Hello, beloved friends in Christ. I am this morning reminded of Psalm 130 a song of ascents. Here is the New International Version:
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Certainly there is a feeling of the depths as we face an invisible and deadly enemy and I am speaking not of the virus but of fear. We have seen the reactions to fear; confusion, misinformation, mistrust, even hoarding. We too see however care, compassion, and concern as neighbor checks in on neighbor, healthcare workers put themselves at risk to serve others, and more. But many of us wonder “What more can I do? What does the Lord require of me? What can I do, locked away in my home?”
It is here that the Psalmist answers: “I wait for the Lord and in His word I put my hope.” Here we are told that in His word we may find Hope. That’s why we’ve been studying the word’s of Christ this Lent, to fill our lives with hope through Him. But there is more you can do. You can share that love, you can share those words and still remain safe. Start by calling someone from church to see how they are doing. Share a word or even a scripture passage with them. Reach out with a letter (yes, old fashioned mail is still working). Send a text or email just to check in and of course, pray. Pray for the world, pray for our leaders, for the caregivers, for our neighbors, for the grocers, for the truck drivers, and warehouse people. Pray for those keeping the lights on. Pray for those who have lost their jobs. The list is wide open to you.
A time for prayer
Each Tuesday we host a telephone conference for praying for one another. I’ll have a scripture to read and then we will pray for one another. It won’t be long. Starting at 10am you can join as follows:
On a computer, using the computer audio you can visit this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/312109637 and if prompted select this Meeting ID: 312 109 637
On a telephone (home or cell) you can join by calling one of these numbers and when prompted entering the meeting ID. 1 929 205 6099 or 1 312 626 6799 US or 301 715 8592 US and when prompted enter meeting ID 312 109 637
Each week your worship leaders will be putting together a weekly worship video that we will post on our website at www.westspringfieldumc.org or join us on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/WestSpringfieldUMC )
Please reach out to the church if there is anything you need. Each week we will also be mailing out our WSUMC Weekly Worship – which will include pretty much everything we have in the video (except the music of course). If you’d like to receive this in print please leave a message at the church phone number.
Finally, we continue to do our work and I urge you to continue to send in your offerings. If you will like to do an online offering, please go to the ONLINE GIVING page on this website.
Blessings – Pastor Rick