We look forward to you joining us online for worship on the 4th Sunday of Lent! A complete pre-recorded worship service will be posted on the church website, by Sunday morning at the latest. Then from 10:30 - 11:30, join us on your computer for a virtual "Coffee Hour" hosted by Faithgroup V (V for Virtual). You can join the Zoom session simply by clicking this link. Come and say hi to your church family, and stay for an hour or for just a few minutes!
Also on Sunday, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has called for a Global Day of Prayer and Fasting (COVID-19). They have set up a special website at https://covid19.worldea.org/global-day-of-prayer-fasting/; you will want to download the Guidebook to guide your prayers. From the Guidebook: “Let us join our hearts and our focus before God on this day set aside to pray and fast in faith and hope for God’s mercy and grace in the midst of COVID19 virus troubles.” I will be fasting and praying and I invite you to join me.
Our song for today, “Be Not Dismayed What E’re Betide,” was suggested by Sandy and can be heard by clicking the link.
Here’s a poem by Kitty O’Meara, good for a Sabbath rest:
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised,
and made art, and played games,
and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, and some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
Carol shared a sermon by Dr. David Jeremiah entitled, “Facing Coronavirus.” He recommends six biblical strategies for responding to this crisis with faith and wisdom:
1. Concentrate on prayer
2. Control your mind
3. Count you blessings
4. Claim your promises
5. Consider your responsibility
6. Continue your work
You can listen to it online. Even if you don’t hear the entire sermon, pray along with him during his short prayer at the end.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation (Is. 12:2).
In closing, let’s pray together as our Lord taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Go today with God’s blessing:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
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PSS – Thanks Burnadette for creating today's picture!