Pastor Jess Scholten
Pastor's Pondering - September 4, 2020
Dear friends -
My dad and I had tickets to a Cubs game this Sunday that I won in a raffle last January, operative word: had. It's a small thing, but considering almost every car in our recent history for Tom and me and for my parents has been Cubs blue, it's a sad reminder sitting on my google calendar as I check out the coming week. There are other things that look significantly different this fall for you as well - events cancelled, changed, adjusted.
It's the same here at church as well. What does Sunday school look like for the kids when they are way zoomed out with online school? (hint, it looks like a fun, outside activity every few weeks - keep reading the enews for updates) What about for the adults? (hint, still on at 9:30 on Sundays when we don't have outdoor worship) How about a highlight of so many of our weeks: Rev Wednesday? (The Growing as Disciples team has a few ideas up their sleeves for us, so stay tuned)
The upside is that we're free to try some new things - some experiments. Leaning into that aspect, the Christian Formation team came up with drive thru prayer. On Wednesdays from 4 - 5:30, several of us (pastors, Stephen Ministers, elders and anybody who wants to) gather a little early in the church parking lot and pray together and then distance ourselves out in the parking lot, so as people drive in they are directed to a station where they can share prayer concerns from their car and be prayed for and with. Come join us on Wednesdays for something completely different - it's an experiment in being the church and shining Christ's light!
Grace and peace,
Loving God, each day I am mindful of your blessings. You have created the earth and all its beauty. You have given me life and purpose and meaning. Thank you! Today, I especially give you thanks for…
You are the Great Physician, so today I especially ask for healing for…
You are the Light of the World. Help me to see your light today. Help me be light to others this day. I am listening, O Lord, to where you are calling me to serve or care for others in action…
Guide us all and protect us, heal our divisions, and grant us your grace and love. For we ask all these things in the sure and certain hope that you are at work in the world for goodness and mercy. Amen.