Saturday – Daily Devotional 3/21

Good News for Saturday, March 21st.

Pastor’s Piece

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!

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

Our Devotional


I love this time of the year when my Helleborus orinetalis, better known as a Lenton Rose is in full bloom. It gets the name from the fact that the flower blooms in early spring during Lent. Its color is refreshing after a long Winter season and it helps bridge the gap to Spring. As with the Season of Lent this flower symbolizes new life, rebirth and rejuvenation.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.  All of this is from God, who through Christ reconciled himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
              -2 Corinthians 5:17-18
 
I hope during this pause in our daily schedules and routines, that you can do just that PAUSE. Pause and think about how blessed we are for the gift that God gave us. We not only serve a God who creates amazing beauty like the Lenton Rose, but one who loves us so much that he gave his only son to die for us.
I pray you’ll be able to enjoy this Spring and will take the time to reflect on the Easter Season.

-Marcy Myers