Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 9:30am - Livestream Worship

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One of the many things I give thanks for at SDUMC is the outdoor garden area behind Founders Hall. It’s a place I can come to read, pray, and just be still. It’s one of those places where I can truly “let go and let God” (finding a more substantial connection as I sit in God’s creation). I am sure many of you have discovered this secret treasure on our campus to disconnect at times in your life.
A few weeks ago, as I sat in the garden area on one of the benches, I thought, “We should do worship out here.” I remembered there used to be a show on VH1 entitled Unplugged in which bands and singers would acoustically share their music. I discussed it with our worship team, and they all seemed to think it would be a joyful morning. I hope you will feel that way as we share it on Livestream this Sunday. Possibly, we can challenge ourselves to unplug from one or two other things in the week to come (news, social media, electronics, etc...) that makes us feel disconnected in our spiritual lives.
We’ll be blessed this Sunday to have some youth and young adults lead us in liturgy and music. Also, Alex Bridges (Director of Youth and Family Ministries) and Jacob McCulloh (SDUMC Ministry Candidate) will join me in Scripture and meditations for a memorable morning of Unplugged Worship.
I look forward to sharing this Sunday morning with you on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (later in the day or week if that works for you). As always, I’m praying for you and grateful for how you have continued to share your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness with our community and the world.
I was reminded today that this is the Fifty-Seventh Anniversary of the March on Washington. The day which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his iconic, I Have A Dream speech. Take some time with me and meditate on ways that we may continue to live out his message (link to the speech I Have A Dream ).
May you find some time to unplug this weekend and listen for God’s message to you.
Grace and Peace,
John

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