Message: “Love is what everything we do hangs on”
I need to share with you that my son was exposed to COVID19 through his daycare class, requiring that he be quarantined for two weeks. He has thankfully received a negative test, and none of my family members have symptoms. In consultation with John, our moderator, and Julie, our chair of Staff Parish, we have decided that in an abundance of caution (and knowing that a false negative is possible), I will not be meeting with people in person until the quarantine period is over. Unfortunately, this means that I will not be present for our in-person worship service on Saturday.
We will still continue with our service on Saturday at 3pm. Linda has graciously volunteered to lead worship on that day and it looks like it’s going to be a really nice day to get together and see one another. We’ll be praying for our upcoming election. This will be a time to affirm that who we are is rooted in hope! We’ll be creating titles to place in our prayer garden, as a reminder to ourselves and to our neighboring community about our hopes for the future. If you are able to come, please register in the block below so that we can get a good count of who is coming. A huge thank you to Linda for leading this service. I will be with you in spirit!
On Sunday’s live streamed worship, we begin our stewardship season. Stewardship is one of those topics that often feel uncomfortable for churches. Surprise, no one really wants to be asked for money! But when we talk about stewardship holistically, we realize that we are able to do the mission of the church because of the way that we marshal our resources and put them to work in the world. This includes our money, but also our volunteer time, the work of our hands, and resources that we maintain to support others. It also includes our hearts. Our love and the love we have to offer is a tremendous resource. Our theme for Stewardship is “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”. We see where our hearts lead us this Sunday as we begin this season.
It also happens to line up perfectly with our lectionary text from the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus is asked which commandment is the greatest and he responds that we are to love God with everything we have and also love our neighbor as ourselves.
We continue with our Sunday morning worship using both Zoom and Facebook Live. For Zoom log in please reach out to Chris at Chris@newtonchurch.org.
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/
Grace and peace,
Prelude: “Peace, Perfect Peace” Gibbons
Meditation: “Here I Am” Schutte
Postlude: “Ein’ Feste Burg” Luther
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