We are called by Jesus to ‘love one another as Jesus loved us.’ Today, as I listen to the rain fall, I am reminded of the way I sometimes consider rain…each drop a prayer. Especially today, I am thinking of each drop of rain as a prayer to love one another.
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio 5/9
How do you define ‘neighbor’? The one who watches your dog when you are on vacation? The one who invites you to watch the Super Bowl? The one you never formally met but always waves and smiles to you from across the street when you get your morning paper? The one who always borrows your rake? Then there are neighbors who we do not know, whose face we do not see, who need our help.
Every year, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering helps our street neighbors in Bethlehem. The most recent report of Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering (May 4, 2021) included the following information of its past season: the shelter served175 men and women, totaled 4,565 bed nights and 2,200 volunteer hours (thank you!). In addition, 14% of those men and women were able to acquire some type of housing. Amazing ministry!
I invite you to consider donating to this ministry. Visit bethlehememergencysheltering.org
or visit my FB page.
Every day is a new day – true. Each dawning with a blank canvas the moment we open our eyes. Be creative, as you paint your new day! Embrace its unfoldings with grace and compassion. Color it with love and light!
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio May 2
Just for today, can we love one another a little bit more…care for another more deeply…open our hearts and minds to another view…extend a helping hand to a stranger…
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem
Worship 4/25 link –
Are you someone who sees the glass as half full or half empty? If the latter, try turning up the volume on all the good things!
St. Thomas UCC worship 041821
Peace be with you, Jesus said to the disciples behind closed doors (John 20). Peace be with you, Jesus says to us today.
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship service 4-11-21
At dawn, I found myself running
To the tomb where Jesus lay –
Shocked! To find amazingly
The stone had been rolled away.
I ran to tell the others
They, too, rushed to the tomb to see =
Surprised, frightened to the core
They whispered, “This cannot really be”.
They went off to their homes, hearts heavy
Trying to figure out what was going on –
I stayed behind in the garden
When I heard my name being called.
There the Lord stood – right before me!
My eyes could scarce believe!
My heart filled with joy – the Lord is here!
Risen from death in the grave!
St. Thomas UCC Easter worship service:
We journeyed with Jesus
from the meal to the garden,
to the cross, then the tomb…
While our hearts break in sadness,
darkness, disbelief and gloom.
St. Thomas UCC Good Friday worship service 040221 –
Shared a meal tonight with Jesus and friends…walked with Jesus to the garden…..
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem Maundy Thursday worship April 1st –
The snow-laden trees
The vibrant leaves
The budding hyacinths
The green, green grass
The grieving hearts
The children’s laughter
The sounds of silence
The wrinkled hands
The life of crime
The life well-lived
The lost and lonely
The world at large
God loves us in all seasons.