Lord God, in a threatening world we look to you as our rock of hope. Hear us as we pour out our hearts to you, and give us your grace and protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
East Valley Presbyterian Church has served the communities of Otis Orchards, Newman Lake, Liberty Lake, and Greenacres since 1986. Located on Harvard Road, just 2.5 miles north of Liberty Lake, this is a small church in which people see one another as family. The hallmarks of this congregation the warm, welcoming, and loving way in which all newcomers are treated; its traditional-style of worship; its deep exploration of scripture; and, its firm belief in the power of prayer.
We see ourselves as “The Little Church with the Big Heart where people help one another feel safe, loved, and spiritually whole.”
Our pastor is the Reverend Marcia Taylor, a native of Spokane Valley, who has served God with us since 2000.
Led by Marcia Taylor, Pastor:
Christmas Eve Carols, Candlelight and Communion Service at 4:30 p.m. December 24th,
and will be preceded by a potluck dinner, at the Church, starting at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Worship service each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Coffee hour and fellowship follows the service.
Bible study, on the book of Psalms, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit this site for daily scripture reading.
Have you ever heard “The Serenity Prayer”? It was written by a German theologian/pastor named Reinhold Niebuhr in the years before World War II. He had lived in Germany through the early years of Nazi rule. He had witnessed the brutality, the injustice, and even the heresy of the Nazis. He’d seen how Nazi politics had taken over the conduct of most churches, demanding the introduction of Hitler’s ”Mein Kampf” as spiritually significant text for worship; demanding placement of the swastika in prominent places in the sanctuaries. So, in his seeming helplessness to respond to the onslaught of terror, he wrote the words that have become so familiar to many: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
But, how many of us knew that there was more to his poem?
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His weill;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
During this Christmas season we know that we’re bombarded by all sorts of things that tell us we can’t fully live unless we have some new gadget that we can’t afford, don’t know how to use, and will break within a short time. We also know that we’re going to continue to be bombarded with media coverage of shootings by police officers, shootings at schools/malls/theaters/restaurants/birthday parties/churches/synagogues/mosques. We’ll hear of roadside bombs and suicide bombers. We’ll hear accusations of lying politicians. We’ll hear about thousands of refugees around the world who are trying to find a safe haven to live in—no matter what it takes to be safe. And, if we’re fortunate, we’ll suddenly scream out to the chaos bombarding us and demand that it all be quiet.
Now, perhaps more ever in our history, we need peace. We need Christ’s peace. We need the peace that can be experienced only when we finally admit that we’ve made a royal mess of everything and need God’s help to fix it.
So, in this Advent and Christmas season, I encourage you to turn off all the noise that distracts you from focusing on the true reason for this celebration we’re preparing for. Let’s all just pray for God’s help. Pray for Christ to come and establish the peace and justice this world so badly needs. Let’s pray that God will show us how to be instruments of His work. And let’s simply put Christ back into the center of our lives.