by pastor ed walker
The speaker in Psalm 46 describes a world that is falling apart. Even in the midst of all this, the speaker writes, "The Lord of hosts is with us; the god of Jacob is our refuge."
Then God speaks, "Be still, and know that I am God!"
At a time such as this, living in a time of great anxiety and social distancing, what holds us together is the God who provides refuge.
Take some time today to simply be still and know that God is with us, even now.
I want to offer some resources that I have been made aware of:
If you are caring for someone with memory impairment, this comes to you from our Pinnacle Living ministries:
- The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health partnered with VirginiaNavigator to create “Caring for You: Mind, Body and Soul,” an educational video course offered at no cost for caregivers of individuals with memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease. >Click Here
- Ten short lessons offer practical tips to boost caregivers’ confidence and their ability to care for themselves. This new program consists of 10 short and informative lessons.
- Participants will benefit from:
- Learning new skills and tools.
- A fully online course with lessons accessible at any time from anywhere without scheduling or leaving home.
- Micro-learning, allowing caregivers to learn information in brief bursts (five to 10 minutes) that they can apply quickly to their demanding lives.
Bishop Sharma Lewis invites us to pray at noon every day
Dear Virginia Annual Conference,
The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV) Prayer is essential to sustain our faith and Jesus Christ modeled a life of prayer. I would like to thank several of you that have suggested a corporate prayer time for the Virginia Annual Conference. I am very blessed to lead an annual conference that believes in the power of the petitioned prayer!
Please join me at 12 noon every day and pray the printed prayer below. Let us invoke the power of the Great Physician to do a mighty work in eradicating this disease all over the world.
Peace and Blessings,
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
We thank you for your blessings, past, present and future. You are our rock and the source of our hope in all things and at all times. As Jehovah Jireh, our provider God, we ask you this day to stretch out your mighty hand and eradicate from the face of the earth forever this virus called COVID-19 (coronavirus) that is spreading rapidly from continent to continent. We also pray that you, Jehovah Rapha, our healing God, would place your hand upon all of those who have been stricken by this virus and restore them to full health. Be with those who have lost loved ones and are grieving. Protect all who are caring for those with this virus and keep them from contracting it themselves. Calm our fears and provide us with your peace that surpasses all understanding. Strengthen us with the joy of the Lord and help us to hold firmly to the hope that only you can provide. Unify us that we, the Virginia Annual Conference, may be able to experience anew the promise of your presence in and through the unity of our faith, hope and trust in you in the days ahead and forever. We offer this prayer in the mighty name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Discipleship Ministries of the UMC offers these ideas for things you can do during a time when we feel so helpless. >Click Here
I am praying for all of you even though we cannot be physically together. I'm especially mindful of those who at higher risk of contracting COVID-19; those who live in homes that are now closed to visitors -- family and friends; those who have lost work because of the economic conditions; and for our staff who are working tirelessly from home to assure that we remain connected. This is so important lest we feel isolated.
Yesterday in our worship service, I encouraged you to remember Mount Olivet not only in your prayers, but in your stewardship. When we do not get together, it hurts the church financially. I'm sensitive to the fact that current conditions might preclude you from making offerings until things get better. But for those of you who can, please give and do so generously. Your gifts provide the means of our remaining connected.
You can use this link to give now. >Click Here to Give