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Greetings to you one and all. The days have been quite pleasant with temperatures staying a least a bit above zero degrees. Even so, most of us are bring confined to our homes in the interest of safety. This is not always easy. We hope that you are finding your way with some confidence.

We gathered on Saturday morning to produce the video posted below. The service is focused on Remembrance Day. We are being challenged by the rise of dark times and it seems necessary for each of us to stand on guard. Doing what we are able will make a difference in our small corner of the world. The grace of God is with us to provide hope and courage.

Here is the video service:

The texts on which the service is based are:

Isaiah 52:7-10 / Psalm 121 / John 14:23-27

  • Curious George

I would like to begin by saying that you are all in my prayers. The times are deeply challenging. Turning to hear what the spirit of God is saying offers us a remedy for the anxiety and fear caused by the present global situation. Persons in all places are faced with the uncertainty regarding the duration and effects of the viral infection spreading through our populations. As persons of faith we know that the grace of God will sustain and guide us as we move forward.

Meeting at the Big Red Church on Saturday the band and I decided to suspend all in persons services. This will be in effect until we hear our governments let us know that the danger has moved out of the red zone. Hopefully this will not take a very long time. Even so, we will be wise to prepare ourselves and our families for the possibility of long term shut downs.

The band and I will meet on Saturdays to prepare a video service for you. This Saturday we focused on the theme of hearing God's word. That word presented as light as the times darken. That light is inside each one of us and all of us together. Hopefully you will let your little light shine in your corner of the world.

Here is the video recording of our songs and stories:

This are the texts on which our service is based:

Psalm 133 - How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

1 Kings 19:11-13 - He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Mark 4:2-9 - He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

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  • Curious George

Energy was high in the Big Red Church on Sunday morning. Like the sun was shining bright in our lives, warming the room. The service went nicely. Our band is good at selecting songs fitting to the biblical texts. Each member of the band takes a few moments to introduce the next song with spiritual insights and such.

The theme this week was focused on what each of us alone and all of us together may accomplish in the world. We recognize that dark times are in play and we have no certainty concerning when they will end. So the service encouraged us to let our little light shine. This will bring blessing and benefit to all whom we encounter along the way of our lives.

Here is a recording of the service:

Here are the texts used in the service, along with some first impressions:

Psalm 1 / 1 Thessalonians 2:1-7 / Matthew 22:34-40

The Psalm contrasts those who follow the way of the wicked and those who follow the way of God. The latter are dedicated to discovering and following the law of God. This is not a law written on paper. It is the law of the universe by which all life has come into being and by which all life is sustained. The Psalm employs the metaphor of fruitful trees to illustrate the prosperity of the faithful. Those who turn aside from the way of God to follow the way of this world are lost. Seeking their own desires they enter the way of decline and destruction.

Thessalonians offers us insight regarding the life of the apostle Paul. He makes plain that his testimony to the inclusive love of God revealed in the gospel has brought resistance from the powers of the day. This opposition has not stopped the apostle from sharing the good news of God's grace. He makes clear that his motives are not to be considered as false. His presentation of the gospel is not intended to earn human praise. Rather, the apostle makes clear that his presence among the people is gentle and caring. He is wholly focused on sharing God's forgiving love with whomever will hear and believe.

Matthew presents Jesus in the company of religious authorities. They are determined to catch him in an error. Jesus is asked about the most important commandment of God. Jesus answers by affirming that we are to love God with all of our being. He goes on to state that the second command of God is that we care for our neighbor just as we care for ourselves. Jesus makes clear that keeping these two instructions opens the way to keeping the law of God as revealed by the prophets. This in contrast to the way of the religious authorities who have been seduced by the attraction of power rooted in pride.

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