What can a puppy teach us about our relationship with God? Join me (and little Schubert) for a few minutes with Psalm 131 and finding our sufficiency in God.
Music today: Josh Garrels, 'Zion and Babylon'. The first half of the song describes the mindset of 'Babylon': the secular world. The second the mindset of Zion: a very different approach that finds its hope in God rather than material power. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfsdVvcubnA
Also: Vladimir Horowitz, 'Traumerei (Dreaming)' Live in Moscow, 1986. One of the most peaceful, hopeful pieces I know, played by a Russian exile back in Moscow in the latter stages of the Cold War. I believe meditating on the reality of the Lord's love in the midst of our broken world looks something like what we see on the faces of this audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3BXcKgpvcs
'Your brain on anxiety.' Are you in need of an antidote to those persistent voices about worries you can't control? Our faith provides powerful medicine, and it may be best applied through a 'prayer of the heart.' Join me and Hebrews 11:1 for a few minutes to learn more!
Music today: 'A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement', John Coltrane. The singing portion comes around the 6:00 mark. The phrase runs through major and minor keys, as if God's love carries us in all of life's situations. It's worth looking for Coltrane's liner notes and love poem to God that he released with this album, the only time he included written material with his music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHUapMTgWD0
Want something filling from God's word? Join me for the 'Great Scottish Scripture Show.' While I can't provide the charm of Mary Berry, Psalm 1 with the S.P.E.C.K. ingredients list provides one basic way to pay attention to and apply the Bible.
Scripture vs. Sloth: How do we build a defense against 'the Noonday demon' that can suck day after day away from us? Some simple ideas to engage Scripture and the Holy Spirit in a daily 'quiet time' with some possible resources to start, including Psalm 119:105-112. Feel free to add your own comments of 'starter' resources for time with God in Scripture you've found helpful.
Last night our church session met in a virtual meeting to discuss our plans for worship in light of the latest guidance given July 15 from Governor Wolf. The governor specifically exempted churches from his restrictions of no more than 25 people in an indoor facility and has not placed Beaver County (or any other county in Western Pennsylvania) back in a ‘red’ phase.
We also carefully considered all the feedback we received from those of you who have replied over the past month to our questionnaire.
As a result, the Cup church session adopted unanimously the following policy:
We will continue to meet for sanctuary worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
We are requiring masks through the entire worship service unless a medical condition prevents this. If someone desires not to wear a mask for personal reasons, we can provide a location for seating where the service can be heard, but outside of the sanctuary.
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We continue to monitor the situation involving COVID-19 and aim at providing the proper balance of spiritual and physical care to our congregation and community. Our policy will be adapted as circumstances warrant.
We are thankful for God’s provision and your support in these challenging times and look forward to the time when all of us will feel comfortable and secure in attending worship together. Until that time, let us ‘fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . .so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ (Hebrews 12:2-3)