FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Dear Mt. Vernon Friends,
I hope this note finds you well and blessed. Linda and I just returned from a vacation celebration of our 51st anniversary. What a blessing to spend time together with our kids and grandkids after more than a year apart.
I had hoped to be able to experience “normal” life at Mt. Vernon this Fall, but as you know, we still have a way to go before anything returns to “normal.”
Patience is not my strong suit. Fortunately, I married a woman who has an abundance of it! Perhaps spending 51+ years with me has given her ample opportunity to practice and perfect her patience skills!
I’ve been looking for guidance from scripture for a time like this. I learned that the phrase “This too shall pass” is not in scripture! That was disappointing, to say the least. But I kept looking. Psalm 40 came to mind, “I waited patiently for the Lord… How long, O Lord…” Apparently, the Psalmist, probably David, had attended the school of waiting and patience.
But the scriptures that were most encouraging to me were:
I Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Brothers and sisters, don’t let the bad news and the renewal of Covid protocols steal the many joys and blessings we share together! Let’s continue to pray and do everything we can to keep one another safe and healthy. That’s the good news! We know what to do to get through this challenging time:
- Avoid Crowds & Practice Social Distancing
- Wear a Mask Indoors in Public Places
- Wash Your Hands
- If Sick, Get Tested and Stay Home
- Get Vaccinated!
We will get through this! Be blessed and never miss an opportunity to be a blessing! The best is yet to come!
Come, Experience God With Us!
Services are currently being held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in person on the upper law through Labor Day weekend. BRING A CHAIR! Services will continue to be live-streamed (and recorded on our YouTube channel for viewing). (MASKS ARE OPTIONAL but recommended unless otherwise indicated). Services are scheduled to move back indoors on September 12, 2021, and will begin at 10:30 a.m.
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Since January, there has been someone in the Prayer Room during worship. They are praying for the pastor, the music, parishioners, folks on the prayer list, the church - anything God places on your heart to pray about. There are Bibles and numerous devotionals in the room to help guide you in your prayer.
If you would like to serve in the Prayer Room, there is a signup sheet in the narthex or contact the office to schedule your Sunday. There are lots of open dates through Labor Day. When worship is TO outside, you can pray in the sanctuary. You can sign up for yourself or you can do it as a family. If you have any questions, see Carol F.
Anyone who isn’t receiving updates via our prayer chain and wishes to, please contact the office.
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