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May 8, 2020 - Drawing Near to God

As I was thinking about what I would write this week, my thoughts wandered to our present situation. It has now been almost two months since we were able to worship together in our sanctuary. It is easy to feel that God is not near in times like this. We depend on our time together each week, offering praise and thanksgiving together. There Is something about that time together that makes us aware of God’s presence.

One of our Bishops, Woody White, shared how he learned the difference between going to church and having church. Going to church is just something that you do. You show up on Sunday morning and spend an hour in the building we call our church. Having church is much more. You prepare all week for that time together. You have prayed, read scripture, and spent time thinking about worshiping together. All of this makes us aware of the presence of God.

For Ginny and me, church has taken on a new meaning. On Sunday morning we worship with all of you as we watch our recorded service together. We also watch our granddaughter Virginia’s service, as well as our son Bill’s service. Sometimes we also watch our niece’s service, from Georgia. We have looked at the scriptures earlier in the week, preparing to hear something from God. This is a blessing.

Still, we long for the day when we can come back together in our sanctuary.

I invite you to take some of the time you have now to prepare to worship God. Plan to have church.

Oh God, thank you for drawing close in our time of need. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

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