Dear FPC—
Hurricane force winds in Utah! Seriously? I’ve about had it with 2020! My prayer is that you are safe and well and have your power on. I’m staggered as I go around town and see the scope and breadth of the destruction. It is really amazing that more people were not hurt and that more homes were not damaged. Trees mostly seemed to find a way to fall on the street or the yard. At our house we are still waiting (on Thursday afternoon) for a return of power. That means out with the stuff in the refrigerator, it means chilly mornings as we get out of bed, it means gratitude for candles in the evenings. And for Kindles! There is a big pine tree in our neighbor’s yard just north of our lot. Because of the slope of the hill, that tree’s roots are above the roof of our house—it just sits up above the retaining wall at the back of the lot. Thank God that tree is still standing up there and not lying down with us!
So on one hand I am very grateful that we have gotten off with so little damage. At the same time, I am reminded of how much we rely on electricity, cable, internet, hot water, heating and air conditioning, etc. All of those things need power to work. One wire down disrupts so many things! It is the same with our relationship with God. When we clear the way and reach out, God’s Spirit pours through us, and empowers us, just as we talked about last Sunday. But it is easy for the storms of life (or our own distractions) to “disrupt the service.” Then we sit around wondering why things aren’t working! We all need Spirit power at work in our lives every day! I encourage you to daily invite God into whatever you are doing today. Just a simple prayer can make a huge difference. Something like: “Good morning Lord Jesus! Please be with me today and use me in all that I do today. Amen.” Let’s turn the power on in our lives!
This Sunday we will be welcoming new members into our congregation and talking about the importance of prayer in our lives, including the importance of praying for each other. I hope you can join us!

May you feel God’s blessings to you through whatever storms may bring—

Pastor Steve

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