Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would like to share with you the reflection from our Zoom Coffee Hour on July 19, 2020, following our Sunday Service.
I read the Psalm appointed from the Lectionary for Sunday, July 19th, which was Psalm 139, verses 1-11; followed by verses 22 to 23.
Psalm 139 is one of my favorites because I recognize that there is no hiding from God’s presence!
We then discussed the ways that we find rest and peace with God at this time. People shared that being out in Nature helped to give them peace and solace. We also talked about ways to help those in need within our local community and beyond.
I concluded our time together with the reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 11, verses 28-30, which I hope will give you peace with the reassurance that God is with us giving us comfort.
Peace and love,
Listen to Deacon Lauren’s reflection.
LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night,”
Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and know my restless thoughts.
Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 11 Verses 28-30
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’