Thought for the Day

 

~~Today’s thought comes from Stacy Bowser~~

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

During difficult times, heroes emerge among the masses that prove there is still goodness in this world. News outlets and social media shine a spotlight on those working on the frontline – whether it be firefighters and police officers during 9/11, construction workers and FEMA after a hurricane, or medical staff during our current Covid-19 pandemic. It is easy to pinpoint who the heroes are and it is just as easy to feel useless when we are told to stay home and not do anything at all.

This reminds me of a character from Harry Potter: Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. If you are not familiar with the story (some spoilers ahead), Sirius is a criminal who serves several years in prison, escapes, and eventually is found innocent by Harry Potter and a small group of wizards. However, to the rest of the world, he remains at large and he is forced to go into hiding. When terrible things begin to happen in the wizarding world and his peers actively fight against the darkness, Sirius is instructed to stay home, hunker down, and watch everyone else make a difference. He feels completely useless.

But out of everyone that Harry Potter knows, Sirius is the one person who Harry wants to speak to the most. His presence and listening ear is the one thing that Harry needs when he is at his worst. Sirius’s commitment to staying home and being there for him means far more than catching dark wizards or going on secret missions.

Right now, it is easy to feel useless like Sirius. What can we do to make these times a little brighter? The answer: It is the little things we can do: Call a friend or family member, write some emails or send positive messages, send photos of teacup pigs – reach out to someone who may be feeling blue. Every small gesture and every tiny act of kindness can be a miracle to someone. Even if the media never covers the happiness generated by these acts, and even if only one person smiles by your thoughtfulness, know that you can be a hero in your own way.

Stacy Bowser

~~If you would like to share a thought, please send it to Pastor Angela.  What a wonderful way to minister to one another.

Hymns for Sunday March 22nd, 2020

We will still worship together in song.  Here are the lyrics for the hymns for this Sunday.  If you don’t usually sing at church because you don’t want anyone to hear you…this is your chance.  Make a joyful noise until the Lord!

 

Hymn #6                         “Here in this Place”

Verse 1

Here in this place, new light is streaming,
Now is the darkness vanished away.
See, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
Brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in the lost and forsaken,
Gather us in the blind and the lame.
Call to us now, and we shall awaken,
We shall arise at the sound of our name.

Verse 2

We are the young our lives are a mystery,
We are the old who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history,
Called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in the rich and the haughty,
Gather us in the proud and the strong.
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
Give us the courage to enter the song.

Verse 3

Here we will take the wine and the water,
Here we will take the bread of new birth.
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
Give us to eat the bread that is you.
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Verse 4

Not in the dark of buildings confining,
Not in some heaven, light years away,
But here in this place, the new light is shining;
Now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever,
Gather us in and make us your own.
Gather us in all peoples together,
Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Text: Marty Haugen, 1981, Gather, 1988
Music: Marty Haugen, 1981, Gather, 1988
Text and Music copyright @1982 G.I.A Publications, Inc.
CCLI# 311114

 

 

Hymn #567                             “How Firm a Foundation”

Verse 1

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Verse 2

“Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed;
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

Verse 3

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

Verse 4

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

Verse 5

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Text: “K” in Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, 1787
Music: American folk melody, Genuine Church Music, 1832
CCLI# 311114

 

 

Hymn #580                             “My Life Flows On”

Verse 1

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Refrain:

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Verse 2

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Verse 3

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

Verse 4

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Text: Robert Lowery, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869, alt.
Music: Robert Lowery, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869, refrain alt.
CCLI #311114

Thought for the day

 

Psalm 34:1 ~~ “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.”

This is basically the Biblical mandate to make lemonade out of lemons.  In an effort to help one another do that, we will occasionally be providing personal stories of gratitude and praise.  If you have a story to share, please reach out to Tracey in the office or Pastor Angela.  Our first story is from Ben Bear.

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“One thing I’ve rejoiced in lately is how all the doing-things-differently changes will be memories for years to come. I’m reminded of how I only ever missed one Christmas away from Nokesville – my first year in Brethren Volunteer Service when I was in Colorado.

I worked the night shift Christmas Eve and slept at the homeless shelter shelter where I worked as part of my project. In the morning, I got up and made Christmas breakfast for about two dozen shelter guests, including four kids. I went home, slept, felt like crud because I had a cold, ate half a gallon of ice cream, talked to the family on the phone while opening a few gifts, and then went back to work for the afternoon shift because we were short-staffed.

Christmas is always a special time with family, but that is the only year that I can consistently remember without it blurring with all the other years, and I deeply value that. It’s my hope that, when all is said and done, others will have a similar appreciation for the disruption this season has caused.”

~~Ben Bear’s Thought for Today

We are still the Church

As we respond to the needs of those among us…we are still the church.

The board has voted to cancel all “in-person” gatherings through March 29 (when the board will re-evaluate), effectively closing the building, but….we are still the church.

We will stream worship at 11 am on Sunday morning (with just Pastor Angela and Lucas presiding) on our Facebook page, and we will make it available to watch anytime thereafter because….we are still the church.

We will call one another, send cards to one another, and pray for one another because….we are still the church.

We will find creative ways to minister to one another during this time of disrupted routines because…we are still the church.

We will reach out to Tracey (in the office) with prayer concerns to share via email because…we are still the church.

Coleen will email out portions of each week’s Sunday School lesson to the elementary school parents so they can study and worship with their children because…we are still the church.

We will still read Scripture together, sharing our reflections on each week’s text via Facebook or email (or perhaps webinar as Pastor Angela continues to explore options) because…we are still the church.

We will continue to give generously to the ministries of this church (through online giving), and to those in need (consider buying gift cards to your favorite local businesses to help support them during this time, for example) because…we are still the church.

We will pray for the doctors and nurses, the state and national leaders as they make decisions, and those all over the world who have been devastated by this illness because…we are still the church.

We will praise God with each breath, for God is certainly in our midst, and because…we are still the church.

We will emerge a stronger community because…we are still the church.

 

Donate Your Dimes!

 

 

Harper B. attended a district Jr. High retreat earlier this year where David Radcliff was the speaker. David is the director for New Community Profit (NCP), a small non-profit organization that works to educate about global social justice and environmental concerns and providing ways to take action. Harper was inspired by a conversation where she learned that it only costs 10 cents to fund a day of school for girls in Nepal and South Sudan, so she is collecting dimes to show her support! If you have some spare change and would like to join Harper in supporting NCP’s Give A Girl A Chance initiative, track her down at church or contact Suzie Evans. Find out more at newcommunityproject.info.