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We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 8 AM, 9:30 AM & Spanish service at 11:00 AM. Pastor Forum at 11AM.
Holy Communion is celebrated the first and 3rd Sundays at all services starting on July 5th.
Spanish Services are being held Friday evenings at 6:30 PM
One of the ways I have been occupying myself during this “stay at home” time, has been putting time into our backyard. Planting, trimming, building, watering, cleaning etc. I put out a bird bath and a new feeder. Wildflowers started popping up, songbirds became more frequent (along with some neighborhood cats on the hunt, but our dog is on them!). The yard has really become a nice place to sit and enjoy some peace and quiet. This morning some birds came to eat and get a drink. As I watched them, these words from Jesus came to mind,
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? “ (Matthew 6:25-27)
To be anxious is to look to the future and see possible danger and misfortune. There is also usually a good measure of feeling powerless. Some kind of trouble is coming, and I can’t do much about it. I think that pretty well describes the last few months we have been living in! It also describes the next few months as we move into the Fall. Jesus says not to be anxious, (easier said than done). Jesus doesn’t say ignore the danger, deny the danger, or wallow in despair and frustration. He points to the work He is already doing, taking care of the birds, and points out that you are way more important than song birds! Since He can control nature to the point of providing rain and seeds to birds at the right time and place, He can and will provide for all you need. The destructive part of anxiety is fear. Jesus points to himself, gives us promises and gives us faith instead of fear.
Each of us is facing uncertainty these days and there is a marked rise in anxiety, anger, stress and fear in many parts of our society. Even our church is facing challenges as we try to figure out what life together looks like when its hard to gather together. In faith we are still gathering around God’s word and promises each Sunday thanks to the technology we have been blessed with. It is not ideal, but it is a tool God has blessed us with.
Jesus ends this section by reminding us that God our Father knows what we need. We can move forward into the world with faith and not fear. We have been blessed with peace and confidence and faith in the promises of God. We can be a blessing to those who are anxious, fearful, angry, and stressed out. Its really a question of where your focus is. Is your focus on feeling powerless? Or is your focus on the promises of God to provide and guide? One leads to fear, the other brings faith.
The birds always seem to show up in our yard these days. They come because they find the water and seeds they need and at the same time are mindful of the cats and people. The birds are a real blessing. They bring songs and chirps and a reminder that God has all things well in hand.