Pastor's Message

July 2020

This week the Session voted to provide outdoor worship services beginning July 12 at 10:30 a.m.  Every Sunday during the summer until August 23rd (weather providing), we will set up for outdoor worship on the lawn behind the manse house. (Please bring a lawn chair if possible.) These outdoor gatherings are being offered for those who have asked for an opportunity to physically gather for worship. We believe that providing an outdoor worship event that follows suggested social distancing requirements is the safest way to meet
this request.

 

Please know that we will continue to offer online worship at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook LIVE and as posted on YouTube.

 

This means we will have two worship opportunities each Sunday. However, under no circumstances should anyone feel compelled to attend the outdoor service. Just because we are offering a worship event does not mean that those who feel they are not quite ready to attend a worship gathering should feel obligated to attend. Safety first! We hope those who are enjoying the online worship service will continue to do so. We are offering the outdoor worship for those who feel physically comfortable with gathering.


In the spirit of the old saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” these outdoor worship services will give us the wonderful opportunity to connect the medium of being out in nature with the message of praising God within nature. Each Sunday we will look at a different way in which we connect with God in natural ways:

 

July 12: Forest Sunday

July 19: Land Sunday

July 26: Wilderness Sunday

Aug. 2: River Sunday

Aug. 9: Blessing of the Animals Sunday

 

“It could be easy to imagine that only humans have a relationship with the Creator, but in fact everything that God has made rejoices in the Lord. Because humanity is relatively new to the planet, we are becoming part of a worship service that is already in progress and has been for eons. ‘Christian worship has always been an act of joining the wider worship of the whole creation, a liturgy that began long before humans existed.’” –Bridget Jones

 

The heavens declare the glory of God, 

and the sky proclaims God’s handiwork.

One day tells its tale to another, 

and one night imparts knowledge to another.

Although they have no words or language, 

and their voices are not heard,

Their sound has gone into all lands 

and their message to the ends of the world,

Where God has pitched a tent for the Sun.

Psalm 19:1-4