Waterville United Methodist Church
Dear Church Family,
Today feels like a great day. The sun is shining and we are being promised nearly 60 degrees as the high temperature. How often do we allow the weather or other circumstances in our lives to dictate our mood or attitudes for each day? Do we believe that God loves us more than to let external and even internal circumstances control how we experience each of our days?
In Nehemiah 8 the story is told of the fathers, mothers and children of the age that could understand requesting the reading of the book of the law of Moses. They had to make the request as there was one copy. Unlike the privilege, we enjoy of all having a copy of God's Word, only the very, very rich people of the Old Testament and the rich of the New Testament people, up until the printing press had the possibility of a personal copy of scripture.
As Ezra read the Book of the Law and the teachers taught the people, they began to weep as the Holy Spirit convicted them of their shortcomings in living according to God's desire. Nehemiah told the people in verse 10, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"
As a result of the people understanding God's teaching that it was time to celebrate not to weep. Also to remember where a believer's real strength comes from. Our strength does not come from any external circumstance it comes from the "joy of the Lord". During this season of Lent one of my prayers for you is that you will find strength from God as you search and find God's everlasting Joy in your heart. Joy in all circumstances as you acknowledge that God is with you. That inner sense of God's presence and peace that is ours, as we know that God loves us through every circumstance we face.
Here is one of the joys I am feeling right now. We had our second trade fair about the new building. There was again a lot of excitement in the room. We are working on responses to all the comment cards and will be making written responses as soon as possible. Keep watching the bulletin, announcements on the screens prior to worship, the newsletter, emails and first class mail as we continue to work together as a congregation to make final decisions about the future of our congregation.
May you know the love, joy and peace of God in all circumstances,
Feb. 4 95
Feb. 11 Cancelled
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WUMC FAMILY NEWS
HOSPITALIZED: Ana Nicholson, St. Lukes
PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT for the family of Henry Hanzl who passed away on February 20 in Foster City, California. He is survived by daughters Peg Divine and Beth Phares.
MARCH SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER
Prayer Chain: Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of March. If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.