Traces of Grace
Online Worship This Sunday
Don’t miss our live stream worship service this morning at 10:00am. Shawn will be continuing our sermon series "Simple Prayers... Faithful God" with a message from 2 Chronicles 20 called "A Prayer of Desperation". After our service, be sure to join us on Zoom for a fellowship time. Both links are available on our website at fumccollingswood.org, where you’ll also be able to view the service throughout the week.
Thought For Today
Last week I worked with my wife one evening putting out the traditional mums and pumpkins and fall decorations around the house. After we were done I sat down and looked over the beautiful fall decorations. I reflected on how grateful I am for how our creator God makes so many beautiful amazing things. And this same God, even in the midst of difficult and challenging times, loves us more than we can understand. God’s love is greater… as I shared last Sunday.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:35-39
What an amazing promise that is! How we need to be reminded of God’s love and guidance in our lives. I love the analogy James Boice uses of a mountain climber, tied to his guide with a rope. Though the route is treacherous and he often slips, he doesn’t fall to his death because of the rope. Christ is our guide who never slips and the rope that ties us securely to Him is His great love for us, as seen in the cross.
No truth will transform our lives more than God’s gracious love for us in Christ. To the place where you understand it, feel it, and live daily with a deep sense of its reality, it can guide you through life’s biggest temptations, sin, difficulties and challenging moments…
In these moments we continue to pray for the spiritual condition of our day that needs to experience the love and forgiving power of Jesus in our lives in a fresh new way. We need our Lord’s help through the pandemic, the natural disasters and the social issues of the day like racism and even politics that divide so many. I hear many crying out these days from so many places, Lord, hear our prayer. I was challenged once again by something I heard from “prayers on the porch” this week by a brand new neighbor who stopped by. Our prayer is “Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me.”
We continue to pray for the following needs:
- our church and the community
- the schools and the children and staff
- our country, President and First Lady
- everyone affected by COVID-19
- the steps to reopening our church building
- Joy Evans as she goes for treatments and Craig and her family
- Dean Stefano as he faces surgery
- Margret Robinson for medical concerns
- Mary Mondatsos is having medical issues
- Ken Steward’s cousins - the Carprera family. Wife and mother, Patricia passed away after suffering a brain bleed and being on life support. Her husband and four children will have much to journey through. There has been a gofundme page also on Facebook for anyone who knows the family and wants to help in this time of need.
- Harry Rameriz for medical concerns
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