11.25.2020 Devotional

11.25.2020 Devotional
 

Outdoor Worship During Advent

Join us each Sunday in December for worship on our parking lot during the season of Advent. Thanks to the gift of one of our members, you will be able to hear worship through your car radio, This allows you to comfortably hear the music and to be a part of worship no matter what the outside weather is like.

Outdoor worship will begin at 12:00 noon on these dates;

December 6

December 13

December 20

You are also invited to join us for our Christmas Eve service on December 24 th at 3pm.

All are invited.

 

Dearest Friends,

"O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures." - Psalm 104:24

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and fall is upon us with all of its charm. Our gardens have been put to bed for the winter. The beautiful orange, yellow and red leaves have dropped, and the last of the orchard fruits are falling from the trees as we head into the fall rain.

I see God's creation in amazing ways this time of year. I grew up on the east coast in Maryland where we experienced the fullness of every season, and I find that I am still amazed by the beauty of fall.

There will be days, though, that come in a month or so where each one feels the same. Each day will feel cold, damp and cloudy. It will be winter. And while the season doesn’t exhibit the beautiful colors of spring, fall or summer, winter does bring its own beauty.

It's easy to point to God's goodness by looking at creation on the most beautiful days. It's a little harder when everything is gray and cold. And yet, without the starkness of winter, we don't get the colorful springs, beautiful summers, and the glorious colors of fall.

It's the same with our own creation. We have times when life is as bright as the trees in the church courtyard. Other days, everything feels like it's dying. But sometimes the gray days are the cocoons we need before we burst forth into the world in full color. Learning to appreciate the gray and the un-extraordinary, might just be the most profound way of valuing God's creation, both in the world, and in ourselves. There is always something to learn from life.

Prayer

God, on the grayest of days, show me just a small reminder that you are still at work, and I will show you my hope. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving, Be Safe,

Pastor Denise

 

Prayer Request:

1. Janie Haney-Stover (Prayer request: Prayers for my Uncle Lindy and my cousin Beth is caregiver in WV, For all those who have lost loved ones this last year, All those touched by cancer and suffering from Chronic Pain. Thankful for my Church Prayer for those suffering from the effects from Covid

For all those who are traveling - Keep them safe and healthy

For our children

2. Prayers for Earl Cabe

3. Prayers for Virgil & Barbara Clarkson

 
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