Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
The Joshua Task Force has been watching over us with love and care. One of the factors for us to be able to regather with restrictions like masks, social distancing, washing of hands, limited numbers, etc., is the Positivity Rate in our area. If that number is below 5% for three consecutive weeks, and there are no other concerning factors, we can come back and worship again in the Family Life Center. (We will always have online worship.) The Positivity Rate has been steadily declining. If this trend continues, vaccines increase, and the new strains do not proliferate, it is possible that we can be present at the church by the beginning of March. What a day of rejoicing that will be. Stay tuned and we will make sure everyone knows when it is safe to return.
Jeremiah wrote a letter to the Israelites who were in exile. They were forced to leave their homes and live in a foreign land. In some ways, we have also been forced from our communities by this virus. Jeremiah encouraged the people to make the best life they could in this time away. And, God says through Jeremiah, "Surely I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
Continue to radiate love, show kindness, be generous, pray fervently, and worship God where you are. We are on a journey, and God is leading us. When it is time, God will call us back home again. Today might be a good day to give someone a call and ask how they are doing in this time apart. And, talk together about what it might feel like to return home, to worship at Wesley Park again.
For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.