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Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
The church building is closed due to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. And, as of now, the Presbytery of Lake Huron advises that churches plan to extend suspending face-to-face meetings until Sunday, May 10.
If you need to speak to Rev. Holmes, Rev. Williams, the secretary, or treasurer, you can still reach us at 989-686-1360. (Phone lines have been rerouted.) And of course, you can reach us through Facebook (Westminster Presbyterian Church - Bay City) or through email. Stay safe!
Rev. Dr. Ewen Holmes:
Rev. Linda Williams:
Christian Education Director:
Westminster will continue to live stream the worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. through Facebook.
Prayers & Blessings
Holy Week Schedule
Join your Westminster family for Holy Week! Our services will be streamed through Facebook. Please let your fellow church members know.
April 5, Palm Sunday (10:30 a.m.)
April 9, Maundy Thursday (7:00 p.m.) – virtual communion will be celebrated
April 10, Good Friday (7:00 p.m.)
April 12, Easter (10:30 a.m.) – virtual communion will be celebrated
April 1, 2020
Rev. Dr. Ewen Homes, Transitional Minister
April 3 Devotional
by, Rev. Linda Williams
Valley of the Dry Bones
picture by Gustave Doré
Maybe the idea of dry bones being restored held a special appeal to me as I read and reread this familiar Lenten passage. Maybe the image of dry bones coming together with new life struck a very personal chord because I have just recently gone through a time of living with what seemed like dry bones, and at times asking the question, "O
Mortal one, can these bones live?" Can these bones be restored? (And by the way, on a personal note, they have been restored — the surgery was successful!)
I'm guessing that there may be just a few people right now feeling like the prophet Ezekiel, wandering (only figuratively right now) in a valley of dry bones. Like Ezekiel, we have been set down in the coronavirus valley, waiting to hear the sounds of hope — bones rattling and coming together, flesh appearing on the bones, and finally breath coming from the four winds so that there might once again be life. For us in the here-and-now, waiting for spring, waiting for the flattening of the curve, waiting for a vaccination.
And yet, if I really look around me, I do see life breath coming from all over, even as I watch the at-times frightening news or listen to the coronavirus press briefings. I see video of people in Spain and Italy nightly singing from their balconies, people in New York and Chicago leaning out their windows, clapping their hands in appreciation of all the healthcare workers living
up to their calling to serve others. I hear of children and families putting on concerts in their neighborhoods for elderly folks stuck at home and horn-honking parades in the street celebrating isolated backyard weddings and birthdays. Or the story of a young boy who solicited PPE's (Personal Protective Equipment) from local companies so he could give the many boxes to his local hospital where he had been hospitalized as a little boy. Even closer to home, the many people that are sewing face masks for local hospitals. Or neighbors who are shopping for their neighbors. You know the stories...you may be the story.
And God is the story too, with multiple promises of hope throughout scripture. The hope heard in this passage is — "the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet." With all of you from Westminster I am looking forward to the end of physical distancing and one day soon coming together as we "stand on our feet" and thank God for bringing us through these days.