Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14

 

Last Thursday, I was honored to be one of three pastors, along with Mayor Bill Blackburn and City Manager Mark McDaniel, at the Bell Tower downtown. We and several members of the general public gathered there to pray for our community and all those dealing with the effects of COVID-19.

We wore masks and stood six feet apart. We didn’t shake hands much less embrace physically. Yet, our gathering in the center of our beautiful city under the bright sun and blue sky, representing you and all believers in God, was a glorious witness to behold and be a part of.

It was a witness to the resurrection. In the face of danger and death, people of faith pull together in responsible and loving ways – pouring our hearts out to God, interceding for and encouraging one another, and showing the world that God is more powerful than anything in all of creation. God’s love has conquered and continues to conquer even death.

As I stood and prayed with my sisters and brothers in the faith, my heart sang and my soul was lifted. This gathering will happen again each Thursday at noon at the Bell Tower by the parking lot on Water Street for the foreseeable future. I share this with you in case you want to be at the gathering tomorrow. If you go, please wear a mask and stand at least six feet apart from other worshipers. This is easy to do as the gathering is small.

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We are united with the world in this effort to control this disease. Even more importantly, we are united in our faith in God and our love for one another. God will see us through this as he always does.

Holy and merciful God, though we are scattered, we are one in your love and wherever we are, we bow before you. We need your help now as we always do, and we know that you’re working in ways seen and unseen to help us. Thank you! Please give us strength for this day and the days to come, and comfort to those who are suffering losses of all kinds. Amen.

Pastor Sheree Harris         

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Lois Shaw on 05-06-2020 at 5:45 PM
Thanks for sharing. It is so comforting to hear words of comfort and assurance, and to be able to pray together wherever we are.
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