Enews: Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dear Friend,

What does it mean to be the church? How can we be the church and share the Good News when many of us are still inside our homes, unable to gather in person? What can we learn from the early church about who and how we share the Gospel, in this covid-19 world? Paul sent letters, sharing encouragement, and reminding the early churches how they were an example to others.
The church in Acts did what they could to pray together and break bread together-perhaps we do that virtually now. How can we listen for the Shepherd’s voice in the midst of social media, protests, and opinions? How can we remember our roots, and who we are called to be right now?
READINGS:
A description of the life of the early disciples as they shared in worship, hospitality and caring for one another.
David’s famous psalm of confidence and hope in God’s care, guidance and provision.

Peter encourages the believers who are going through trials because of their faith, and reminds them that Christ, who suffered though he was innocent, is the example we follow.
Jesus warns about those who are thieves and robbers, who do not care for ‘the sheep’, and he speaks of himself as the gate for the sheep, through which the sheep move to find pasture – and the abundant life that Jesus offers.
Prayer
Almighty God, we confess our frustration and our anger. We confess at times we should have held our tongue and didn’t. We confess at times we are distracted by things that will not matter tomorrow, and they consume our time today. We confess that in our uncertainty, instead of trusting in You, we turn to the voices of fear.
Forgive us. Call us into accountability, to remind us that at times we say things online we would not say in person. Call us to repent, to turn to empathy and understanding, and to seek Your wisdom.
In this world that has turned upside down, we remember that You are our Rock and our Salvation. You are what grounds us, keeps us steady, and will see us through. Remind us that You have commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, even the ones who irritate us, for You loved us first, with all our faults and shortcomings.
May we turn our hearts to You, and be filled with love for one another. Amen.
Parents, please have ready for the Sunday Virtual Children Moment:
some popsicle sticks or strips of construction paper (number people kids may know at church or family members)
a regular white envelope
regular construction paper sheet
crayons or coloring pencils

Children’s Coloring Page

Link to open/print the order of worship

Livestream Worship at 10am
Link to facebooklive
Don’t forget to sign up for the 5 Cups of Coffee Study with Pastor Luis beginning next Tuesday, May 5 at either 10am or 8pm
 
Following the Kids Time a Non-Coffee And…. 
We will use the church’s Zoom app to have a virtual “Non-Coffee And…” to be able to socialize in fellowship within our congregation. If you are interested, please e-mail

swright518@gmail.com.   The Zoom meeting will be scheduled on Saturday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m. 
You will need to down load ‘Zoom cloud meetings’ from the App Store and Rev. Luis will then invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with a Meeting ID and Password.
Hosted by Sandy Wright and Deacon Ginny

Friends,
As we move to virtual worship, we can’t forget that bringing our gifts, offering is part of worship. We thank God that we still have the opportunity to do so even in these uncertain times. Please use this link Contribute to continue your contribution or to do a new one, or you can continue mailing your checks. Doing this we continue to bless the ministry we all love and care for.
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