Psalm 1: The Two Ways
Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
How are you planted by the water?
In this time of pandemic, many of our past ways of refreshment are not possible right now. We lament this change, but pray that God continues to lead us in faithful decisions. Rev. Camille Cook asks how we can move from just trying to not wither to flourishing in this time - because flourishing is possible even when life looks different. Streams of living water come in different ways, found in different places. When we have never looked, they can be hard to see - but we worship a God who will make streams in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).
On Wednesday nights at 8 pm during the month of October, we will experiment with a gathering online for contemplative worship. Our time will be spent together in prayer and scripture, learning and practicing a new way to connect with God. Gatherings will be a 35-40 minute pause in the week to hear God’s voice and share how we have experienced God’s presence. You can join us for one or for all. The hope is to learn ways to deepen our personal practice of faith. By gathering online, we hope that this will be available to those who do not drive at night or who have kids at home. If you have never joined a videoconference, you can contact Pastor Lecia to set up a trial run or you can call in using your phone. If you are interested in joining for worship, email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and receive log in information.
May God continue to speak to us and guide us in this time.
In the abiding hope of the Risen Lord,