Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.
Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;...
from Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 ESV
As we prepare now to welcome 2021, we are ever more aware that the future is unknown and we rest in the providence of God.
"My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me —the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20: 23
Loving God, the day is here. It’s time to say goodbye to a church family with whom I’ve had the honor of groaning and growing in grace for over 15 years. Now that the end of this chapter is here, I’m overwhelmed as I try to wrap my head and heart around everything these years have meant. You know how much I hate goodbyes. You know how much I’d rather pretend like tomorrow’s just one more Sunday—show up, worship you with dear friends and then simply quietly move on… but that “ain’t gonna happen,” and it shouldn’t.
I can honestly say there’s not another church I’d rather have been a part. Like every family, we’ve gone through seasons of “joy unspeakable, full of glory”—times of such exhilarating newness, gladness and goodness, we were convinced life simply couldn’t be any better, this side of the new heaven and new earth.
And then there’ve been times when we’ve clearly demonstrated how much we’re still babes in grace, novices in the ways of Spirit-filled freedom and wisdom. Yet through it all—through the highs and lows, blues skies and dark storms, gains and losses, renewals and reserves, you have been there. What an amazingly faithful, merciful and grace-full God you have been to us.
As I leave, I commit this church family to your care and I submit to your plans for the next season of my life in retirement. Feed us by your word, astonish us with your love, nourish us with your grace, and transform us by your Spirit. We pray in the name of Jesus who calls us to follow. Amen
Pray with us for the new year. Our God can bring healing, hope and progress in 2021.
Luke 24:50-53 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (NIV)
Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
Pastor Emily Denmark McGee
Goodbye to 2020 (a tough year, and that’s an understatement), and to Rev. Betty a person who makes even the toughest year bearable... a “Good” bye. Goodbye and Farewell.
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Offering Prayer: Generous God, your good gifts to us are too many to name! We have been blessed, not so that we might hide away these blessings, but to use them so that the blessings might be multiplied. As we give from our blessing stockpile, help it to multiply and grow. May our gifts empower multiple acts of mercy and compassion, and may your love pour over this world like a flood. If we have buried these gracious blessing, may today be the day we dig them up and put them to work, so that we might be seen as your faithful servants! Amen. (Matthew 25:14-30)
A remembrance created to show our love.
A beautiful acapella hymn written by the Reverend Jeremiah Rankin for his congregation in Washington DC in 1882. He was inspired by the etymology of the word "goodbye" which comes from "God be with you."
CCLI Song # 7005778 Ian Wherry | Jeremiah Eames Rankin | Jon Bond © Words: Public Domain. Music: 2007 Salvationist Publishing & Supplies Ltd. (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 625707.
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor
and give you his peace.
Further Readings for the First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 27, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.
1st Reading: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
Wesley urged each of his societies to conduct a Covenant Renewal Service once a year, most often on New Year’s Eve. The success of this Covenant Renewal Service encouraged Wesley to have it published as a pamphlet in 1780).
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