We received a message from a dear friend who shared an experience he had.  I made a rather long story, (but exceptionally well written), shorter. He writes:

Today I experienced the worst of humankind.  I picked up a prescription at my local grocer, mask on, plastic gloves donned, shopped for essential things (like potato chips!) and checked out.  I looked forward to my evening Manhattan and casually walked to the exit, cane in hand, two full bags dangling at my side.

On my way out I was accosted by a man. He shouted at me in language that even my worst enemy would have found offensive. I was too overtaken by anguish that I did not know what to do.  Had there been enough time I would have reported the incident. But instead I made my way toward the exit and set off for my car.  Within one minute I encountered him again.  “Have a good day!” I shouted, not intending to be sardonic!  Again, he shouted a litany of hatred.

As he overtook me and went to the van directly across from mine I shouted (this time not sardonically but prompted by what our Christ would have me say) “God loves you!”

Yet I will pray for that man, pray that my Christ changes him from a bitter “YOUNGER” man to a man made in the image of God.  I ask that you pray for that man too.  This is no time to be bitter, no time for recriminations, no time for bad tempers, no time for indifference.

For now let us only think of living civilly, caring for one another, doing all we can for caregivers risking their lives and mourning the tremendous number of lives lost.  Peace be to all of you on the holiest of holy times.

 

Scripture Reading:  Psalms 70

1 “Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.
Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

 

Reflection Questions:
In these stressful times how are you expressing your emotions?
What does pleasing God mean to you?
What brings you joy?

 

Prayer:
Holy God, in times of bitterness and bad tempers, teach us how to live more civilly with each other. Deliver us from indifference and be pleased with us as we to care for one another. Surround us with your peace in these trying times.  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.

Easter Lilies.  If you would like an Easter Lily you can pick one up at the church, this Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Crestwood Parking Lot (the youth house side). You can also pick up extra to deliver to folks who are not getting out.

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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