I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:1–4)
These are the opening lines of Psalm 34 in which the psalmist calls her community to bless the LORD at all times! – in good times and in challenging circumstances. It’s a remarkable call to exalt God’s name together, as a unified people of faith. But the purpose of the psalm appears to be this: blessing the LORD, praising the LORD, boasting in the LORD, magnifying the LORD, and exalting the name of the LORD – all of this is done as an act of remembrance. When we offer God praise, we remember that God responds . . . and when we remember that God responds, our fears are relieved. So wherever you are, let us bless the LORD at all times together.
- As of right now, we continue to remain safe and secure. Should you get sick, please let us know so that we can care for you.
- We have some foodstuffs in the office to hand out should know of people who are in need or if you yourself have need of it.
- Schools have started breakfast and lunch service for food insecure children. While there is no immediate need for assistance, please pray for those in our community in the deepest need.
- Just as a reminder, all programming has been cancelled until at least April 1. For this week, this includes the JubiLENT Lenten Lunch series, Wednesday morning Prayer Group, Kirk Night dinner and activities, as well as our Thursbyterian service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
- You may want to utilize the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for devotional reading – you can access the resource here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/yearbook/
Although our doors may be closed, but our hearts remain open to each other and to our community. May God’s peace be with you all. -rc