About a month or so ago the Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory list of the “essential” sections of our economy needing to remain open during the COVID-19 lockdown.  A list of all the essential sectors can be viewed by googling “critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers.”  If you don’t want to google it, just take about 5 minutes and write down everyone you deem as essential.  Think about the people who are necessary for you to live safely and comfortable in this pandemic. As you can tell the range of people we’re depending on to take care of us and our loved ones, keeping us safe and keeping our economy going during the pandemic, is expansive.

First, I want to pause for a few moments and give thanks to all those who are essential, for what they do for us and for others and the contribution and commitment they make to keep us going and moving forward.  It matters that we see them for who they are – more than what they can do for us.  They are essential.

This the notion of “essential” has been swirling around in my head. To be absolutely necessary, to be fundamental or central to the nature of something or someone defines essential. In the Greek, the word ἀναγκαῖος is translated as essential, necessary, indispensable.

Again, I just want to give thanks to you because I believe that you are essential in moving us forward in faith.  Your faithfulness is necessary for serving others and sharing Good News. You are indispensable to God.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:14-22
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many members, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are ἀναγκαῖος – indispensable.

Reflection Questions:
How does God see you as a necessary person?
How are you essential in being a person of Good News?
Who is indispensable to you?

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for those many people in my life that care for me, those who surround me in your goodness. Let me be more aware of those I don’t notice and help me to remember that everyone is made in your image. Amen.

 

Announcements

This is the last week of the zoom Bible Study on the post
resurrection appearances of Jesus.  It will be held on Tuesday & Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. If you would like to be a part of this
study please email bruce@pineshorespres.org or
karen@pineshorespres.org. to receive login information.
New comers are welcome!

On Wednesdays the yellow cart will be out from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm.
on the north side of the Sanctuary (youth house side) for food donations
for the Beth El Farmworkers.  All Faiths Food Bank is not accepting food donations as this time.  All Faiths and Beth El are accepting cash donations.  You can donate to them directly or through the church.

JOY Company Weekly Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. A time of connecting and having meaningful play: music, story and games.  All children are welcome. For more information contact Allison Vance allison.vance@comcast.net        941-343-9894

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

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.

We would love for you to send us pictures to share with our Pine Shores family on Sunday. You can email us at info@pineshorespres.org.

Send prayer requests and joys for the Saturday egram to karen@pineshorespres.org

Family Promise News:
Position Open: Director, Family Promise of Sarasota The Board of Trustees of Family Promise of Sarasota, FL, is in the process of searching for a Director. Family Promise helps homeless children and their families find sustainable, independent housing while providing temporary safe shelter, job search, and counseling. Our affiliate, which suspended its operation in December of 2017, has been rebuilt with 20+ faith congregations and will be ready to serve families starting in the fourth quarter, 2020. For job and application details, go to bit.ly/familypromisedirector.

 

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