Dear Glen Mar friends,
As I write this, the July 4th weekend is upon us. I pray that you can take some time to give thanks for the blessings we share from God, and for the ways that our country lives up to the best of who we are, and are called to be. "May God shed his grace on thee...and crown thy good, with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!"
This weekend, we will gather online for worship with Holy Communion, so be sure and have a bread and a juice of your choice ready to share in the Spirit with your church family. We'll also welcome Pastor Melaina, who is already beginning to have meetings with individuals and small groups via Zoom to get into the swing of things.
I'll be preaching on a favorite and beloved passage from Matthew, where Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me... for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." It may seem like we've done nothing but "rest" in this COVID time - why are we so tired? How can we claim the freedom we are offered in Christ to give him our burdens, and if we take his "yoke" upon us, what does that mean? And what do we gain?
You won't want to miss it. I hope you will share the link with friends so that we can all worship together.
Also, just a reminder that in the summer, our schedules get more flexible so you might not "tune in" as regularly to church. I find that hard to believe because worshipping our amazing God is a joy, and our online worship is so meaningful to me. But just a reminder that we are grateful for your presence and your giving year-round, to cover year-round expenses and do year-round ministry. Thank you for your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness!
We are currently accepting requests for outdoor gatherings, with social distancing, at the church. All requests have to be approved by our task force, so if you want to gather, email me the info and I'll take it to the team and get back to you. Our youth have had some socially distant "game time" and we are in the process of planning more small events.
See you online,