Online Worship: Sun. Apr. 5, 2020

Created: Friday, April 3, 2020

Here is the login information for our online Palm Sunday worship service:

Time: Apr 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Web: https://zoom.us/join OR call 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 620 917-961
Password: For security reasons, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the password

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Online Worship: Sun., Mar. 29, 2020

Created: Friday, March 27, 2020

Although we will not be gathering in our sanctuary, we can connect in spirit of worship on Sunday online. In the meantime, please pray for us! Our worship bulletin for Sun. Mar. 29 is attached as we prepare for meeting online. Feel free to add this to your daily devotion and jot down a few reflections that you might want to talk about as we provide ways to comment.

ONLINE MEETING INFORMATION:
Time: Mar 29, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Website: https://zoom.us/join
Meeting ID: 174 066 635
Password: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the password
OR call +1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID: 174 066 635

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Message from Rev. Grace (Mar. 25, 2020)

Created: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father Almighty and from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

Hello, my sisters and brothers. I trust you and yours continue to remain safe and well. I cannot express how much you are missed and loved but how often you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I commend our scripture readings for this week:

And as was stated recently, “they are lengthy,” but are indeed food for the soul as we continue on the journey during this season of Lent. They are edifying in that we are keenly reminded that the “antidote for despair and suffering is the resurrection of Jesus” (Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen, St. James Presbyterian Church, Harlem).

As viewed through this lens, each passage speaks to the breath of God bringing us to and through the troubles we face. This Lenten journey is unlike any that we have ever seen or experienced before, but God is with us. Our John’s Gospel even contains the verse that everyone knows as the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But if we look closely, his despair was for the whole of humanity, as he was making his way to the cross in Jerusalem to die for us all...He weeps, but he prayed, knowing that our Father hears and answers...

Social distancing is new to our existence, but spiritual connectedness is not. Jesus taught us how to pray, saying, “give us this day our daily bread.” Each of our texts this week reminds us to refresh on the bread of life. “Breathe on me, breath of God, fill me with life anew.” And we are called to share it one with another.

Yes, there are and will be moments. Both Mary and Martha were not too happy in their grief and were surrounded by friends and loved ones who were grumbling and mumbling, “if you had only been here.” Yes, there are and will be moments when it would seem that the “should have, could have, would have” counsel of the throngs can overwhelm us and the cabin fever of “self-quarantining” have the walls closing in on us, but we can call on Jesus. There’s no shame to picking up the phone and saying, “I’m having a moment.”

Praying with someone can reboot a moment, like turning a black-and-white filmstrip into a high-definition color movie in an instant.

The “oldie but goodie” hymns of the church are flooding our souls like springs in the desert, such as the soothing voice of Elder Emma coming over Facebook singing, “I surrender all.”

As we continue with cautious distancing for however long it lasts, we are spiritually connected singing, praying, and rejoicing knowing that “It is well, with my soul."

Lean in - and lean on - my brothers and sisters. Lean on the the everlasting arms of faith. God is with us.

Peace and love,
Rev. Grace

An Important Message from Rev. Grace

Created: Friday, March 20, 2020

Greetings in His name and service!

I hope that you and yours are safe and whole. I am thinking of you daily, and you are in my prayers constantly. My spirit resonates to the tune of "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," the 18th-century hymn by Rev. John Fawcett with which we close our worship time together every week.

Please keep in touch with each other and let us know how you are doing and if you are need of anything.

We can keep together by phone, email, or mail. Your church leaders have committed to maintaining a clean, safe environment and are meeting to make sure this is continued during the duration of this crisis. We are forming cell groups who will pray together and form work teams that will clean and deep-rub our spaces so that they are ready for service the minute our doors reopen.

In the meantime, feel free to call at any time. The best way to reach me is via my cell, the manse's phone, the church office, or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). But in all things, prayer works. Forming prayer partners and on-line Bible study groups are first line priorities in our plans. Leadership is looking into ways to engage zoom videos, and call-lines. All things work together for good. My brothers and sisters nurturing and strengthening our faith in the Lord, be of good courage, and above all, be safe.

Always and in all ways, be strong.

Peace and love,
Rev. Grace