Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold. Proverbs 8:10 NIV

In this verse, we hear Wisdom calling to people to seek her instruction and her knowledge. This week, I am hoping that I will receive some wisdom about the craft of preaching. I believe that I have more to learn about preaching, the Christian life, and worship.  At this conference, I will participate in worship, hear some great preachers, and enhance my skills.

Just as I believe that lay people need to participate in worship, it’s also important for pastors.  When a pastor leads worship, he or she does not have much of a chance to worship themselves as it is necessary to remember the next step in the worship service. So, conferences like this, presbytery meetings, and Synod School are the places where pastors can experience the presence of God.

I will be in Denver Colorado.  I’m flying on May 13th and returning on May 23rd. I am also visiting my brother whom I rarely see.

Remember our online devotional on May 12th at 7:00 p.m. We will not have an online devotional on the 19th but will resume them on May 26th. We will not have a weekly article either.

If you wish to mail a check, you can use the following address: First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 69, Schaller, Iowa 51053, or you can drop the check off at the State Bank of Schaller.

Please pray for our leaders. Let us pray that the recent increase in Covid rates does not continue and that Covid does not create more difficulties for our health care system. Continue to pray for relief from the droughts. Give thanks for the rain that we have received and pray for the additional rain we need. Pray that the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia might resume. Pray for our community, our troops, and the various people on our prayer list. Pray for Aaron to continue to have a safe deployment.

May God bless and keep you,