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WHO IS IN CONTROL?

Dear Crosswalkers,
 
The first answer, of course, is “NOT US!”
 
If we learn nothing else from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that we are not in control. We are not in control of the stock market, sporting events, public gatherings, our employment, our investments, and even our own health. We do what we can; after all we are responsible people, but ultimately we are not in control.
 
The human response to the reality of not being in control of our lives is often anxiety and fear. Anxiety and fear can show up in our lives as a sullen depression, or fiery anger, or insensitive attitudes and unkind speech. Anxiety and fear are twin troubles. They can produce a vise-like grip on our souls. The way out is to turn to God’s truth and be reminded of who is really in control. Here are a few verses of comfort and assurance:
 
Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 115:3 - Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
Matthew 19:26 - But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Isaiah 45:6-7 - That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Isaiah 14:24 - The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,"
Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 22:28 - For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
 
Here is what we are doing this week to support you during these challenging times: 
  • We have contacted, or are in the process of contacting, 26 individuals and families who are shut-in, or at risk, or on their own. We are doing our best to ensure that everyone has a care-giver or family member, and we are ready to help with volunteers to bring meals and/or groceries.
  • Our chaplain, Petra van de Water, is making herself available to our faith community. She writes, “I would be more than willing to organize/lead 1 or 2 groups online with a maximum of 8 people for Zoom small group meetings of 0.5-1 hour (for prayer and share).” God does not want you to feel lonely and unconnected while sheltering in place. Please take advantage of this and contact Chaplain Petra to participate.
  • Our Church Council is organizing an online prayer time to pray for our church family, and to pray for wisdom and strength in dealing with this pandemic. We pray for healing in the name of Jesus!
  • Because we are not receiving your connection cards, which were a great source for praise reports and prayer needs, please email us any prayer points. In times of crisis, prayer is our greatest resource!!
  • In terms of connecting through the word and through worship, I will continue to send periodic devotions through this all-church mailing list.
  • Also, we are planning an online worship experience for this Sunday. We will pre-record some testimonies from our local mission partners, namely Linda Jackson, Valerie and Matthew Crane, Angel Hernandez, and myself. I will especially address the important reason why we are continuing our mission’s month during a crisis. The reason may surprise you!
Last Sunday, even though we cancelled services, a Crosswalker came with a check for her tithe. She indicated that she may not get paid during the next few weeks, but she wanted to honor the Lord with her offering. Talk about doing something beautiful for Jesus!
 
I told her what I’m telling you: God does not expect us to give what we do not have. Three out of every five employees are hourly workers, and many will likely go unpaid in the weeks to come. If you are still being paid, you can mail your checks or give online. If you are not being paid, please take a break from your generous giving. In fact, we want to give to you if you are in need. Again, please let us know your situation.

We are here for you.

You are loved and prayed for!
 
Jesus is Lord of all!

He is in control!

Always has been, always will be!


Many blessings,

Pastor John 

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