Pastor Nancy Switzler

For the week ending April 7, 2024

Grace Notes

Friday Devotional:

Psalm 133

Kingdom is a word frequently used throughout scripture. It is a vastly important word but also one that falls short, like any word for what God is doing in the world. We have known far too many "kings" who abused their power. Is this what we mean in describing God? And king in English is explicitly male, but all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27): male, female, and beyond. This doesn't mean we stop using the word kingdom, but we can clarify what we mean.

Here the psalmist uses a different word: kindred. It is a reminder that the community of God is family. We are called children of God, heirs of a promise. This is how God's vision is realized: we are kin.

I have heard a turn of phrase as an alternative to kingdom; it is "kin-dom." It's a good reminder that what binds us together is not an earthly concept of a ruler but, rather, God, who rules in love and gathers us as family, It is very, very good when we see all people as our kindred.

Spirit, blow through your creation, reminding us that we are one in your kin-dom. Amen.

An excerpt from Christ in Our Home

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Attention Book lovers:

Pastor Nancy has several books that she is putting out for free, devotional books, and some from previous book studies, come by and take a look.

Deadline is April 15th before we donate all the books left.

Join us for our next Family Fundraising Night!

April Birthdays

✝ Health concerns: Sean, has been diagnosed with colon cancer (Donna Travers’ nephew); Gail Tenbus recovering from surgery; Karin Wilcox; Michael and Brenda Caplinger; Tami Cobb receiving chemotherapy; Debi Owens, battling cancer (Robin F. friend); Helen Jackson and family as they adjust to her move to Connecticut; Gordon Henry (friend of Bruce Wilcox & Karin Wilcox); Lewis Johnson Montana State Trooper (Robin T's relative).

✝ Eunique Washington had her baby girl, both mom and baby are doing well, thank you for the support and prayers.

✝ For peace in war-ravaged places; public servants that they work for the good of all people; those seeking employment, adequate housing, and other important needs.

✝ Family and friends of Tariq Afridi (friend of Pastor Nancy) as they mourn his death.

We are restarting our prayer list each quarter. This helps us to remove prayer concerns that are no longer needed.

If you want to add a name to our prayer list, please contact the church office or

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