• ReadMeditation
    Week of January 24th

    Seeing God's Majesty


    Photo by J. Lamb -- Button Buck on Sedwick's Farm in Luray

    Meditation: Seeing God’s Majesty

            While on my grandparent’s farm, I encountered a herd of deer who roamed the riverbank. One of the younger deer followed his regular deer trail that happened to cross with the path I was walking. This young buck stopped about twenty-five feet away from me. I was waiting with my camera. His mother and the herd watched as this curious button buck had a photo op. This encounter reminded me of how God cares for all of nature. God is majestic; He cares for the deer who live in His forest.

             Psalm 8 provides us with a humble reminder that God is majestic. This Psalm of David was written by a man who endured many trials and conflicts in his life. Amid all the challenges, this Psalm does not focus on the hardships but on the importance of praising God. We need to remember to give thanks for God’s gracious care for each one of us in our difficulties. Even when things seem hard, we can see God is about caring for us. God cares for our furry friend who will roam the hills for a few brief years. May you remember God cares so much more for you who are a child of God.

    Gracious God, we praise you for you are majestic. Remind us that we can find comfort in you amid the challenges in our lives. We pray this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

    Song of Praise: Majesty

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRwD2Y7C0s

    Scripture Lesson: Psalm 8

    Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%208&version=NIV 

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      ReadBridgewater United Methodist Church
      3rd Sunday after Epiphany
    2. ReadFriday January 22 BUMC Blast How do I get the vaccine?
      How Do I Register for a COVID-19 Vaccine? Donations of Children's Sock and Underwear Needed Pick up or have your Chili delivered tomorrow Thank you

      How to Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine

      Covid 19 Anxiety

      The Virginia Department of Health Central Shenandoah Health District staff and its partners are currently working hard to distribute the vaccine throughout our health district based off of the VDH COVID-19 vaccine prioritization phases. The Central Shenandoah Health District moved to Phase 1b on Monday, January 18th. We will continue to finish up vaccinations for individuals included in Phase 1a as well. Please note that we are working with local healthcare partners to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals in Phase 1b, this includes local healthcare providers, hospital systems, pharmacies, and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Please call your healthcare provider to see if they will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients. 

      These are the actions that you can take to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine:

      • If you are aged 65 and up and want to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, please fill out this Request for Individual Vaccination Survey. Please note that by completing this survey, your name will be added to a queue to receive a notification when a COVID-19 vaccine is available to you and provide you with information on how to register. Please note that filling out this form does NOT reserve you a vaccine or guarantee the availability of a vaccine.
      • If you are an essential worker or an employer of essential workers in Phase 1b, email and have not already contacted the Central Shenandoah Health District, please email cshd_esf8@vdh.virginia.gov.
      • If you are age 16-64 years old with certain conditions or disabilities that increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19, please sign up for our  CSHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update. We will use this update to notify you when we start to vaccinate this group. If you are unsure if you are eligible for Phase 1b under this category, please complete this VDH Eligibility Tool.

      Stay Safe,

      CSHD Support Staff 

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      1. ReadThursday Thoughts
        Thursday Thoughts Becky Downey

         Thursday Thoughts


        I am writing these thoughts on the evening of January 20, a sacred day in our democracy. This is not a forum for sharing political views. But today's events did cause me to think about our role as Christians as I watched the transfer of power from one President to another in a nation where its citizens hold many religious faiths or none at all.

        This past fall, there was an opportunity to take a Zoom study on 1 Peter led by Pastor Steve and written by Kyle Idleman. It is available on Right Now Media if you would like to take the study yourself. First Peter is a short letter to new Christians who were finding themselves persecuted for their faith. Part of Peter’s mission in this letter is to offer hope to those suffering and to give a guide on how they were to live.

        Since that study, I have read again and still grapple with some of the passages on how to demonstrate to the world you are a Christian. Many verses speak to today's situation. I guess that is why scripture is called the Living Word. In Chapter 4: 8-11 some profound admonitions jump from the page. Let me share them with you.

        Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen"

        Obedience and love are intertwined in living out these virtues but they are impossible to implement on our own. We must have the Holy Spirit living in our hearts to teach and guide us. We must continue to nurture our spiritual selves so that we may grow into the people who exemplify what it means to be a child of Christ to a nation and world needing peace and love.



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          Youth Group Packing Lunches for Harrisonburg Baptist Church Meal Program Friday, January 29th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
          1. ReadMeditation
            for the week of January 17, 2021

            Resting with God

            Shenandoah River

            Source: Photograph by J. Lamb – South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Luray

            Earlier this month, I went on vacation and took an afternoon to walk on my grandparents’ farm. On this cloudy day, I was able to snap a few pictures, such as the picture above the river's gentle flow. In these moments, I was able to find rest in this peaceful place. Jesus also seeks out these quiet places by withdrawing with his disciples to the lake. Yet the crowds follow him there, and many in the group found healing in this place. In this place, he sets aside time to discern who he would select as his Twelve Apostles prayerfully.

            I believe Jesus provides us an example that we can follow. Taking time to set ourselves apart allows us the space to rest with God. In this place, we can find the healing we need in our life. In these places of rest, we can also gain a greater understanding of the calling God has given to us. I want to encourage you to set apart time for prayer or walking in nature or set apart more time for reflection as you continue to make room for resting with God in your life.

            God of Rest,

             Please help us to rest in you. Lord, we ask for healing and guidance in this place. We pray this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

            1. published a bulletin

              ReadBridgewater United Methodist Church
              2nd Sunday after Epiphany
            2. ReadFriday BUMC eBlast for January 15, 2021
              Part-Time Bookkeeper Needed Clothes Closet & Equipment for Caring at Mission Central Chili Take Out or Delivery Mission Trip Upcoming Events BUMC Prayer List

              BUMC Part-Time Bookkeeper Job Open

              Bookkeeper Needed

              The BUMC Staff Parrish Relations Committee is looking for the right person with the right set of skills to serve God and perform bookkeeping duties. Feel free to pass this job description on to others. Interested persons should send their resume to seniorpastor@bridgewaterumc.com.

              1. ReadThursday Thoughts
                Thursday Thoughts Becky Downey

                 Thursday Thoughts

                January 14, 2021

                "Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." Psalm 20:7

                There are times in our lives when we may feel the power of evil nearby or even surrounding us. Psalm 20 was written as a send-off to war to remind the participants for whom they were fighting. This verse has also been used to send missionaries out to be ambassadors for the Kingdom. And I think it is a good verse to repeat to ourselves often to check where our priorities lie. I refer back to and reread that entire Psalm every once in a while to discern what it might say to Christians now.

                What is our role in the Kingdom, in our work, in our recreation, in our civic life, in our interactions with family and friends? In whom or what do we place our trust? How do we express our loyalty and love to God? Here is the beginning of a list:

                • Love others
                • Lead by example
                • Speak God's truth

                We each have favorite verses, verses that speak to how we are to demonstrate our devotion to God. Psalm 25: 4-5 are two of those verses for me, ones that I read daily to ground myself. "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

                We must be on guard at all times to guard against falling prey to the evil around us. A great illustration of that evil is found in 1 Peter 5:8, "Satan prowls like a hungry lion looking for someone to devour".

                Stay strong and steadfast in your choice to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We were never told it would be a rose-strewn path. But when we don't know what to do, remember Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."



                1. Blood Drive

                  The town of Bridgewater is sponsoring a Blood Drive Thursday, January 14th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Community Center's Arey Assembly Hall 201 Green Street Bridgewater, Va.

                  You must schedule, your appointment to give blood, please call B-Connected at 540-908-4212 or visit www.Bridgewater.town.

                  The Red Cross is currently testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.