A Thought From Your Pastor! Psalm 95:1-7 (NIV) 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice,
Bummer—–Do you realize this coming Sunday is Communion Sunday. With this pandemic we will not be able to come to the Lord’s Supper together. As Psalms 95 tells us to sing and shout aloud to the King of our Salvation. I could probably do that by myself at home but how much better with my friends and family of St. Petrie.
Now let’s just perk up and realize how much Jesus loves each of us whether we are in the church building or sitting at home. Augustine was accredited to saying “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Just think of the blessings God has given each of us. Just think of the celebration we will have once we can worship together again. Take some time to call some people and tell them that God loves them and you think there’re pretty great too.
I’m blessed because I have Carolyn with me and I hear from the girls at least once a day. Some people are not that blessed soooooooo bless them and get blessed yourself. Give someone that might be home alone a call and just talk—or—listen for a while.
We will be getting back together one day and I am truly looking forward to it. This is a time to rejoice and be a blessing to people in telephone reach. The Bible tells us in
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV) 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 everything, 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.
On a lighter side look how Charlie’s gang is trying to encourage us— “May your day be filled with blessings of love, peace, and joy!”
I agree with Charlie and the gang, but I would add hope. Whatever the world brings upon us, we have hope in God’s Word. Scripture tells us: Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
In other words don’t worry about what is going on around you, but keep your eyes focused on Jesus. He will bring us through with a smile on our faces.
Of course as always: Keep praying but also keep rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Hopefully we will be meeting together again in the near future.
God’s Blessing, Pastor Gerry and Carolyn
~from an encouraging word.
A thought from your Pastor!
Psalm 33:3-11 (NIV) 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Did you ever think that you would be worrying about not having enough toilet paper? What about when can we go out to eat rather than where are we going to go eat?
This world is pretty mixed up right now, but look at today’s scripture. Of course, we need to realize that scripture is something we can count on and we can trust what is says.
We are to rejoice because no matter what—-God has it under control. We should be praising Him (as Charlie would say) not for the bad stuff happening around us but for the good stuff.
“5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.”
How does that compare to the virus? I’ll take God’s care over worry about the virus any day.
That does not mean we get silly and do dumb stuff, but we follow the rules and trust God to take care of everything in the long run.
Keep praying but also keep rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Hopefully we will be meeting together again in the near future.
God’s Blessing, Pastor Gerry and Carolyn
~from an encouraging word
Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead. Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize. When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there. When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. And when I am that person, remind me that it cost You for my freedom and forgiveness. Amen
~ Patsy Clairmont