Turn again to your rest, O my soul
for the LORD has dealt well with you.
For you have rescued my life from death,
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling;
I will walk in the presence of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:7-9

"Let it be."
Paul McCartney

In the heartfelt prayer of Psalm 116, the psalmist feels relieved that God has brought them back to life. This is no heavenly psalm or reflection on eternity. This is God, present in the storms of life: moving us from anxiety to calm, from fear to love, from resentment to gratitude, from hostility to hospitality....from all that deals Death to all that brings Life.

Our daily moments are where these movements are worked out. God works on us, digging in the soil of our hearts, moving us from Death to Life, even as we watch the weather and stand in line at the grocery store...as we prepare around the house and talk about our fears and hopes and predictions...as we pray for our safety and the safety of our communities.

God is here, moving us from Death to Life. God is here reminding us that, like the psalmist, we "walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living."

"The land of the living" is not for the faint of heart. This life we've been given is unpredictable and wild and full of powerful forces beyond our control. Sometimes it is terrifying.

This week, as Hurricane Florence bears down on us, we feel our vulnerability. But we also name the truth that we are always vulnerable. We never know what the future holds. Life and death are close at hand, and we control far less than we think we do.

And, we name the truth that God walks with us: through the storm, through the waters, through the fears, through the preparations and decisions and prayers. God is here in the midst of Florence, and God is here in every storm that life throws at us. God is here "in the land of the living."

As I've said before, my 4-year-old, Drew, is the DJ in our car. In the last few weeks, the Beatles' "Let It Be" has been on heavy rotation. It's stuck firmly in Drew's head, and so, all week, as I've felt the occasional wave of anxiety crash around me, I've been interrupted by a little voice singing, "speaking words of wisdom, let it be..."

By now, we've done what needs doing. We've prepared. We've watched. We've worried. We've wondered. And now, it's time to let it be.

And we trust that God walks with us, here in the land of the living.

Peace be with you,
This Sunday's Readings
Psalm 116
Mark 8:27-38

Fall worship schedule starts this Sunday with worship services at 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm.   With the threat of inclement weather, we will decide Saturday evening if we need to cancel worship services. If we do, this announcement will be posted on Realm and WRAL.

Sunday Morning Education will begin next Sunday, September 23.

All other activities for this weekend at GSLC will be rescheduled.

Last year, Good Shepherd sent supplies to Puerto Rico to help after Hurricane Maria. This year, as the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence, our friends in Puerto Rico are praying for us.

The church office will be closed on Friday, September 14.

Get Ready to Sing and Play!
Choir rehearsals begin the week of September 10.  Check out the schedule for days and times. Like to sing? Play an instrument? Not sure where you might fit? Contact John Jahr for more information.

Bible Study with the Pastors
September 18, 9:30-11:00 am & September 19, 6:00-7:00 pm in Underwood West  Get ready to cover a variety of biblical ground starting where we left off in Judges, with 1 & 2 Samuel. We'll imagine our way into Israel's story in one of their most transformative moments - as they move from rowdy tribes of farmers and herders to a wealthy dynastic monarchy. Exploring God's activity in the lives of Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David will help us to see God at work in our own lives. Join us on Tuesday or Wednesday for engaging discussion! 

OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Fall Picnic has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 6.

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Rams Men's Ministry
Due to pending inclement weather, the Cornhole Tournament has been rescheduled. New date will be announced soon.

It's not too Late to Help Families in Transition through Family Promise   Good Shepherd will be hosting guests in our church September 16-23. Opportunities are available for groups, families and individuals to serve. Learn more and sign up to serve at  bit.ly/GSLCFamilyPromise  (case sensitive), password: homeless.
Sunday Morning Faith Formation Begins September 23
All Sunday Morning Education classes for children (3 years and up), youth and adults will kick off at 9:30 am on this day!

Mail for Mnene Collection
Sunday, September 16 through September 30 The Mail For Mnene table will be set up in the Narthex, so get ready to drop off your letters of love and support. Contact Cathie for questions or concerns, 919-870-9439.

Baptismal Seminar - Monday, September 17 6:00-7:00 pm
Interested in learning more about baptism at GSLC? Come to this seminar for families to learn the symbols and meanings of baptism. RSVP by email to  Pr. Marsha Anderson .

Stewardship Seminar: Gifting from Wills and IRA's - September 23, 12:00-12:45 pm   Wondering how you can help your faith community by leaving a legacy?  Come to this seminar to learn a bit about how you can bless GSLC and other faith initiatives through gifting through Wills and IRA's.

The Endowment Committee is accepting grant applications through September 30. Information regarding the Fund is available online at gslchurch.org/endowmentgrant. Questions? Contact Joye Groff  or Larry Goode.

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's  bulletin announcements.
Health and healing for Kris Allsbury; Joe Hales, Pam Dupree's father; Lois Jean Query; and Kyle Lowman, friend of Shireen Hameed.  

For the orphans of Mnene Parish, including Sithokozile Mpofu and Zvidozvashe Zhou. 

Zvido is 27 years old. He attended classes at Polytech, took the final exams and passed his tests. He received a diploma in Auto Mechanics. He has not found permanent employment yet but is doing odd jobs in Bulawayo. He said that he thanks God for all of the love, prayers & support he receives through the GSLC support program. His Mail For Mnene partner is Cathie Strawbridge and family.

Sitho will be 20 next month. She has a 5 year old son. She had been in our support program for over 10 years. She left hairdressing school a few years ago and is currently not in our support program. She expressed that she would like to return to complete her hairdressing course but has not yet spoken to the Mnene staff. We continue to hold her and her son in our prayers. Her Mail For Mnene partner is Jane Lovelace and family.

Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.
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