from Pastor Lynn
from Pastor Lynn
- In one of my recent daily thoughts, I suggested some Bible texts that you might want to read right now to encourage you in the middle of this continuing pandemic. I realized that some of you don’t use Facebook and can’t go there to refer to my suggestions in the daily post; so here they are again. You might start by reading the book of Philippians. Although Paul wrote it while he was in prison, it absolutely shimmers with optimism. Then read Isaiah chapters 40-55, texts that highlight God’s majesty. These chapters are sometimes called “Second Isaiah,” and were probably written as the Babylonian Exile came to an end and the people looked forward to going back home to Israel. You could read chapters 1, 3, and 6 of the book of Daniel. Each chapter is a story that encourages the reader to stay true to God no matter what the consequences might be. (Hint: all the stories have happy endings!) You might even read chapters 1-18 of the book of Exodus as a reminder of God’s compassion and power as God led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. I am grateful that the Bible can speak to us in many ways, even during a pandemic; for as we read the texts of the past that our ancestors left us, we can find hope for the future.
- We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, August 2 during morning worship on Facebook live. Please prepare the elements so that they are on hand during the service. Don’t be limited to just bread and grape juice! Jesus used what was available to him during the meal, and we can do the same. You might use a bagel or a cracker instead of bread; and orange juice or milk is perfectly fine instead of grape juice. (I have it on good authority that some of us use real wine!) What IS important is that you gather in spirit with your church community on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate Jesus’ continuing presence with us. I hope that you can join us in worship on Facebook live at 10:30 on that morning!
- Some of you have expressed a desire to have the daily thoughts that Pastor Janice and I send you in a print version so that you can read them again and again. If you are interested in receiving a weekly mailing of those daily thoughts, please contact Sandy in the church office and we will arrange for you to receive them. I am happy that they have been helpful to so many of you! This print version will not replace the daily phone calls; it will be in addition to them! We will begin weekly mailings the first week in August.
- If you are interested in an online Bible study, check out Nashville UCC Bible Study on Facebook. This group is just getting started, and we would love to have more members! Our first discussion will begin with the book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." Each week, beginning in August, I will post a question for response and discussion, and you can respond at your leisure. We will be discussing one chapter at a time, so it won't be a lot of extra work for anyone. If you would like to join the group, just let me know and I’ll send you an invitation!
- Many of you are uplifted by Krissy's music, especially when she plays your favorite hymns. To help you in this time when the church is closed for physical worship, we are beginning something new. Each week, Krissy will be recording one of your favorite hymns and posting it on the Nashville UCC Facebook page so that you can listen to it whenever you want without needing to sort through a Sunday worship service. When it is posted each week, my daily thought will focus on the message of that hymn. I hope that this helps to feed you spiritually when we cannot gather together for worship. If you would like to request a hymn, feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!
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