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Dear Beloved Christ the King Community,

I know that it has been a really tough week for many of you.  We have connected both with folks who need help in storm recovery and with folks ready and willing to provide some help.  Thank you for your willingness to serve both your spiritual home family and also our neighbors in the communities surrounding both our Rice Village and Memorial Campuses.  If you were not able to be at our Pentecost service, you can view it on our YouTube Channel here.  I am already looking forward to June 2nd, when we will gather to celebrate graduations, welcome new members, and share in a congregational picnic.

I wanted to preview the Psalm for this coming weekend, as I thought it might be particularly meaningful following this past week.  Psalm 29 can be considered a psalm of praise, focusing on the holiness and power and glory of God, though it is noted that this psalm of praise is occuring at the time of distress.  We find hope in this psalm that God brings us strength and even peace throughout the storms of our lives, remaining constant and present with us.

Psalm 29 (NRSVUE)

"The Voice of God in a Great Storm"

A Psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
    worship the Lord in holy splendor.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl[b]
    and strips the forest bare,
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!

May God give us strength as we continue to recover and renew.  And may God bless you this week with people who will bring you comfort, love, and peace.  Amen

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Grace and peace, and even more, hope!
Pastor Jennifer

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