The other day I suddenly realized that I was making a to-do list. The very weird thing was it was also the same day that I wore a tie as well. (We had a committal.)  It kind of caught me off guard because that hasn’t been my daily practice for the past couple of months.  My routine has been: I come to the office. I pray. I sit. I ponder. I write. I correct. I rewrite. I make calls. I zoom, zoom, zoom. I go home. I sit. I ponder. I read. I zoom some more. I think about others. I notice .I chat (= argue) at dinner. I walk (okay not that much but I’m trying.) It’s been a different kind of pace but one that I have learned to appreciate, greatly value and enjoy.

I know that this is not true for many others.  For many this time has been nothing but extremely stressful and a very difficult time for the health and survival of individuals and families. It’s the virus that is wreaking havoc causing damage and destruction.  It is the virus that infects and does not discriminate.  I read that according to the Department of Labor the unemployment rate in April increased by 10.3 percentage points to 14.7 percent. It was reported that in April unemployment rates rose sharply among all major worker groups. The rate was 13.0 percent for adult men, 15.5 percent for adult women, 31.9 percent for teenagers, 14.2 percent for Whites, 16.7 percent for Blacks, 14.5 percent for Asians, and 18.9 percent for Hispanics.  Unlike my experience, for many this “season of COVID-19” has not been a time to appreciate, value and enjoy.

I’ve exceeded my pondering time today… what will become urgent and what will be  important and how do I be more Christ-like in the midst of a COVID-19 society and world?

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Reflection Questions:
What does it mean to present your body as a living sacrifice?
How are you discerning what the will of God is for you?
What is the most important action you will take when you are able to get going again?

Prayer:
Holy God, keep me mindful of those who are suffering as a result of the virus. Remind me that it’s not numbers or statistics but real people, your people, who need care and compassion, who need resources.  Help me to discern your will for my life as I reach out to others in mercy. Amen.

Announcements

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 will be livestreaming today at 4:30 p.m. as they celebrate the end of the year with some special video presentations and the honoring of those moving on to youth group. Here is the link if you would like to watch:  https://livestream.com/accounts/1765691/events/1917356

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 info@pineshorespres.org

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

 

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