We got this picture following worship on Palm Sunday. That’s not exactly what we envisioned but we’ll take it. (Thanks Libby – it’s a great start.) I’m not sure who is who in the picture, but it’s good to see at least one smiley face in the pews. We really want to see your pictures. Email us a picture of you filling your solitude with an activity of value or gathered around the TV or computer participating in worship. We’ll show them at worship on Sunday.

What we know is that for a bit longer (how long is still to be determined) we’re being the church together at arm’s length, wearing facemasks when we have to go out and making wise decisions to keep ourselves and each other healthy. I said it Sunday and let me repeat it again, the best way to keep the community together is to practice physical distancing. It continues to be a brand new day for the beloved of Pine Shores and over the globe.

I realize that physical distancing may be or perhaps is having an impact on you. You may be feeling a little helpless or hopeless, not sleeping very well or a little sluggish and your energy drained. I and everyone in the Wismer house know when “it’s” getting to me, I am irritable and my tolerance is low and I become impatient.

Here’s what to do when the “cabin fever” is negatively impacting you. Take a walk – move your feet. Listen to music. (If you have the ability – play some music.) Have a cup of herbal tea. (I’m serious, sipping on a cup of hot tea has an immediate effect.) Look at old pictures. Create something or make something meaningful. Managing your “cabin fever” will build up your resilience for what lies ahead.

 

Scripture Reading: John 12:1-8
1 “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
 

Reflection Questions:
In today’s economy how much is a “pound of costly perfume” for you?
Who is doing faithful acts that aren’t often noticed?
What is your strategy when you get “cabin fever?”
 

Prayer:
Holy God, as this journey begins toward the cross, keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. Give me assurance that I will not lose heart and courage me as I try to embody a spirit of sacrifice, compassion and love. Amen.

 

Worship Opportunities During Holy Week

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service via livestream begins at 4:00 p.m.  We will observe communion during the service (any kind of juice or water will do / bread or crackers) or you can come to the church for “drive through” communion between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. We will be at the Crestwood Parking Lot (the youth house side).  We will use individual packaged communion elements and we will be following the recommended safety precautions.

Good Friday Worship via livestream will take place at noon.  We will be joining the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church for this service.

Dr. Kathleen Weller’s Sacred Space is 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings via facebook, Peace River Spirituality, or you can go to our website.

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

Announcements

Take a picture of yourself worshiping at home and email it to us. We would like to share with our PIne Shores family on Sunday.
Send prayer requests to karen@pineshorespres.org.
Check out Virtual Children’s Church and JOY Company with Miss Allison by going to Pine Shores Presbyterian Church homepage.
If you would like to receive “These days”, a daily devotion, please email Karen@pineshorespres.org.  We have a limited amount.

 

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