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Archive for March 13th, 2022

MEDITATION:

Written by Terri Dickson.

The spring of 2020 was an ominous time, as Covid was first spreading around the globe.  In those early moments, when we were all scared for our lives, and somewhat frozen in place by lockdowns and restrictions, I witnessed Christ working miracles every day in the hearts and deeds of my friends, neighbors, and church family. When a friend heard that I was taking cookies to my daughter, who works in the ER, and leaving them at the curb where she could come out and pick them up to share with the hospital staff, that friend then organized a weekly drop off of baked goods at the hospital that went on for months.  My neighbors started reaching out in text chains when they were going to the store or getting food delivered to see what others needed. They opened their pantries to each other to cover for the things we couldn’t buy. And they checked on people they knew were less able to procure food and other necessities. Friends from all over the country started sending daily little jokes that brought a much-needed burst of laughter when all around us the news was oppressively grim. Our Village Church performed a miracle by moving everything online overnight and the choirs learned how to create music virtually. Blankets were made for the homeless, food was collected for the hungry, donations were offered for those in need.  Christ’s work in this world is real and present every day. Sometimes it takes a crisis for us to actually see it.

PRAYER:

This prayer is from the General Synod of the Church of England in Australia.

Eternal God and Father, by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to your service, and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

MUSIC MEDITATION:

Send the Light Performed by the Altar of Praise Men’s Chorale

Written by Charles Gabriel (1856-1932), a music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. It was composed as a missionary hymn for Easter Sunday and was first sung on March 6, 1890.

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