Good News for Saturday, March 21st.
This is such a strange time that we’re living in. Many of us have a number of people we are concerned for and I think we all have more questions than can be answered. If you find yourself overwhelmed or worried, remember the box breathing I recommended during the sermon on Sunday. Slowly breathe in over 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Slowly breathe out over 4 seconds. Then hold for 4 seconds with empty lungs and repeat. This is a great way to slow down and be present in the moment, and it reminds me that I am God’s child and that the fate of the world is not up to me. I pray that it helps you too.
We will meet electronically again this weekend (and until further notice). You can catch the full service live on Facebook at 9:30am tomorrow at https://www.facebook.com/forthelake/. First we’ll share together with worship music. Then I’ll preach a sermon about the 23rd Psalm- specifically about what the I think the Psalmist meant by “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” I you can’t join us live, you can always view the sermon later on our website but we can’t upload the worship music due to copyright restrictions.
Just a reminder- we can’t electronically pass the offering plate. You can make a one-time gift or make a recurring gift through our website by debit card, credit card, or electronic check by CLICKING HERE. You can also always mail a check to our church office (or some banks will mail a check on your behalf). Here’s our church address:
901 Hwy 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065
One final note- I’ve had a number of you asking what we can do to help in the community. At this point that’s a difficult question to answer. Many local agencies are still assessing the situation and trying to come up with good ways to respond. It’s difficult to know what the needs are and how best to help in a way that doesn’t increase the pandemic’s spread.
John Wesley gave Methodists 3 general rules. The first is “Do no harm.” The second is “Do all the good you can.” The third is to “Stay in love with God.” In the coming weeks I’m going to be giving you opportunities and ideas about how you can stay in love with God. And, as we hear about them, I’ll be passing along opportunities to do all the good you can. But I will always add the caveat that we are also called to do no harm. There are countless ways each of you could love and serve people at this time. Please keep this at the front of your mind- please do all the good you can without putting yourself or others at a greater risk of harm.
I am so honored to be your pastor. There is no one I’d rather be quarantined with right now! Stay safe and stay well. And continue to find ways to bless others out of the blessings you’ve received from God. And find ways to be the Light of Christ right where you are!