My wish for you
Is that you continue
To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness
To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart
In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter
To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined
To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you
To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely
To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless
To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise
To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected
To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good
To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit
To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name
And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Be well and safe.
~ Pastor Joy
Remember the worship services are posted on the Website and Facebook at 10:30 am every Sunday morning.
Visit our Virtual WORSHIP page
for our Virtual Service with musical videos
and additional inspirational materials..
In more usual times, Sunday Morning Worship in the Sanctuary begins at 10:30 am.
You may have noticed our phones have not been working. And we think the phone service has finally reconnected us. (Just in case my cell is 952-358-1856.)
Each Wednesday during Lent (including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter), a video recording will be posted on the church website. It is a short devotion that includes a poem by Mary Oliver, a couple of spiritual practices and a prayer. Check it out.
I understand that Masonic Pathways is open for short visits. They request to call the desk to make an appointment. All the safety protocols are still in place.
The PNC is continuing their good work. After the Committee on Ministry of Lake Huron Presbytery approves, it will soon be posted. I am excited for you! Continue to keep your pastor search in your prayers.
Some sad news: Tadd Godfrey let me know that Nancy Sheasley died on February 19th. Some of you may remember she was the recording secretary at FPC for many years. A funeral service is not scheduled yet but hopes are for summer.
Address for Robbin and David Sheasley (daughter in law and son)
230 South Main Street
Rockford, MI 49341
Parking Lot communion will take place on March 7th at 10:30am.
Good Friday at 12:15 the Ministerial Association will hold a recorded Good Friday service. As I have more details I will send them to you.
The Worship Team is planning other Lenten Services and I will keep you informed.
The Good News is Easter will be a true Resurrection Celebration in person! I will send the safety protocols to you before. If you are not comfortable to meet inside yet; the service will continue to be posted on the website.
Blessings for this journey of Lent as we anticipate Easter Sunday.
– Pastor Joy