Mar 272020
 

O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him;

tell of all his wonderful works.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Seek the LORD and his strength;

seek his presence continually.

Remember the wonderful works he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,

O offspring of his servant Abraham,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones. (Psalm 105:1–6)

These are the opening lines to Psalm 105 (if you find yourself with a few extra minutes on your hands, you may want to read it in its entirety) and much like our own services of worship, these few verses function as a call to worship. Specifically, the psalmist calls her community to remember and respond – to remember what God has done and to respond by joyfully sharing the good things that have happened. As you might imagine, the rest of the psalm is a joy-filled reflection on the history of the people beginning with Abraham and culminating with Moses’ liberation of the people from Egypt.

I think the psalmist is on to something here – it’s good practice to remember what God has done and it’s also good practice to share with one another what God has done. So playing the role of psalmist, I invite you to go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nwpres/) and post a comment or picture of how you have experienced God in the past few days/weeks – nothing lengthy, just a quick snapshot of the good things that God has been doing. Then, periodically peruse the post from our friends and family here to find an encouraging thought, an uplifting word, and inspiring picture.

Today, we remember that even though times are strange and even though we are apart, God is still at work and we are still a family of faith. With the psalmist, let us remember and respond!

Updates

  1. At this time, there are still no confirmed cases of this virus in Wilkes County, but we remain vigilant in doing our part to prevent its spread.
  2. Due to the high level of internet traffic at the 11 o’clock hour, Session has approved the temporary shift in our worship time to 10:00. Our live-streamed worship service will be available at 10:00 and can be accessed on our website.
  3. If you begin to feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please do not go to the hospital. Instead, healthcare workers are directing people to contact the Health Department (651-7450) to set up an appointment for a drive-up test, after which, individuals should remain self-quarantined until the test results come back.
  4. Continue to pray for those in our community in the deepest need and if you hear of community needs, please let us know by calling the office.
  5. 5. Keep up to date with the latest information by visiting our website or Facebook page.

Thank you for your ongoing thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and may God’s peace be with you all.                      -rc

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