through our acts of love and connection.

I’m grateful for all of you and the many ways we get to experience God’s love together.

Blessings all,

Pastor Austin