Scroll Stories: Edward Moody
Scroll Story: Sunday, October 30
My name is Edward Moody, and my wife Acia and I, along with our sons, Eli and Ryder, are excited to sign the scroll to affirm our commitment to God and the community of Good Shepherd.
Our church holds a meaningful place in our lives. The clergy, staff, and fellow parishioners truly make Good Shepherd special. We have cemented old friendships and built new ones, and our time at Good Shepherd has also strengthened our family bond.
One particular highlight occurred three years ago when Acia and I were confirmed, and the boys baptized in the same service. Since then we have made many memories at Good Shepherd and have enjoyed our time giving back to the church. We have particularly drawn satisfaction from watching Eli and Ryder take in, digest, and apply faith-based principles in their daily lives.
In last Sunday’s Stewardship Promise, we commit to “persevere in resisting temptation…”. For the Moody family – and I imagine many of you – this passage strikes a chord during Stewardship season (and, frankly, all year long). There are mouths to feed, mortgages to pay, investments to make, charities to gift, golf to play, and mountains to ski. These obligations and opportunities tempt us to leave the church pledge until next year. Or, if we do make a pledge, we plan to increase that giving…next year. We encourage you to resist those worldly whispers, make your commitment, and join us in signing the scroll this November! God will honor your blessing, and our collective Stewardship will enable and empower Good Shepherd to continue to foster Christian growth in our beloved community.
We will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-14
“The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.