Dear FPC,
Things are complicated. I see new life springing up in flowers and trees, and am excited about a new family being born on Saturday as Gracie gets married. At the same time, I am heartbroken by the continued death and destruction from the pandemic. And I am devastated by YET ANOTHER black man shot down for no reason at all (and frankly puzzled and a little angry that the murderers have not been arrested). Life and death—both happening at once all around us. Kindness and hatred both popping up all over.
All I can really say is Lord Have Mercy. Lord have mercy on us, on our leaders, on our broken society, on our health care workers, on people in dire economic straits—please help us! Help us to see and repent of our own racism, our own greed, our own fear and selfishness.
I encourage you to pray too. Not sure what to pray? Here are 5 ideas from our friends at the Bible App. https://blog.youversion.com/2020/05/how-to-pray-when-you-dont-know-what-to-pray/ You can also come and pray with your pastors (while masked and in your car) on Tuesday, May 12 from 5-7.
We will embark on a prayer adventure called “Thy Kingdom Come” on May 21. I am excited that we will have good activities for all ages and for families. There is a digital family adventure prayer map that uses a special augmented reality app on your smart phone! We will have a virtual Festival of Prayer on Zoom on Saturday, May 23. I hope you will join us!

Thank you to all of you who completed our congregational check in. Overall most of you are doing pretty well, for which I’m grateful. We were able to learn of some specific needs, and are following up on them. We also learned that almost all of you sense a deepened call to serve and help others during this time. You are especially eager to offer prayers and emotional support. A great way to do that is as part of our calling tree. If you are interested in joining that, please contact Bev Simpson.
As you move through this complicated week, my prayer for you is that you are source of light and life to those around you.

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus!

Pastor Steve

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