Traces of Graces
Online Worship this Sunday
Don’t miss our Online Worship Service this Sunday morning. This week’s special music is with the Zook Family and the children’s message will be delivered by Margie Hammond. Pastor Leon will be bringing a special message on ”God’s Unbelievable Strength” from Isaiah 40:28-31 as we continue our “Presence Matters Most” series. You can view all of our services from our website at www.fumccollingswood.org. Our services are also posted on our Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/CollingswoodFUMC) and our Faithlife group (faithlife.com/fumccollingswood) when they are released.
Thought for Today
What do you miss most these days?
Many of us miss the little things, like going to the grocery store, haircuts, beauty salons or going out for a good burger. Some miss going to the mall, but many miss just coming together and simply worshipping together; I do TOO! One of our staff members and I recently participated in a webinar that focused on ways we can move ahead in the future, and we are excited about what God has in store for all of us as we begin our Summer Gatherings in July! We are looking forward to gathering together in smaller ways for now, and eventually working our way back into the building.
Praying with many people throughout the week has been a joy for me. I know many have been joining me from home as well! We have used Psalm 121 for our meditation this week. “I will lift my eyes to the hills - from where my help comes from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” He ends by describing the Lord keeps you and watches over your life. We need that reminder today and every day… that God sees you and me… and God is watching!
Let me share with you a poem called “And God Said If” that helps us consider the sovereignty of God and our need for His Presence EVERY day. I believe our recent journey jhas taught me to rely on Him in a new way:
If you never felt pain, Then how would you know that I’m a Healer?
If you never went through difficulty, How would you know that I'm able?
If you never had a trial, How could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I’m a Comforter?
If you never made a mistake, How would you know that I’m forgiving?
If you never were in trouble, How would you know that I will come to your rescue?
If you never were broken, Then how would you know that I can make you whole?
If you never had a problem, How would you know that I can solve them?
If you never had any suffering, Then how would you know what I went through?
If you never went through the fire, Then how would you become pure?
If I gave you all things, How would you appreciate them?
If I never corrected you, How would you know that I love you?
If you had all the power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?
If your life was perfect, Then what would you need me for?
Pause and consider that final line for a moment:
If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for…
My prayer list continues…
- Grateful for God’s mercy and grace every day.
- Grateful for my family, church family and the opportunities of serving others in this community together and beyond.
- Grateful for (during this pandemic) your faithfulness to prayer, your being there for one another, and your generosity to the kingdom..
- Grateful for all who are joining together in prayer daily, whether at home, on zoom or from the porch. How we need to continue to pray for an outpouring of God’s love, mercy and grace.
- Our opportunity to continue to grow together this summer, while remaining socially distant. May we find ways to allow God to use us in prayer, worship, serving and generosity.
Please KNOW the church deeply appreciates your faithfulness as we have great financial challenges at this time; please continue to pray and give as God leads you!
Pray for a hurting world today. As many are praying for healing in this pandemic, others are praying for God's love to help us deal with the racial differences around us. Lord, help each of us love one another!
If you have any prayer concerns or ways we can serve you, please let us know. We desire to journey with you even through these days of social distancing. Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
Pastor Sam and the Staff
New Opportunities for Prayer...
Every Wednesday Noon Time Prayer (ZOOM)
Join us every Wednesday for time of prayer and sharing with the staff. You can join on video or call in. Please join us as we seek the Lord together!
Daily Prayer on the Porch
As your pastoral staff is trying to navigate with you through these days, Pastor Sam has felt led to open the front porch of the parsonage, with social distancing, for anyone to come by for a simple prayer time. The porch will be open Monday through Thursday beginning June 15, 2020, from 12:00noon -12:30 pm. (638 Park Ave). Wear your mask please! We know there is power in prayer when God’s people bring themselves before Him. We can cast our every care before the Lord each day, knowing He cares… prayer can surely make a difference!
Join in the fun as we collect food for our friends at the food pantry at St. Paul's Lutheran Church!
Please bring any type of pasta, jelly, and canned chicken or beef broth. These are the food items that are currently in need. (No pasta sauce is needed at this time.)
Please note that the hotdog dinner has been cancelled.