We are continuing our worship at West Van. Presbyterian Church this Sunday and for the rest of the Sundays of July. The Presbyterian Congregation has given us such a warm welcome. In August, the Presbyterians will join us in worship at St. David’s. This is the second summer that we have joined with the Presbyterian congregation for worship during the summer. Last Sunday we celebrated communion together, following the United Church practice. Part of our worship was an impromptu choir and I want to thank those who participated for leading us in song.
For the past few Sundays, the worship services have reflected upon the instructions that Jesus gave to his followers as they sought to become his disciples. I came across this story this past week which is a wonderful illustration of how God uses us, even when we have low self-esteem or think we are not of great worth.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”
Office Hours this week:
Ceilidh will be in the St. David’s office Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.
A summer Music Camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 will be held at the Presbyterian Church from Monday July 10 to Friday July 14. For more info and to register, please call or email Music Director Diana Nyvik at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 778-233-3786.