Message from Pastor Cherie June 7th

 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest…

future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it! – Psalm 22:1-2 then 30-31

 

 

My dear friends in Christ,

 

What a week we’ve had! Oh, who am I kidding, it’s been 10 weeks of craziness, hasn’t it? And it seems that there is just one thing after another that is being thrown at us. And it might make some of us feel a little overwhelmed, a little sad, a little angry, or a lot overwhelmed, sad or angry. If you are feeling that…know that you are not alone. We are a family of faith and we are here for each other. Don’t be shy about picking up the phone or sending a text to one of our folks to talk, to vent, to cry if you need to. We are in this together.

 

But more than that, God wants us to come to Him with our feelings and our concerns, our cares and our questions, our anger and frustration. The Psalms are perfect examples of pouring out our hearts to God. And then, seeing the difference it makes in our attitude when we do share our specific frets or fears. Often the Psalmist will begin with lament, with crying, with worry, but as he shares it with God, we find that by the end, more often than not, there is joy and relief expressed. I invite you this week to look at some of the Psalms and see God at work in these songs and prayers.

 

Your Session has been having conversations about how and when to re-open and has put a team in place to explore what that might look like for us in the weeks and months to come. I know we all miss seeing one another, and I invite you to join in a ‘virtual coffee hour’ this Sunday at 10:30. The Zoom link will be in the body of my email to you. Don’t be afraid of the technology, it’s actually pretty easy. I, and others, can help you with it. Give me a call or email and I’ll set you up with someone to walk you through it. Because we would love to see your smiling face!

Remember that I am with you in this. I’m as close as a phone call or text (905-401-7641) or an email (pastorcherie@gmail.com).

Be well, be safe, you are beloved,

Pastor Cherie

 

 

Sharing Church, Being Church, Together

 

To give you a fuller experience of worship and connecting, I am including a prayer for you, the scripture reading for this week, some hymns, and a devotion for your day. Our own dear Ruth is going to be playing some hymns for us and I will include the files in my email, so you can listen! The words are below, so you can sing along.

Prayer: by Max Lucado

Almighty God,

Bolster my prayer life! Make me persistent, courageous, and specific. May I depend on communion with you as much as I depend on the air that I breathe. Teach me a little more each day what it looks like to “pray without ceasing.”

In your Son’s name, amen.

Scripture:  Isaiah 49:13-18 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Heavens and earth, be happy.

Mountains, shout with joy.

Be happy because the Lord comforts his people.

He will comfort those who suffer.

But Jerusalem said, “The Lord has left me.

The Lord has forgotten me.”

The Lord answers, “Can a woman forget the baby she nurses?

Can she feel no kindness for the child she gave birth to?

Even if she could forget her children,

I will not forget you.

See, I have written your name on my hand.

Jerusalem, I always think about your walls.

Your children will soon return to you.

And the people who defeated you and destroyed you will leave.

Look up and look around you.

All your children are gathering to return to you.”

The Lord says, “As surely as I live,

your children will be like jewels.

You will be as proud of them as a bride is of her jewels.

Devotional for this week:

Prayer is our way of conversing with our heavenly Father. We often come to prayer with a list of laments that are very specific, but then fail to ask God for the very specific things that we want or need. Specific prayer demonstrates our trust in a loving and good God. It reveals that we believe nothing is too trivial or challenging to bring to Him.

Questions to consider:

What is much on your mind these days? Have you brought this God in prayer?

What, specifically, do you need to pray about? Pray for?

Are you reluctant to be specific? If so, why?

I would invite you to make a list, either in your head or written, of specific things that are troubling you, or that you want God’s help for. Then be intentional in your time of prayer in sharing them with your Father. Then, take a moment and give him gratitude. In Philippians 4:6, Paul states that we should present our requests to God “with thanksgiving.” Gratitude is the mindful awareness of the benefits we have been given in life.

Hymns:

Brother, sister, let me serve you

Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

I will hold the Christlight for you
in the nighttime of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we’ve seen this journey through.

A mighty fortress is our God

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got you and me brother in his hands.
He’s got you and me sister in his hands.
He’s got everybody in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease:
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
the sun forbear to shine;
but God, who called me here below,
will be forever mine.

And here are some hymns played by our own dear friend, Ruth. These are on our YouTube channel, StGiles1954 and you can see them anytime. There are also past sermons you can rewatch or share with friends. We will also post these on Facebook Sunday morning.