Tuesday, April 7, 2020

It's All Too Much!

A great message from Ric Aguayo on Saturday evening 14 March.

Matthew 6: 25-31
Psalm 42

I want you do to something.
Not for me, but for you. In fact for us.

Set your mind on something that is stressing you out, scaring you, causing you sadness, creating doubts, cheesing you off, leaving you feeling empty or alone, bringing resentment, harboring regrets, …
Just hold that one thought close.

OK, back with me now.

My God, don’t we have enough concerns in our lives!
World Hunger,
Global Warming / devasting effect of natural disasters,
Politics of our beloved nation,
Mass shootings and the stress it brings,
Now this public safety emergency and the ways we are adapting…
It’s all too much!

Feeling Anxious - Cast Your Burdens

Monday, April 6, 2020

Encouragement for Today

From our District Superintendent, Rev. Larry Leland:


After initial greetings, the 2 Letter to the Corinthians begins with these words:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.  

We have heard that this week, with regard to the pandemic, will likely be the worst and hardest week - with spikes in both infections and deaths.  I'm grateful that my morning devotions led me to 2 Corinthians, for such a time as this. Whatever troubles we may face, and our congregations, communities and world are struggling with, we have the privilege of being both the comforted (by no less than the God of all comfort), and the comforters (reaching out to those who are hurting with the grace we ourselves have received).

But I also am grateful to be walking with you through Holy Week - also referred to as the worst week and hardest week for both Jesus and his first disciples.  I can only imagine that, after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to hear Jesus curse the fig tree and then turn over tables in the Temple, the disciples would have been starting to wonder what was going on. In many ways, as we walk with Jesus through all of the hard things in this Holy Week, agonizing prayer, betrayal, arrest and crucifixion, we have the gift of hindsight, because we know that Easter is on the way.

So, my friends, even as we walk through this hardest, worst week, we remember that the worst thing is never the last thing. Even as we comfort one another, and those in our care, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  Live in these difficult moments. But do so with the hope of resurrection and the promise of life on the other side.

In Christ,

Encouragement for Holy Week

A Word of Encouragement for Holy Week from Larry Leland on Vimeo.
Larry is our District Superintendent

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Worship

  • If you have a joy to share, please send me a photograph in advance. We may include it in the service.
  • YouTube has a live chat available, so be sure to give a shout out to say you’re there and to greet a friend. You can also use it to post prayer concerns, just like we do when we register in worship. To live chat, join via your computer or download the YouTube app on your mobile device. Look for the Life Chat button.
  • If you cannot participate live, you can watch (or rewatch) it later at any time.
  • Give your offering via mail, your bank’s bill pay system, or PayPal on our website. Some of us are struggling financially. Please be sure to let me know of any personal needs.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Meditation and Affirmation

  • Lord, surround us with safety and love
  • Help us create peace and harmony within our community
  • Fill our world with joy in these troubled times
  • Let us trust in the process of life
  • We are SAFE
  • We are at PEACE
  • Clarity and harmony are within us
  • All is well

Heavenly Father, allow our minds to relax and be at peace. We know there is none like You on earth or in heaven. Your children have gathered this evening to worship in your presence and sing your praises. Our provider and light of the world, we put all of our trust in You. We give thanks to You that we can all be here this evening and pray for those who cannot. Bless us so that we can show the world your goodness and light. Let us be filled with your presence. AMEN.

Prepared by Cris Solliday for the Saturday evening Open Table service, on the final weekend that we were able to gather in person.