Best and Worst of Times, March 22, 2020

For Use Sunday March 22, 2020

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom: this is the familiar quote from Charles Dickens classic novel The Tale of Two Cities.  We find ourselves in a very almost surreal time. Just four weeks ago things were rocking along marvelously. Retirement plans and investments were soaring, troAgape United Methodist Church

Lubbock, Texas

 

ops were preparing to come home from Afghanistan, and life was generally good.  Then a virus named Corona appeared and threw the entire planet upside down. Sending the stock market down 30+ %, the cancellation of sporting events, including March madness and The Masters, international travel was curtailed, and something called social distancing entered our vocabulary and mindset. We now find ourselves in a time of anxiety, fear, unknowing, and extremely rapid change. 

 

But we also find ourselves in a technological age. The devices we have at our disposal are totally amazing.  We come a long way from things like rotary dial phones, and typewriters. We are a resilient society and we are finding creative ways to overcome. Numerous churches are going to have church services, only using skype, facebook or zoom to reach individuals. Other applications is an app called “my neighborhood”. Somebody that is need, connects with someone that can fill that need. Rosetta teaches piano, and over the last several years has had students from Big Spring. Sometimes especially during inclement weather, she has conducted the their lessons using skype,  With that experience, during this time of limited social contact, she is offering her students the option of lessons, via a online option. Kids get a lesson, without leaving their house, and Rosetta maintains the student. It is the same concept that several of the school districts and Universities are employing. You and your families might find other creative using technology to fill a need.  

 

The biggest issue during a time of social distancing is remaining connected with one another.  At the time of this writing we were informed that Harold White passed away Friday evening. Sue is surrounded by lots of family and is grateful that Harold is a peace and is holding their son that they lost when he was six.  Below are several ideas that we all can do to stay connected during this time.

  1. Prayer is our most powerful tool, and our first response to crisis. Be creative in finding ways to implement prayer as individuals and as congregations.  Prayer calendars, specific times during the day to pray in unity as a congregation, video conferencing for group connection and prayer, and social media connections, can be powerful ways to join in prayer. Remember that persons we might encounter who are in fear will be most open to a word of hope, and a promise of prayer.  Pray for all those affected by the current crisis and be challenged to consider persons others might tend to overlook.

  2. Call a neighbor to check on them, say your thinking about them and ask if they need anything. A touch may be more important to that individual than the actual task requested.  

  3. Good time to catch up on your reading, or call a friend you have not talked to in a long time.

Luke 14:1 says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe[a] in God, believe also in me.

We have never seen anything quite like these times in our lifetimes. Closest might have been during WWII when the entire country was asked to sacrifice in ways that we thought were impossible.  Our grandfather’s, and fathers’ generations got through those times and God will lead us through these difficult days as well. We will get through this if we do not grow weary or lose heart. We look at this as an opportunity for us to learn to be the church in creative and effective ways. May God bless and keep you as we work together to keep our focus on the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Links to First Methodist Live streaming services.

9 a.m. Chapel Live Stream 

9 a.m. Order of Worship

 

9:30 a.m. Contemporary Live Stream

 

11 a.m. Traditional Live Stream or on our website 

11 a.m. Order of Worship




 

Links to St. Luke’s Live streaming Services

https://www.facebook.com/StLukesLubbockCentralCampus/

        

Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School Classes - 9:30 a.m.
Experiential Worship - 10:45 a.m. 

https://www.facebook.com/StLukesLubbockSoutwestCampus/

   Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. 


 

Daily Devotionals

    -The Daily Text    

    https://www.seedbed.com/daily-text/

-Upper Room Devotional 

    https://www.upperroom.org/resources/a-guide-to-daily-prayer

    -Our Daily Bread

    https://odb.org/

-My Utmost For His Highest

    https://utmost.org/

    -YouVersion Bible App (in iTunes or Google Play Store)

 

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