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Our weekly Worship service is at 10:30 AM   

The sanctuary is marked for social distancing and masks must be wore at all times.

Please continue to stay connected with the church here on our website or on Facebook.

             If pastoral care is needed at any time, please contact Sue during office hours:                                                                                                                              570-343-6807 

                                       

The Worship Committee has been working hard to fill the pulpit for each Sunday. Listed is our schedule:

Sunday, July 4  Lorrie Loughney, CP               July 11  Dr. Wesley Mullen,  CP

                July 18    Laura Lewis Emmett, CP     July 25  Donna Dickinson,  APS

                Aug 1   Lorrie Loughney, CP  with Communion

                Aug 8   Laura Lewis Emmett                Aug 15  Donna Dickinson,  APs

                Aug  22 Rev. Ken Forbes                        Aug 29  Dr. Wesley Mullen, CP

 

A Prayer For Our Church

Lord Jesus, we pray that you will somehow give us ears to hear, hearts to love and wills devoted to serve; that in the days to come this congregation may be known not for our glory but for thine alone - a congregation of people who know you; that this place may be an oasis, a place where people come to find out about you, where lives are straightened out and made whole, where people find the peace that passes understanding. Give us, we pray, a heart to desire these things above all else. We pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

light_22565 See light, be light

In January 2021, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman presented her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the presidential inauguration. The final lines read: “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

How often we long for light! In recent years we’ve agonized amid pandemic, angry politics and new awareness of racism. Some have suffered deep sorrow. But Jesus says, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) and invites us to turn to him. God is always bringing light into darkness, through helpers, healers, peacemakers, friends. Sometimes bravery is required to turn our focus from the negative to the positive — to see the light of God.

Jesus also says, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14, emphasis added) and calls us to brighten the gloom. That requires bravery, as Gorman notes, but as Christians we’re urged to look for light not just to make our own lives better but to shine into others’ lives too. The Holy Spirit gives us the needed courage — to both see and be light.

 

SUNDAY BEST

Through the pandemic, 82-year-old La Verne Ford Wimberly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, donned her Sunday best — emphasis on best to worship online from home every week. The retired educator, who coordinates her colorful outfits and hats (she owns at least 50!), didn’t want to “get in the habit of just slouching around” during lockdown. To uplift fellow church members, Wimberly posted weekly selfies and encouraging words. The goal, she says, was to let people know “that if we continue to believe in ourselves, network together, trust in God, keep the faith, then we will be okay.”

Though Wimberly’s style is impeccable, friends say she’s even more beautiful on the inside. Her fashion sense “is merely an outer expression of her inner wisdom, wit and grace,” says her pastor, Ray Owens. Church staffer Robin Watkins concurs, saying Wimberly’s “heart is as beautiful as each outfit she has shared with us.”

SUNDAY BEST

Throughout the pandemic, 82-year-old La Verne Ford Wimberly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, donned her Sunday best — emphasis on best to worship online from home every week. The retired educator, who coordinates her colorful outfits and hats (she owns at least 50!), didn’t want to “get in the habit of just slouching around” during lockdown. To uplift fellow church members, Wimberly posted weekly selfies and encouraging words. The goal, she says, was to let people know “that if we continue to believe in ourselves, network together, trust in God, keep the faith, then we will be okay.”

Though Wimberly’s style is impeccable, friends say she’s even more beautiful on the inside. Her fashion sense “is merely an outer expression of her inner wisdom, wit and grace,” says her pastor, Ray Owens. Church staffer Robin Watkins concurs, saying Wimberly’s “heart is as beautiful as each outfit she has shared with us.”

 

HOPE DEFINED

Hoping does not mean doing nothing. .... It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying.

And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it.                                                         —Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

 

 

A New Old Way to Pray

An ancient Jewish form of prayer, still in use today, involves sprinkling one’s day with short prayers of gratitude to God. The prayer typically begins: “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who …” and concludes with a phrase that fits the specific situation. Such a prayer works well in good circumstances and bad. For example:

• “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who has provided clean water for my shower this morning.”
• “Blessed are you, O Lord … who brings friends to support me in my grief.”
• “Blessed are you, O Lord … who has blessed me with a keen mind; please help me focus while I take this test.”
• “Blessed are you, O Lord … who holds my children in unconditional love.”

Try using this form of prayer liberally as a way to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and to weave your faith throughout your day.

 

                 “Rest is not idleness,” said John Lubbock, “and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening                                              to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.”

Most of us need more, not less, rest built into our daily routine. Only when we are quiet can we hear God’s whisper. Summer is a great time to find a peaceful, outdoor spot to read, rest and pray — even if only for a few minutes. God is eagerly waiting for us to make space for him.

 

United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA need food pantry volunteers to stock shelves, pack bags and help food pantry visitors.

Locations: Community Services Building, 410 Olives Street

Time: Weekdays 9 AM to 5 PM            Contact: Toni Broden 570-343-8835 ext. 107

 

An Interlocking Community

Christ distributes courage through community; he dissipates doubts through fellowship. He never deposits all knowledge in one person but distributes pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to many. When you interlock your understanding with mine, and we share our discoveries, when we mix, mingle, confess and pray, Christ speaks.                                                                                                                       —Max Lucado, Fearless

Daily Prayer

Whatever happens today, dear Lord, help us remember that you are present. If we find ourselves in the shadows of disappointment or rejection or pain, let us see your comforting light. If we’re in the radiant light of success or acceptance or wholeness, may we acknowledge your providence and grace. Wherever we are, grant us the assurance of your nearness. Amen.

 
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