Our Frontier cable box went out and Kevin, the tech on the phone, jokingly said our box was so old that they didn’t even have the capacity to fix it. Thankfully, Karen took on the task of getting a new box.  When she returned, she had not just one new cable box but three.  Each room has now been updated.  It’s a brand new day at the Wismers. We are up to date. All is well or so it seemed.

But that lasted only until the dreaded installation. Karen again accepted the challenge and within an hour or so all the cable boxes were installed. TV life was back to normal or so it seemed because it was not over. We still had to figure out the remote controllers.  After a prolonged period of time, with increased frustration (mine) and more than a few choice words (mine) toward no one in particular, I came to the realized that we are going to have use 2 different remotes on the TV in the bedroom.  Okay, so it takes me a little longer to figure things out and I’m not very good at being forced to change. I want it to be like it always was but if I expect to enjoy the Food Channel or National Geographic, I need to make a change in both my attitude and in my action. I can get use to dual remote controllers.

We find ourselves in an interesting time. It is a time of change.  I would have ever thought that we would begin to worship regularly virtually. No seminary class ever taught us how to lead worship without the beloved gathering in the sanctuary. Yet, here we are and it is time of change for each of us.

So Karen and I encourage you to be present for worship on Sunday mornings. Make it an essential regular practice in your new rhythm. It will be different but we’ll be together, singing, praying, caring, listening and loving.  We are God’s people called to community in whatever situation we find ourselves.  Worshipping together, even if it is virtually, will keep us together.

The logon instructions are:

  1. Open your favorite web browser (i.e. Firefox, Google Chrome, Explorer, Safari)
  2. Go to our webpage:   pineshorespres.org
  3. Below Heading, there are ministry boxes for the three services (6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening, 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship and 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship)
  4. Click on the “Read More” for the appropriate worship service
    1. For the 8:00 am service click on the link that will take you to Spirituality Center Facebook page where you will find the service and click on the arrow in the graphic to start viewing the live feed
    2. For the 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening and Sunday 9:45 a.m. services click on the link that will take you to our livestream page.  From there, click on the picture of the sanctuary in the middle of the page for the live feed.  (past services are also available to view on the right side of the page)

 

Reading Psalm 95:1-5

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

 

Reflection Questions

What song comes into your head and heart?

How do you see God’s hand working in your life?

As God’s people what are you to do with a divisive virus?

 

Prayer:

Holy God, as I kneel in the sacredness of your Word, shadows lengthening as the day slows down, help me to sing a song of thanksgiving in the midst of the noise of uncertainty and fear. In your hands do I dwell, help me to remember the depths and heights of your greatness.  Let me rest assured for I am loved.  Amen