Hello friends, Pastor David Burt here. I pray you are doing well in this time of social distancing. We are suspending our normal worship services for the time being and I am coming to you via technology in order to connect and share some hope in these worrying times.
Our Dream Retreat planned for this weekend has been postponed until later. This will be an important time for some of our folks to gather and look ahead. Even in these trying times we need to look ahead and see where God may be leading us as we move into the future.
Our musicians are suspending rehearsals for their choirs in order to help keep people safe. But they are still planning music and special numbers. We don’t know yet when we will be able to gather together in person. We don’t know what this might mean for our Easter celebrations. There is a lot we don’t know. But we can focus on what we do know. And one thing we can be certain of is that God is with us through it all.
The Apostle Paul was sitting in prison when he wrote a letter to the small church in Philippi…a town in northern Greece. He didn’t know if he would ever see the light of day again. But he was able to write these words: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 4-7)
Author Rev. Frederick Buechner offers these thoughts about Paul’s word. “Paul does not deny that the worst things will happen finally to all of us, as indeed he must have had a strong suspicion they would soon happen to him. He does not try to minimize them. He does not try to explain them away as God’s will or God’s judgment or God’s method of testing our spiritual fiber. He simply tells the Philippians that in spite of them – even in the thick of them – they are to keep in constant touch with the One who unimaginably transcends the worst things as he also unimaginably transcends the best… what he promises them instead is that ‘the peace of god, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’”
Be in prayer my friends. Keep in constant touch with God.
Let us pray…
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.
Go in peace friends. Go to put more of God’s love into the world, while keeping at least six feet between you and others. And know you are a dearly loved Child of God. Amen.