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MONDAY MESSENGER - March 30, 2020
Note from Pastor Mark:
“See, NOW is the acceptable time; see, NOW is the day of salvation!” – 2 Cor. 6:2 [my capitalizations]
I find myself wondering rather more frequently than I like to admit about the day we can go back to a more “normal” lifestyle and be able to visit the places and people we used to before the pandemic. Then, news comes like today that we’re supposed to practice “social distancing” for another month, at least, that school is cancelled until next fall and, once again, the future appears even that much more uncertain. I realize, whether I like it or not, that we’re in this for the long haul, and we pretty much should toss out the window any expectations of when all this will end. It reveals to me how much of my thinking tends to be focused on planning and preparing for what’s ahead and what’s happening in the next few weeks and months. But, since so much is so unknown, I have to let go of that familiar thought pattern. Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to practice living in the “here and now” rather than focusing so much on what’s going to happen tomorrow. Perhaps this is a time when we try to live more in the present moment than in the attitude of anticipation that so often takes so much our energy of thought and planning. And, perhaps, that’s exactly where we can best “find” God. The God of the Eternal Now. After all, God’s time is that of Eternity, which has no chronological clock to it. Could this be a time when we let go of “time” altogether in order to more fully enter into God’s timelessness, breathing deeply only the moment that we’re in, giving thanks for all the blessings we do have and praying for those about whom we are most concerned?

- Pastor Mark

Join us online at, clicking on “Watch Services” at the bottom, as we worship together while apart on:

Wednesday, April 1st, 11 am – “Open Our Lives” Lenten Worship (Note: Our apologies to those who tried to watch our service last Wednesday and found we had a glitch in that there was no audio. Intern Pastor Paul’s
wonderful message was re-recorded and can be found at the website).

Sunday, April 5th, 10 am – Palm Sunday worship. Send us a photo or video by Saturday of you waving a palm or other greenery! We’ll include it in a “Palm Processional” slide.

Thursday, April 9
th, 7 pm – Maundy Thursday Worship with Lenten Absolution, Holy Communion, and traditional Stripping of the Altar.

Friday, April 10th, 7 pm – Good Friday: The Passion Story and Adoration of the Cross Sunday

April 11th, 10 am – Easter Worship
(Note: No Easter Vigil worship on Saturday due to the very participatory nature of that service).

Near the end of our worship on Sunday, Barb Williams texted this information about how several are still “pursuing their purpose” in answering God’s call, especially to support those in greatest need:
“In good news, because of our congregation's loving generosity, we were able to serve about 90 lunch meals at Salvation Army this past Friday. Carol Jordahl, Don and I worked with three or four regular Salvation Army
staff to make and distribute sack lunches. They had asked us to minimize the number of volunteers, but we are grateful for others who volunteered to help. We will take next month as it comes, and we're looking
forward to the usual joyful camaraderie of all of us serving together in person!” (Apologies that I didn’t see it to include it during announcements that morning.)

Holding you all in my heart and prayers,

Pastor Mark Perry

Every Night In Every Home!
Our FAITH5 verse of the week is
Ephesians 5:8-9:
“ 8 Once you were darkness, but now in the
Lord you are light. Live as children of light—9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.”

(Post or keep this weekly scripture in a handy place and every morning or evening share the following as a couple, or with family members in the home or even with adear friend over the phone.)  Share your highs and lows of the
day with one another.  Read the verse of the week and if
time permits, the Bible story that  pertains to the Scripture of the
week.  Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
of the day or how it’s speaking to you. Pray for one another’s highs and
lows and other prayer requests. Bless one another. Make the sign
of the cross on each other’s forehead or the palm of your hands
and say something simple such as:

“God bless you and keep you in His love and care!” Or feel free to
make up your own blessing that incorporates a part of the FAITH5
verse of the week. Be creative! Stay open to the Holy Spirit!

The readings are chosen so that the days leading up to Sunday (Thursday through Saturday) prepare for the Sunday readings. The days flowing out from Sunday (Monday through Wednesday) reflect upon the Sunday

Week around Lent 5  Sunday, Fifth in Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Psalm 143
1 Kings 17:17-24
Acts 20:7-12

Psalm 143
2 Kings 4:18-37
Ephesians 2:1-10

Psalm 143
Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41
Matthew 22:23-33

Week around Palm / Passion Sunday

Psalm 31:9-16
1 Samuel 16:11-13
Philippians 1:1-11

Psalm 31:9-16
Job 13:13-19
Philippians 1:21-30

Psalm 31:9-16
Lamentations 3:55-66
Mark 10:32-34

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66 or
Matthew 27:11-54