Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 9:30am -
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord...
Dear SDUMC Family,
As we watch the news, this is a difficult day for many. Remembering 9/11, fires all over the West Coast, the coronavirus continuing to disrupt lives worldwide, distance learning complications, inequities around the globe… Like many of you, I can become mentally exhausted as I try and traverse through these times. In these uncertain times, we have many questions that may swirl about our minds. I also ask for your wisdom as I pray that we can be people of hope. It is heartbreaking for me as a pastor to our preschool and children of SDUMC (also, as a parent) that I know they hear the whispers of our fears. I ask that you join me in a moment of prayer…
However, as Christ-followers, we have been given the gifts of hope and grace. I give thanks for mentors like Fred Rogers, who give me the words when I feel lacking. At one point in time, he shared these words. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
I pray that our children, youth, and community can see all the ways that San Dieguito UMC members and friends are "the helpers" in a world that seems chaotic. This can be a great invitation to our community to join our church family and be helpers alongside us. Even in these COVID-19 Days, we have many ways to share hope near and far as you can read in the E-news.
This week, we will start a new series Tasting Grace (you can read more about it below) and remind ourselves of God's gifts and the gifts we can share. I hope you will join me at 9:30 a.m. (or later in the day or week) for our Livestream Service, and we also still have some spots available for our 10:45 a.m. Outdoor Worship (please see the sign-up options above). We will also share in Communion at all services this Sunday.
I spent several hours this week praying for you all and the world while sitting in the Sanctuary and know that I pray for you each day as I look at the directory. May we be open to God's grace and hope as we move about our world today!
Grace, Peace and Prayers,
PS Here is a prayer I found, and we shared on our Facebook page that you may want to pray today and add other concerns as well…
O God, our hope and refuge, in our distress we come quickly to you. Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided, replaced now with an emptiness, a longing for an innocence lost. We come remembering those who lost their lives in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants who demonstrated the greatest love of all by laying down their lives for friends. We come remembering and we come in hope, not in ourselves, but in You. As foundations we once thought were secure have been shaken, we are reminded of the illusion of security. In commemorating this tragedy, we give you thanks for your presence in our time of need and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth, our guide, and our guardian. Amen.