Recently, the state of Michigan has seen a spike in COVID-19 infections, resulting in increased hospitalizations and deaths. The Presbytery of Lake Huron has urged Sessions and congregations to heed the orders of state and county public officials regarding in-person worship services. Westminster's Session has decided to suspend in-person worship services until further notice. Online worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. will continue.
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Sunday, January 24 2021
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January 21 Devotional
I’m a worrier. For those of you who work with me, or have served on a church committee with me, you know this already. My grandmother said I came by it naturally; her mother was a worrier, she was a worrier, my mother was a worrier. See, I’m keeping the family tradition going strong! Needless to say, this past year has been especially difficult for my incessant worrying. My worries run the gamut of rational worries to the utterly ridiculous…what if Justin or I get sick, what if the boys get sick? Did I turn off the curling iron this morning? Will I burn down the house if I didn’t? Am I am doing enough to help the boys with remote learning? Am I doing too much? Should I change my passwords more often? How will the economy recover? Is that mole on my upper arm getting bigger? At times, my anxiety is in overdrive.
I’ve always been envious of those who could put their worries in God’s hands. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he wisely wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.” If I’m being honest, I read that and think, ‘if only it were that easy’. But as I step back and really contemplate the passage, I DO this almost every time my worries try to overtake my day, I just don’t always realize God is at work.
I pray. I don’t always ask for something specific, but simply tell Him I’m struggling. God knows what I’m anxious about; I don’t have to spell it out for Him. I remember to be thankful. I’m thankful for the strength and courage and resilience God has given me. I thank God for things I’ve taken for granted, even all the things I used to complain about; I can’t wait to work in the concession stand at Little League, or to try and mentally figure out how I’m going to get two kids to baseball practice at two different fields and the same time. For those of you who have heard me complain about this stuff, honest, I’m looking forward to those times again!
I’ll admit, prayer doesn’t always ease my worries, but even then, God seems to step in, in other ways. I’ll grab a favorite book, watch a movie or episodes of The Office and get lost in something silly that takes my mind off of whatever I’m worrying about and calms my fast-beating heart or relaxes my tightening stomach. There is God, guarding my heart and my mind.
There have been so many other ways I’ve felt my worries diminish; talking with a friend, asking a co-worker for advice, playing board games with the boys, working on a puzzle, going for a walk. And God is there, as Paul wrote, transcending all understanding. Believe me, I know it’s hard. Some days are harder than others, but remember, He is with us…every day, in every moment, in every worry.
Wishing you all peace!
Adult Bible Study
"The Bible With and Without Jesus": How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently
book by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler
Join us Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Abraham and the Three Angels
We began our new study this past week, looking at how both Jewish readers and Christian readers hear and read the familiar Creation passages from Genesis. We focused primarily on what felt like the more academic perspective on these very familiar verses – familiar to readers of both the “Old Testament” scriptures and the “Hebrew scriptures.” We even discussed the two different accounts of creation as written in Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 2. Click here for more information.
Join us for a Wired Word current events discussion on Wednesday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
This week’s The Wired Word gathering will reflect on the actions of Rep. Andy Kim to help clean up the mess left behind by rioters in the Capitol. The incident provides us with the opportunity to discuss God's response to our own messes, our reaction when other people mess up, and Christ's invitation to his followers to serve others. Click here for more information.