Now I’m going to be honest. I don’t like tests. I don’t like any kind of tests. For me, tests equals being corrected, usually with a red pen and a final grade of C- or C+.  Taking a test reminds me that I don’t know everything or I can’t remember everything or I was too dismissive (lazy) to learn what needed to be learned. There is a quote that goes something like: “As you know from school, if you have not prepared for the test then you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, then you’ve done your best.”

In saying this, some tests are essential.  I am intrigued by the testing debate that is currently going on.  The public debate is between those calling for ubiquitous (which is the word of the week by the way) testing and those who are saying that we can’t do it or don’t need to do it. Additionally, another debate is occurring — whether we should be testing for COVID-19 at all and instead test for antibodies that might reveal immunity to the disease. It’s an absorbing and absurd debate. It’s not politically wise for me to take sides but if I were I would tweet (if I knew how to tweet) something I read: “Testing for active infectious disease is a bedrock of controlling that disease, borne out of years of evidence and experience. The fact is, we need ubiquitous testing because we need to know who is actively infected and a danger to others and who is not currently infected.”  Some tests are worth taking.

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments.  He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Reflection Questions:
How is this time of COVID-19 testing your faith?
What do you miss the most in this time?
In what ways did you or did you not love today?

Holy God, it’s a long way through this valley and I know there is still more to go. Continue to acquaint me in your ways so that I may stand faithfully secure.  You know the desire of my heart. I choose you. Amen.


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.

COVID-19 Wish List for Beth-El Farmworker Ministry

Diapers, Size 4 and 5 Gift Cards All Purpose Flour Peanut Butter
Sanitizer Deodorant Spaghetti Sauce Pancake Mix
Face Masks Toothpaste Powdered Milk Granola Bars
Gloves Feminine Products Evaporated Milk Apple Sauce
Paper Products Adult Diapers Boxed Cereal Macaroni and Cheese
Sanitizing Detergents Baby Wipes Canned Meats Maseca Tortilla Mix
Disinfecting Wipes Bread Canned Fruits Rice and Beans
Bar Soap Coffee Pasta Crackers
Toilet Paper Oats Rice Canned Vegetables

JOY Company last zoom meeting will take place Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.This is a time of connecting and having meaningful play, music, story and games.  All children are welcome. For more information contact Allison Vance        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.

To help us celebrate Pentecost on May 31st, show you have the “spirit” by sending us a picture of yourself wearing something red. You can email us at

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