A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – January 11, 2021
The words from Psalm 46 have been wandering around my head and my heart these last few days. “Be still and know that I am God.” (vs. 10a).
I have, in the past, thought of them as trite; as if God is imploring us to sit on our hands and do nothing in the midst of chaos. While the world is churning, we Christians are to be passive. That is what I used to think.
Two nights ago, I spent some time with this Psalm and recognized that it begins, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
The Psalmist is not inviting us to do nothing. The Psalmist is inviting us to put our power and reaction in perspective to who we are as a people of God. The steel in our spines, the resolve to make the world a better place comes from a people who are still and know that it is God who gives us strength.
“Therefore we will not fear, thought the earth should change, thought the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; thought its waters roar and foam, thought the mountains tremble with its tumult.”
Our world is filled with fear, with disease, with discord, with violence and injustice. It is the sort of place that we are inclined to cower. Yet, this Psalm invites us to a time of prayer; a time of remembrance that God is in control and that we are invited into the work of justice and peace. We must take time to be still and recognize the power of God and then listen to God’s call to act. To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God, as the prophet Micah writes.
What will happen in these next few weeks remains unknown. What is known to us is that, “The Lord of hosts is with us…” And we are called to work for justice, feeding the hungry, loving our neighbor, living as children of the exalted King.
Be still, my friends, and know that God is God.
Save the date for the Finance Forum January 24 after 10 am worship. We have had an incredible year and anticipate our ministries will thrive in 2021. Come and discuss the budget and our spending plan. Ask your questions and be part of the team of disciples who challenges us to be the best we can be with our finances. The zoom link will that used for coffee hour: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353 For those calling in for worship, you will be asked to hang up after worship and dial back in, using the same number.
Save the date for the Annual Meeting Jan 31 after 10 am worship. Gather with your siblings in Christ as we look forward to another year of being the Body of Christ, loving our neighbors in this place. Again, the zoom link will that used for coffee hour: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353 with the same process as above to call in.
The Annual Report will be sent out via email this year using googlegroups (same as weekly messages). Hard copies will be available at the handicapped entrance sometime the week of January 17th. Please call the church office for an exact date.
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month. Needed items are Laundry detergent, toothpaste, feminine products, shampoo, peanut butter, canned vegetables, and side dishes. Donations may be brought to the main door on distribution days. To donate a gift card or check (with “Food Distribution” on the memo line), please mail it to church.
Thursday morning Bible Study at 10 am. All are welcome. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124197592?pwd=RlU3Y3BpQnRjUWFtWkRnUVd3SGtDZz09 Meeting ID: 841 2419 7592 Passcode: 137975
Spiritual Growth Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8:15 pm.
The link remains the same each week. If you wish to receive the lesson in advance, contact Julie Gerstenberger.
Zoom video: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/971654509 Meeting ID: 971-654-509
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Sunday Worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am. Join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, you can listen to the service by dialing 270-2524. After the greeting, enter conference ID 291-1296 followed by the # key. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. The service is also recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour is held after worship via zoom, using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353
Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Thursday at 9 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/450243871 Zoom meeting ID: 450-243-871
Mindful Meditation Ripples of Wellness offers the opportunity to practice Mindful Meditation with Joyce Callen each Thursday after Chair Yoga from 9:45 am to 10:05. Come join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life. Need more information? Contact Joyce.
Racial Justice Opportunity Greece Ubuntu concludes their discussion of the book, The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein Tuesday Jan 19 at 7:30 PM.
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