“The Parables: Messages of Hope, Help and Healing”

Rev. John Shaver

Live Stream Worship Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:30 am



Dear SDUMC Family,

My Friday afternoon prayers are with you as I type. Even though we are physically disconnected through emails, Zoom gatherings, notes, texts, calls (grateful for the CARE Team callers), social media posts, it has been good to stay connected as a church family. As with many of you, I have been trying to stay connected with family across the country. I was messaging with a distant cousin, and dear friend, Thomas Bickerton, who happens to be the Bishop of New York and I wanted to share some of his hopeful words with you all on this Friday…

But thanks be to God that we are not a Good Friday people. We are an Easter People — We celebrate life and know that suffering and death is not the end of the story. There is yet another chapter that includes the glorious conclusion that we are claimed, called, and loved by our God. This is the heart of the Easter story and it is, by faith, that which will see us through these challenging days. This IS the Good News of Easter and the Good News of our faith. Let us resolve today that we WILL BE Easter people who raise our hopeful voices to a broken world.

As we move into this third week of Easter, we will begin a new sermon series, The Parables: The Parables: Messages of Hope, Help, and Healing. Jesus taught people by telling parables-short stories from real life that address important questions. His short stories still speak in powerful ways and paint a picture of how God intends for us to live as Easter people in the kingdom of God. I hope that through this difficult time that we can spend moments in prayer and listen for the way God is calling us to be people that help, share hope, and bring healing.

This Sunday, we will be blessed by Sonja Hershkowitz joining us for music and virtually by the Carlsbad High School Brass Quintet directed by SDUMC member, Peter Manzi (Director of Bands at CHS). We’ll be livestreaming at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (if you are having trouble with connections, please email us at info@encinitaschurch.com) we’ll also send you a link later in the morning. Also, I am beyond grateful for our weekly A/V and Worship Teams!

Again, please know of my gratitude for the way that you are all continuing to live out our membership vows through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.

Grace and Peace, John

P.S. Watch the SDUMC e-news in the coming weeks for an All-Church (at home) Scavenger Hunt, Movie Nights, Livestream Concert by Sarah Amos, and other ways to keep us connected.

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