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July 31, 2016
- The Pilgrims will have a presentation on August 14 between the services (9:15 a.m.). You will have an opportunity to see new pictures and hear from the pilgrims.
- A slate of four candidates has been chosen for the next Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. Information and interviews can be found on www.hoosierbishopxi.org.
- We welcome the Rev. Roger Walker as supply priest today (07/31) and next Sunday while Fr. Larry is on vacation.
- Forward Day by Day devotional books for August – October are available in the tract rack in the Narthex.
J2A Pilgrimage Presentation
As I write this it has been over a month since our J2A group, made up of Alex Hardgrave, Nick Jones, Anna Watson, Dave Black and I, returned from Barcelona, Spain. Dan Paige joined us but I’ll write more on that further down. Life has become normal again, with work and family, and school soon starting for our teen pilgrims, but I can still close my eyes and remember the excitement of leaving Evansville and arriving in Spain, and I feel sure I speak for all of us who traveled.
Being in a city like Barcelona, made the group look a little harder to find and feel God’s presence. The history of the city, its old cobbled streets, and 13th century churches tell the story that God was as important then as he is now. Being in these really, really old churches and the time and effort it took to build them to glorify God made me sit in awe every time. It wasn’t just the old churches either, but the newest, the Sagrada Familia, was so awe-some that upon entering you just stood for long minutes and stared at the stain glass windows. The sun shining through will never compare to anything I’ve personally seen before or after. This basilica is still under construction and is due to be completed in 2026, which is the 100th anniversary of Antoni Gaudi, the artist/architects death. It is all done to glorify God.
When I think about our pilgrimage, the historic and religious sites we visited were great but it was the time spent with the teens and Dan that fills me. You would have been incredibly impressed and proud of our teens! From the beginning they led the way, way ahead of Dave and I, mastering the Metro, which we rode at least 4 times a day and they showed no fear in being in this huge city where things were very different from home. They got along with each other and supported each other. Dan, who just returned home from a study abroad obtaining his Masters in International Business, became one of the group from the very beginning. Having him with us was a gift! He showed us the ropes, was our guide and became an almost big brother to the teens. He was truly a blessing to all of us.
We are so grateful to our St. Paul’s family for your support not only financially but more importantly through your love and prayers. Our group is excited to share our pictures and stories with you on Sunday, August 14 between the services. Please join us in Webb Hall.
God, the giver of all good things, will always equip us with what we need to serve him according to his will for our lives. We read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that the Word of God “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” By this we may understand that God will provide for us everything we need in order to do the work he has called us to do.