A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
This Psalm has been on my heart during this time of separation and concern. When the panic seem to crowd into my mind, and the uncertainties seem to carry me away, I think about the God that watches over us day and night. He is our help, keeps us from harm, and is aware of our comings and goings. I work on my alertness to the Lord’s presence and protection.
I hope all our family at Charlestown UMC is finding the certainty and care of the Lord in this time of aloneness and uncertainty. We anticipate that soon we will be back together worshipping our caring God and encouraging each other in our walk and work for the gospel.
We are following the advice of our Bishop and Conference about the time we should begin public worship together. This week the Administrative Board of CUMC and I discussed the procedures for us as we prepare for worship. We are following the guidance from our Bishop, Tracy S. Malone about when to restart our worship and activities. The Conference’s advice is to not to restart public services until the state has reached Phase 3 in its reopening plans.
I would recommend each of you check out the Conference Website to understand what reopening involves, and other ideas for ministry in this time of COVID. (eocumc.org)
You are all in my prayers. If you have any concerns, please call me on my cell phone, or by email, or here on Facebook. I miss you all greatly, and greatly anticipate the time we are together again.