We-Mail from Pastor Mark
What else could happen that hasn’t? Forest fires in California, hurricane Laura devastating the gulf coast and Louisiana. A pandemic that seems to keep surging. Violence, shootings, and protests in hot spots across the nation. Worry and confrontation about the upcoming election. It seems to go on and on. In the center of all that, God calls us to a quiet place of prayer and meditation. We could get carried away in the news of turmoil and fear or turn to our Heavenly Father who is our Good Shepherd and rest in His care. My prayer is that you will be at peace in your spirit. Take time to be quiet and focus on God’s word. Meditate on it by repeating a verse or passage until it becomes a part of you. I can’t help but think about Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.” These are dark times but God’s light is with us and the shadows cannot hurt us. My prayers are with you.
We are mid-stream in our sermon series, “The Wesley Challenge”. This week we have an “Outward Focus” so take a look at I Corinthians 13:4-8. The entire chapter is good but let’s reflect on the gift within us. How is it manifested and what benefit does it bring to others in our community? Who will we share that gift with and are we willing? Loving God with our entire heart, mind, and strength is the first commandment and the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Look Upward, Inward, and Outward to be fully engaged as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We are going to receive cash donations for the recovery effort through UMCOR for those surviving Hurricane Laura. Please designate your donation for “UMCOR” or select the UMCOR box in Tithe.ly. It will well be appreciated.
God bless us every one, Pastor Mark