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
A Thought From Your Pastor
Every time I turn on TV or my computer, people want to talk about COVID-19. I am concerned about the devastating results of it on the physical body. I see another problem also. This stay at home order is necessary and I fully agree with it. With that in mind we have to be careful we don’t turn into hermits, self centered people or just plain loners that are depressed.
What does scripture tell us? Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I miss you people but the stay at home order is so necessary. We all need to be careful about spreading the Virus.
I friend of mine has a mother in the rest home which he cannot visit. He set her up with a phone that they can see each other as they talk. I saw on TV a family standing in a rest home yard singing Happy Birthday to a relative in the home.
Snoopy has an idea; let’s do a little more praying for those loved ones we can’t get with. I got a crazy idea how about calling a loved one or even just a friend and talk to them on the phone and pray with them. My daughter Chris and Carolyn are getting together first thing in the morning on the phone and having a devotional together.
Sometimes people alone at home get tired of cooking. Could you possibly drop a meal off or even a fresh dessert? There are so many ways to stay in touch and show that you care for someone.
Jesus is our example: John 3:16 (NIV) 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
There are so many ways to reach out, stay in touch, show your love and still stay 8 feet apart. You have the time so sit down and ask God to show you what you can do.
As I said before: 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
~The Celtic Christian Tradition
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5: 22-23
Throughout the Bible, there are verses on kindness – just a little bit of kindness – isn’t that what we all would like each day?
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25 NIV
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17 NIV
“Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” Luke6:35 NIV
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
When one is kind, the person is caring and loving. They think how the other person feels or how that will be affected by your behavior. Whether it is a small child, an adult, or an elderly person, we need to ask for Jesus’ pure kindness to fill our lives each day. Christ is our best example of kindness. He cared, loved and put us before himself. Even before the beginning of time and His birth, He unselfishly gave His life to everyone – healing, teaching, proclaiming His kingdom – always kind – giving His life on the cross for our sins.
Each day is a new one and we can’t live it over. May the Lord Jesus help us walk it in His way by the Holy Spirit. Amen